Illinois Reports 673 Additional COVID-19 Coronavirus Cases Thursday

ILLINOIS - There are an additional 673 COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Illinois.

KWQC TV6 reports the Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike says, "Even if you happen to live in a county that does not have a case right now, you should absolutely take precautions and follow all of the same guidance as if you knew the virus was circulating in your community, because it is."

The Health Department reports seven more deaths from the virus. They include a man in his 50s, two men and two women in the 60s, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s. Health officials say of the 26 deaths reported in Illinois, 87% of them are age 60 and older.

The Rock Island County Health Department confirmed a man in his 60's tested positive on Thursday. This is the fourth case in Rock Island County. The man is hospitalized but no further information is available.

Governor J.B. Pritzker held a news conference Thursday and said President Trump granted his request for a major federal disaster declaration. That will provide emergency funding to hospitals and housing. It also expands telehealth as a safe alternative to reach more residents in need of care. Pritzker is seeking another disaster declaration for all 102 counties to access FEMA individual assistance.

Photo courtesy of KWQC TV6.

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