Illinois’ top health official on Monday said the state has received its first shipment of Remdesivir, an antiviral drug that has proven early success as a treatment for COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike
As Illinois cases continue to rise, Governor JB Pritzker spoke about reopening restaurants and schools, and holding games for professional sports. The governor also continued to applaud the state’s efforts in testing for COVID-19 while also saying there needs to be more.
Illinois Department of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike said that Illinois is at war with an invisible enemy. As fatalities hit a single day record and Governor JB Pritzker unveiled his plan to return Illinois to a semblance of normal, the doctor urged residents to take personal responsibility.
Illinois hit the second highest single day coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case total and the highest single day fatality total with 2,219 confirmed cases and 144 deaths. Even as the numbers appear grave, testing levels remain high and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says there’s hope.
As residents of Illinois head into their sixth week under a stay-at-home order recently extended through May, Gov. JB Pritzker on Saturday highlighted the availability of mental health services for people experiencing stress and anxiety during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. JB Pritzker said Friday that laboratories in Illinois completed more than 16,000 COVID-19 tests over the previous 24 hours, far surpassing its goal of 10,000 tests per day.
Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday state efforts to mitigate the novel coronavirus’ impact on Illinoisans, and residents’ efforts to “protect” their communities, are working.
Illinois has had the highest daily death total so far due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with 125 lives lost in the past 24 hour period. In the face of the increasing number, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said increased testing for the virus and antibodies is how we will be able to reopen the state.
During the statewide daily briefing, Governor JB Pritzker shared hopeful news that some of the state’s data shows a leveling of the curve. He added that the only way to keep that curve from rising or spiking again would be to stay the course.