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Watch Live: Pritzker to Deliver Coronavirus Update

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is scheduled to deliver an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday.

The governor is set to speak at a news conference at 2:30 p.m. at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago, according to his public schedule.

His news conference Wednesday follows two days of appearances in areas state health officials have said are now at a "warning level" for the spread of coronavirus.

The warning issued Friday means each of the counties saw increases in two or more COVID-19 "risk indicators," the health department said. The counties now under a warning include: Cass, Gallatin, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Perry, Randolph, Saline, Sangamon, St. Clair, and White.

The counties each "saw outbreaks associated with business operations and activities posing higher risk for disease spread, including school graduation ceremonies, a rise in cases among late teens and 20s, parties and social gatherings, people going to bars, long-term care outbreaks, clusters of cases associated with restaurants and churches, and big sports events including soccer, golf, and softball tournaments," the health department stated. 

On Monday, Pritzker unveiled a new statewide public awareness campaign in Springfield, within Sangamon County, urging residents to wear face coverings outside the home using the tagline, "It only works if you wear it."

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