Over a 24-hour period, officials said the state processed 82,256 samples for a total of 7,113,338. The seven-day positivity rate is 5.6% from October 15 – 21, the first drop since October 4.
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Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Illinois’ top physician, broke up during Friday’s daily briefing as she was giving some daily numbers.
“Today, we are reporting 3,874 new cases for a total of 364,033 confirmed cases since the onset of this epidemic,” she said, pausing before breaking out. “Pardon.”
Dr. Ezik left to get a box of tissues for him as an employee backed to the podium. The director of the Illinois Department of Public Health took a moment to prepare himself, then continued his briefing, pleading for state residents to fight the battle for the pandemic that led to personal sanctions and an upsurge in COVID-19 cases. seeing.
“My message to you is to stay strong,” she said shedding tears. “I have never run a marathon but I have the highest respect for those who are able to train, plan and finish a marathon, but it is a tough race when you cannot really see the endpoint. “
IL top doctor breaks down while declaring state COVID-19 count
She said that she shares the heavy mental, social and emotional tolls of the epidemic like other people in our country.
“I’m feeling it and living it myself,” she said. “I don’t get to live in some COVID-free bubble, free from the pain and tragedy of the epidemic.”
As of Thursday night, 2,498 people were hospitalized in Illinois with COVID-19, 511 in the ICU, and 197 on ventilators.
“The harsh reality is that the sacrifice we have made, and what we continue to do, is not a future expiration date,” AZ said.
He appealed to Illinois to remain strong and to remember that the real enemy we are facing is a virus, not each other.
“Putting our people through this again, it’s unfortunate. And I’m desperate to find the message that will work.” “I’m looking for someone to tell me what the message is so that we can do what he can to turn it on. The virus has caused it, and instead of pitting one group against another , We need to get that right and fight. Against the virus. ”
ABC7’s Eyewitness News asked her, in the midst of this new wave, what is the hardest part for her.
“If you’re talking about COVID fatigue for wearing masks, think about COVID fatigue for health workers, respiratory therapists who are going to get through this whole episode again, fighting for people’s lives Trying because we can he did not know how to control the virus by taking some simple measures.
When the village. When Pritzker returned to the podium, he took a moment to defend his top doctor.
“Dr. Ezik is a superwoman,” he said. “Since the beginning of this coronovirus, the burden of public health of the people of the state of Illinois was on his shoulder.”
The Governor stated that Drs. Ezik has shown the protesters up to his house, and through it all has continued to work very long hours, seven days a week, every day, and has expressed his appreciation for that.
Tight COVID-19 ban Chicago and Friday Four surrounding counties, as well.
Action comes a day after Mayor Lori Lightfoot Warning about increasing COVID-19 cases in the cityWith an average number of daily cases close to 700.
To cross the peak reached in March and April, the state government said that JB Pritzkar is now on a trajectory.
IDPH announced on Friday that 51 counties in Illinois are considered to be at alert levels for COVID-19. When there are two or more COVID-19 risk indicators that increase the amount of COVID-19, one enters the county warning level.
Counties include Adams, Bond, Boon, Carroll, Cass, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Declub, Douglas, Edwards, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Gallatin, Green, Hamilton, Henderson, Jersey, Joe Davis, Johnson, Kane . Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Macon, McQueen, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Radish, Orie, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rock Island, Saline, Shelby, Stephenson, Union, Vermillion, Wabash, Warren, Wayne, Will Williamson and Winebago.
Although the reasons for reaching count levels for counties vary, some common factors for an increase in cases and outbreaks are people’s homes, weddings and funerals, bars and clubs, university and college parties as well as college sports. Collect in teams. Family gatherings, long-term care facilities, correctional centers, schools, and matters between the community at large, especially people in their 20s.
The deaths recorded on Friday include:
– Adams County: 1 female 70s
– Christian County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 80s
– Clark County: 1 female 80s
– Clinton County: 1 male 90s
– Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 90s
– DeWitt County: 1 female 70s
– Jefferson County: 1 male 60s
– Kane County: 1 female 70s
– Kankke County: 1 male 60s
– Lake County: 1 female 70s
– LaSalle County: 2 women 90s
– Macon County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
– Madison County: 1 female 80s
– McLean County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
– Rock Island County: 1 male 90s
– Sangamon County: 1 male 70s
– Shelby County: 1 female 70s
– St. Clair County: 1 male 80s
– Tazewell County: 1 male 80s
– Vermillion County: 2 males 70s
– Warren County: 1 male 90s
– White County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s
– Will County: 1 female 70s
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