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Pritzker: ‘These terrible numbers’ should encourage residents to take virus seriouslyIllinois officials announced on Tuesday the largest single-day increase of novel coronavirus-caused deaths in the state.The 73 new fatalities in 14 counties — Champaign, Christian, Cook, DuPage, Ford, Kane, Kankakee, Lake, Madison, McHenry, Monroe, Tazewell, Will and Winnebago — bring Illinois’ total to 380. Coles, Lawrence, Richland and Shelby counties each reported their first confirmed cases of the virus Tuesday.Coroners and medical examiners across the state may be conducting post-mortem tests to properly adjust that figure, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said.She added 1,287 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. There are now 13,549 cases in 77 counties.The number of actual cases is likely higher, as testing is not widely available, Gov. JB Pritzker said. About 19 percent of the 68,732 people tested for the virus in Illinois have tested positive, he added.“I’ve said all along that this would get worse before it gets better, but speaking the truth in no way softens the blow when it does, in fact, get worse,” the governor said at his daily briefing in Chicago. “...It’s okay to let yourself feel all the pain that there is to feel today. I, too, am grieving, but I want you to know that my grief is only fueling my efforts to fight this virus and win.”In an IDPH survey of those who received a positive COVID-19 test seven days ago, 43 percent responded they had already recovered, Ezike said, calling it “positive news.”Pritzker added “these terrible numbers” should caution Illinoisans that the novel coronavirus pandemic is “deadly serious.” Residents should continue to follow the stay-at-home and social distancing orders, frequently wash their hands, sanitize regularly-used objects and surfaces and wear a face covering when going outside, the governor said.The governor said he has not “encouraged” law enforcement personnel to enforce the stay-at-home order, clarifying that local governments largely have that discretion. Pritzker did say, however, that if people are widely not social distancing, “at some point it is worthy of considering a real consequence.”

The Iroquois County Public Health Department has confirmed one additional case of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an Iroquois County resident on April 5, 2020. Laboratory confirmed results for this individual were received today. They will remain in isolation per Illinois Department of Public Health guidance.