Another coronavirus death in Will County, total cases reach 77

Yolanda Curtis
March 26, 2020

Additionally, 330 new cases of COVID-19 were identified Wednesday, bringing the state total to 1,865.

JB Pritzker moved Wednesday to give residents reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic a three-month extension to file their state income tax returns, aligning IL with the federal government's new summer tax-filing deadline.

IDPH also gave a racial breakdown of those with confirmed cases in IL.

The program would give the state more resources, such as unemployment benefits for those not now eligible for state unemployment benefits, enhance benefits for those seeking shelter, food, and emergency supplies, and new legal services and financial assistance to underinsured households.

Demand for intensive care unit beds and ventilators would also surpass supply.

President Trump has approved a disaster declaration for IL as the number of coronavirus cases rise to 2,538 and 26 deaths as of Thursday. The state has 26,000 non-ICU hospital beds, with 13,000 now available.

The number of fatalities has more than tripled since Saturday, when the death toll stood at six and Pritzker began a stay-at-home order that is keeping most Illinoisans in their homes until further notice except for trips for necessities like groceries, fuel, medicine or medical treatment. "What we've seen in other countries of COVID-19's ability to overwhelm (health care) systems - that could happen here, too".

Pritzker said a big question is how long will all of this last.

On Monday, Pritzker announced the creation of a task force to secure essential medical supplies.

"We can't just test, we have to treat", Pritzker said.

Approximately 87 percent of the 26 deaths reported to-date are among patients 60 and older, officials said.

The state also continues to ramp up its testing abilities.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that testing is important to understand the outbreak across the state and that some counties in the state are affected more by the virus.

A $14 million fund will help small hospitality businesses make ends meet, providing up to $25,000 to eligible bars and restaurants and up to $50,000 for eligible hotels, state officials said. Now labs are testing around 2,000 specimens a day.

Pritzker said that over 180 of healthcare workers are ready to come out of retirement and join the front lines to help fight this virus.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has opened three sites with its private partners.

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