Pritzker: Evidence says Illinois is ‘bending the curve’ on new COVID-19 infections

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — One month since Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation for Illinois, the governor said there is evidence to suggest that the state is “bending the curve” and slowing the spread of coronavirus.

At Thursday’s briefing, Pritzker said the rate of rising infections is less and less exponential, even though the case number and death toll continues to rise.

The Illinois Department of Public health is reporting 1,344 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, and 66 additional deaths.

Based on the way the virus spreads, it is likely that new cases contracted the disease within the last several weeks.

Pritzker admitted that there is a potential for coronavirus to resurface in the Fall. “We are not going to be able to move on until we have much better testing,” he said.

There will need to be a treatment available before life will return to normal, the governor added.

When he was asked if there may be a relaxation of the stay-at-home order before April 30th, the governor responded: “Just because we’re bending the curve, it doesn’t mean it’s trending down, yet.”

Pritzker voiced concern that residents may see the data predicting a peak in cases, along with the warming weather, as reason to “throw caution to the wind” and venture outside and congregate, but reminded people that the virus is still out there.

The governor also said it would be likely that major events and festivals will likely be canceled for 2020 as the world awaits a vaccine.

Pritzker said medical facilities in the state can access test kits directly from the state and Abbott Laboratories, rather than through third parties.

The governor also said the state has provided $7 million to help seniors, with home delivered meals.

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