To get more needed equipment to Illinois healthcare providers fighting the coronavirus outbreak, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has announced a few new initiatives for the State of Illinois.
The Governor at his daily press conference announced the formation of the COVID-19 response fund and the essential equipment task force. These groups will work to begin producing needed materials for production in Illinois and to purchase needed equipment.
State Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced more cases in Illinois and three more deaths to bring the state's total to 12 fatalities and almost 1,300 cases.
1,167 out of the total 1285 confirmed cases are in the Chicago-land area with seven cases in McLean County, four cases in Sangamon County and two cases in Champaign County.
Illinois has now tested nearly 10,000 people. In DeWitt and Piatt Counties, tests are now up to 13 negative tests and five pending tests.
Worldwide fatalities are now over 16,000. 512 in the United States (as of 3:30 pm Monday).