More than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Illinois, 18 more deaths

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,105 new cases of coronavirus disease have been confirmed in the state as of Sunday, including 18 additional deaths.

The latest statistics released by health officials bring the state total up to 4,596 cases, including 65 deaths. Those deaths included 11 individuals in Cook County alone, in addition to deaths in DuPage, Kane, Kendal, LaSalle and St. Clair counties.

Bond, Knox, Menard, and Montgomery counties reported their first cases.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said Sunday the state is averaging 4,000 tests per day, and nearly 28,000 tests have been conducted. He expects within the next 10 days the state will conduct 10,000 tests per day.

To meet testing demands, the governor says a fifth drive-thru facility has been opened, and all state labs will be adding a second shift and eventually a third to meet demand. Instead of manually loading machines with tests, robotic machinery will start doing it.

The governor says they are tracking how many people are coming to the intensive care units and how many people need ventilators to see just how much this virus is spreading, but they didn’t say whether we’re flattening the curve yet in Illinois.

Watch Above: Governor JB Pritzker gives the latest update on the spread of COVID-19 in Illinois, and measures taken by the state

Also on peoples’ minds is the recent death of a 9-month-old from coronavirus disease, the first infant whose death has been connected to the virus in the United States.

“We have not seen infants with sickness, and definitely not death in the past. The symptoms for kids have been cold like symptoms in the literature that’s been published,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.

Still, the governor and the department of health are telling parents to try not to worry. While it’s a devastating loss, the limited scientific studies available show it is exceedingly rare.

The state’s stay-at-home order remains in effect until April 7. The order requires residents to stay home except for “essential” needs or business activities, and gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited by the order.

The governor also had a message for landlords, reminding them that evictions are prohibited right now. In other states, nurses have had problems renting because of a fear of infection. The governor says he hasn’t heard of that happening here in Illinois, and it better not.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 290 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 1,514. So far, 32 people have died from COVID-19, according to the ISDH.

Confirmed coronavirus-related deaths in the United States surpassed 2,000 Saturday. Researchers say older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they’re far from the only ones vulnerable.

On Sunday, the U.S. government’s foremost infection disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the country will certainly have “millions of cases” of COVID-19 and more than 100,000 deaths during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Also Sunday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Americans should start to see checks from the $2 trillion stimulus bill direct deposited into their accounts over the next three weeks.

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