Coronavirus Information Center

Updated: March 30 11:15 p.m. The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 500,000 people and killed more than 23,000 worldwide. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. As of March 29, nearly 4,600 people […]

News Around Illinois – March 30, 2020

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Governor Vows To Increase Testing As COVID-19 Cases Surge CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois will soon more than double the number of COVID-19 tests it can administer each day as the number of cases in the state surged. Public health officials announced 1,105 new cases, including 18 deaths on Sunday. Overall, Illinois has […]

Illinois Infant With COVID-19 Dies, Cause Of Death Unknown

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says an infant with COVID-19 has died and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of death. Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said Saturday there hasn’t been a death associated with the new coronavirus in an infant. She urged people to do all they […]

News Around Illinois – March 27, 2020

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Illinois Coronavirus Cases Tops 2,500; Death Toll Now 26 CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health says there are now 2,538 cases of COVID-19, a growth of 673 cases from Wednesday.  The death toll is now stands at 26. The newest deaths include a man in his 50’s, two men and two women in […]

Pritzker: Illinois Could Need 38K More Beds If Virus Isn’t Contained

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois would have to double the number of available hospital beds in the next two weeks to treat COVID-19 patients if the coronavirus is not contained amid a pandemic that has claimed 16 lives in the state, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday. The state would need almost 38,000 additional hospital beds, including more […]

News Around Illinois – March 18, 2020

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Currently, there are 160 individuals in 15 Illinois counties who have tested positive for COVID-19. Click here for a map of the affected counties and other resources from WILL’s Coronavirus Information Center. Chicago Woman In 60s Is State’s 1st COVID-19 Patient Death CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the first death in Illinois of a […]

Illinois Records First Death From The Coronavirus Outbreak


CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has announced the first coronavirus death in Illinois, a Chicago woman in her 60s who had an underlying health condition. The only additional information Pritzker released about the woman on Tuesday was that she was not a nursing home patient. The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 160 confirmed […]

Coronavirus Disease Confirmed In Central Illinois

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COLES COUNTY – A patient has tested positive for COVID-19 in central Illinois, with at least one other case reported but not yet confirmed by state officials. Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System in Mattoon is confirming a positive test of an individual who came to the emergency room. “We knew in advance this person was […]

Officials: Chicago School Worker Tests Positive For COVID-19


CHICAGO  — A woman who tested positive for COVID-19 after taking a cruise last month worked at a Chicago public school for days before seeking medical attention. Illinois Department of Public Health officials say the woman in her 50s worked as a special education classroom assistant at Vaughn Occupational High School after being a passenger […]

Illinois Man Who Went To Italy Is State’s 5th COVID-19 Case

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has confirmed a fifth case of COVID-19 in Illinois. He said Thursday that the patient is a man in his 20s who traveled to Italy. He is in isolation at a Chicago hospital in stable condition. Pritzker and cabinet officials offered reassurance that the risk of widespread outbreak of the […]

Illinois Officials Announce New Positive Test For Virus


CHICAGO  — Health officials say a person in Illinois has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the third suspected case in the state after two confirmed patients. The Illinois and Cook County Departments of Public Health made the announcement in a joint statement Saturday night. Officials say the unidentified patient is hospitalized in isolation as the […]

Illinois Public Health Officials Taking Steps To Limit Coronavirus Spread

SPRINGFIELD — With evidence that the coronavirus disease COVID-19 is spreading in several countries around the world, the Illinois Department of Public Health said it’s taking steps to limit any possible spread here.  The virus is not spreading in communities in Illinois or the U.S. But CDC officials warned this week that Americans should prepare […]

Chicago Couple Treated For New Virus Released From Isolation


CHICAGO – A Chicago woman and her husband, who became the United States’ first person-to-person transmission of the new virus from China, have been released from home isolation, health officials said Saturday. The couple was released from a suburban Chicago hospital on Feb. 7 and remained in home isolation until Friday, according to a statement […]