Public Health Officials Announce 163
New Cases of Coronavirus Disease
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[March 21, 2020]
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
today announced 163 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in
Illinois, including the death of a Cook County woman in her 70s.
Three additional counties are now reporting cases; Adams, Christian,
and McLean counties.
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 585 cases
in 25 counties in Illinois. Cases have occurred in ages 3 to 99.
Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list
of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date
As the number of COVID-19 cases being reported continues to rise
significantly each day, the State of Illinois is working to increase
testing capacity by working with Illinois hospitals to implement
testing within their facilities.
Additionally, the State is working with the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens to set up
drive-thru testing sites in the hardest hit areas of the state.
These facilities will focus on senior citizens, first responders,
and health care workers.
Hospital capacity is another area we are focusing on by identifying
resources and ways to increase our bed capacity in Illinois to treat
those who contract the novel coronavirus.
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The State has been working with other jurisdictions
and businesses to re-open recently closed hospitals. We are
currently doing assessments at four hospitals in Illinois to
determine the current condition of the facility, medical resources
available, staffing levels, and what else is needed to open these
facilities in order to provide medical care for individuals with
We are finalizing these plans now and hope to announce more in the
For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at
1-800-889-3931 or email email@example.com.