After declaring a disaster proclamation in Illinois - the state's version of a state of emergency - on March 9, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced plans to hold a daily briefing on the developing coronavirus situation.
You can watch each day's announcements live at 2:30 p.m. CT in the player above. For a recap from the week of March 15 see below.
March 21 briefing:
On Saturday, March 21 Gov. Pritzker announced new cases in his daily coronavirus briefing, while also issuing a call to action for all doctors, nurses and therapists to join the fight against COVID-19.
During the daily briefing Saturday, March 21, IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said an additional 168 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Illinois, increasing the statewide total to 753.
March 20 briefing:
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday, March 20, announced a statewide stay-at-home order aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus. Watch Pritzker’s full announcement in the player above.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed Chicago residents after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a statewide stay-at-home order to stop the spread of coronavirus.
March 19 briefing:
In his coronavirus briefing on Thursday, March 19, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced three additional coronavirus-related deaths in Illinois, bringing the number of state fatalities to four.
During Illinois’ daily coronavirus briefing on Thursday, March 19, Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced that at least 134 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Illinois.
During Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s daily coronavirus briefing on March 19, he addressed reporter questions about whether he’s considering a shelter-in-place order for the state of Illinois.
March 18 briefing:
In a press briefing Wednesday, March 18, Governor JB Pritzker announced that 128 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed across the state of Illinois.
Governor Pritzker announced 128 additional cases, including cases in two counties where the virus had not previously been confirmed. 17 Illinois counties now have positive tests, and 288 total cases are confirmed in the state.
March 17 briefing:
In a briefing on Tuesday, March 17, Governor J.B. Pritzker and other officials announced the state's first coronavirus-related fatality and announced 55 new cases of the virus.
March 16 briefing:
In line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday, March 16 mandated that gatherings with 50 or more people be canceled statewide.
At a news conference on Monday, March 16, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker discussed the directive to close schools statewide and the state’s coronavirus testing capabilities and availability.
March 15 briefing:
March 15 briefing: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all restaurants across the state to close to dine-in customers starting at the end of business Monday through March 30.
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