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Watch Gov. Pritzker's Daily Coronavirus Briefings Live at 2:30 p.m. Here

NBC Chicago will offer a daily live stream of the briefings at 2:30 p.m.

NOTE: Daily press conferences from Gov. Pritzker and Dr. Ngozi Ezike will be streamed live in the player above at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker will once again deliver daily coronavirus briefings alongside the Illinois' top public health official as coronavirus cases rise statewide during the pandemic, sparking concerns over a "second wave" of the virus.

"While we continue to see a safer pandemic landscape than back in the spring - in terms of positivity, hospital capacity, and community spread - and safer than much of the Midwest, things have changed," Pritzker announced on Oct. 19. "Every region of the state has started to move in the wrong direction. Cases, positivity rates, hospitalizations and deaths are rising statewide. So to ensure you have utmost transparency on where the state is headed, Dr. Ezike and I will resume these COVID-19 briefings on a daily basis until Illinois returns to a better standing in our handling of this pandemic."

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Pritzker had delivered daily updates early on in the pandemic, but those updates were reduced to weekly briefings over the summer "as Illinois began to see relative success in keeping this virus at bay."

NBC Chicago will offer a daily live stream of the briefings at 2:30 p.m. in the player above.

Bookmark this link or check back for the latest developments. Recaps of the governor's press conferences will also be available to watch below.

Dec. 18: IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike discusses vaccine distribution and administration in the state.
Dec. 18: Gov. Pritzker says more than 17,000 vaccinations have been administered in Illinois so far.
Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday said the rest of Illinois’ first-week allotment of 109,000 Pfizer vaccine doses has arrived and is being distributed across the state. He also reminded residents to avoid gatherings during upcoming holidays.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike encouraged Illinoisans to limit holiday gatherings to only those you live with and to virtual celebrations.
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said Wednesday that the state will still face challenges, likely in vaccinating enough individuals, before the pandemic is over.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker explained Wednesday why coronavirus vaccine shipments are expected to be nearly cut in half, while also introducing a new digital equity program.
12/15/20: Dr. Ngozi Ezike said she would do her best to dispel myths and misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine and encouraged Illinoisans to get vaccinated when the vaccine becomes available to the general public.
Dec. 14: Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks as Illinois receives its first shipment of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
Dec. 14: IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike speaks as Illinois receives its first shipment of the coronavirus vaccine.

Re-watch briefings from the week of Oct. 19 here.

Re-watch briefings from the week of Oct. 26 here.

Re-watch briefings from the week of Nov. 2 here.

Re-watch briefings from the week of Nov. 9 here.

Re-watch briefings from the week of Nov. 16 here.

Re-watch briefings from the week of Nov. 23 here.

Re-watch briefings from the week of Nov. 30 here.

Re-watch briefings from the week of Dec. 7 here.

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