As the State of Illinois continues to build its supply of personal protective equipment or PPE, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker continued his calls for the federal government to help them supply Illinois hospitals with the necessary items.
Pritzker says they received another shipment of equipment this week and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is sorting through everything and will soon distribute it to areas in need.
The State will distribute supplies to the Chicago area and downstate areas including Champaign, McLean and Sangamon counties in central Illinois. The Governor says they are continuing their search to acquire supplies from all parts of the country and globe.
Illinois hospitals and health departments continue to receive the necessary equipment and Governor Pritzker says 22 sites in the Chicago area and nearly 100 sites in central Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 461 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois. Eight new deaths are also being reported, including the death of an incarcerated man from the Stateville Correctional Center.
Nearly 90-percent of the state's 5,057 cases of coronavirus are in the Chicagoland area and there are now 73 deaths in Illinois. 30,446 Illinoisans have been tested for coronavirus.