Illinois COVID-19 cases top 10,000; 33 new deaths reported

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CHICAGO – Illinois COVID-19 cases have topped 10,000, state health officials announced Saturday.

1,453 new cases of the virus were announced, bringing the state’s total to 10,357 positive cases. 33 new deaths were reported, bringing the total to 243 deaths.

Two deaths of a Cook County man in his 20s and a Cook County man in his 30s were reported Saturday.

The governor was direct when asked why some people still may not be getting the concept of social distancing.

“They are not paying attention to the news or they are stupid,” Pritzker said.

It’s the same kind of frustration he’s expressed for the federal government’s response to COVID-19.

On Saturday, Pritzker echoed the sentiment that he doesn’t understand why President Trump didn’t use the Defense Production Act sooner.

“Most places will peak in April,” Pritzker said “They could have started this in February and we would have been fine and it’s very upsetting. “

The governor is feeling better about the amount of hospital beds available.

On Friday, the alternate care facility at McCormick Place was unveiled. It has 500 beds available now with capacity for 3,000.

Eventually, McCormick Place will be able to handle 3,000 COVID-19 patients. In particular, those with less severe cases who do not need intensive care.

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