(The Center Square) — One day after its primary election, Illinois officials announced a spike in the number of residents who have tested positive for coronavirus.
Public health officials revealed 128 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois to 288. Nine days ago, there were 11 confirmed cases in the state.
Officials also announced cases in two new counties, Kendall and Madison.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker spoke to reporters from Murphysboro in southern Illinois.
“This virus knows no boundaries,” Pritzker said. “Make no mistake, no place and no person is immune from COVID-19.”
The age of people who have been diagnosed as having COVID-19 now ranges from 9 to 91.
The governor and other health officials had just returned from a tour of a testing facility in Carbondale.
“The grim truth is that these numbers will continue to grow significantly, as will likely the unfortunate statistic of fatalities,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.
She said the number of cases at a nursing home in DuPage County nearly doubled to 42. Thirty residents and 12 workers tested positive, Ezike said.
Ezike also asked parents who were allowing for playdates with other kids to stop the practice. She said such gatherings would negate the benefits of the governor’s decision to close schools statewide.
Pritzker also announced a new website that will act as a catch-all for the state’s information regarding COVID-19.
Coronavirus.illinois.gov will have updates on statistics, news conferences, answer to questions regarding the ongoing pandemic, and information for unemployment and small business assistance.