Infant among 13 new COVID-19 deaths in Illinois; Nearly 3,500 cases reported

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CHICAGO — An infant in the state has died from COVID-19, Gov. Pritzker announced Saturday.

Illinois now has 3,491 COVID-19 cases and 47 deaths after the governor announced 465 new cases of the virus Saturday. 13 more deaths were announced, including an infant and a state worker.

The infant lived in Cook County. During his update, Gov. Pritzker reiterated that experts have told him that mortality risk among children with COVID-19 is very low.

Older adults are at higher risk of severe illness, and more than 85% of deaths in Illinois are among individuals 60 years of age and older.

“If you haven’t been paying attention,” said Dr. Ezike during the news conference. “Maybe this is your wake up call.”

Gov. Pritzker called on businesses to donate PPE after recognizing McDonald’s for donating 400,000 masks.

“Tattoo parlors, nail salons, elective surgery centers, podiatry dermatology, and even construction companies,” Pritzker said.

The United Center is hosting a PPE drive Sunday afternoon from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. McCormick Place will be used as the state’s first field hospital. 3,000 hospital beds will be installed by the end of April.

If you have PPE to donate, you can email the state here.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections worldwide topped 600,000 on Saturday.

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