Gov. Pritzker decries ‘virus deniers,’ closes bars and restaurants in Illinois Region 4 as COVID-19 cases climb

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker called out “virus deniers” who believe the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax at a press conference on Wednesday, as a rise in cases in two Illinois regions have triggered further mitigation efforts.

Seventy-two of 102 counties have set new 7-day maximums for infection, and 30 counties are at warning level.

Pritzker implemented restrictions on the state’s Region 4 Metro East on Tuesday, as the area’s 7-day rolling positivity test rate rose to 9.6%.

Region 4 joins Region 7, which consists of Will and Kankakee counties, in the added restrictions, which include the closure of indoor bars and restaurants, outdoor bars, gaming casinos, party bus services, and saw gatherings limited to 25 people or 25% of capacity.

“Let us remind you, people are dying every day and thousands who have recovered still suffer from life-threatening respiratory and cardiac symptoms,” Pritzker said. “If the data show the virus is spreading at a high rate, we won’t hesitate to protect the citizens of Illinois.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,128 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 27 additional confirmed deaths.

  • Adams County: 1 male 80s
  • Christian County: 1 female 90s
  • Cook County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 3 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s
  • Crawford County: 1 male 70s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 2 males 80s
  • Ford County: 1 male 70s
  • Jefferson County: 1 female 80s
  • Kane County: 1 female 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 70s
  • LaSalle County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 90s
  • Macoupin County: 1 female 80s
  • Montgomery County: 1 male 90s
  • Perry County: 1 female 80s
  • Rock Island County: 1 female 90s
  • St. Clair County: 2 females 80s
  • Williamson County: 1 female 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 238,643 cases, including 8,091 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 26 – September 1 is 4.5%. As of last night, 1,596 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 347 patients were in the ICU and 142 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 32,751 specimens for a total of 4,119,873.

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