Gov. Pritzker: Illinois has taken steps to be prepared for Thanksgiving impact on COVID-19

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the state of Illinois has done everything it could to try and limit the spread of COVID-19 during Thanksgiving.

During an afternoon briefing, Gov. Pritzker says the state has put mitigations in place and has been working with hospitals to make sure they have whatever they may need to prepare for a potential uptick.

Gov. Pritzker also said he and others are deeply concerned about the rising number of infections, hospitalizations, ICU use, and deaths.

The governor implored people to follow the tier three mitigations for the state as a way to slow the spread.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, added it’s not too late to reconsider your plans you don’t spread the virus this holiday.

“Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet, people can still change their plans, change the outcome, we don’t have to have super spreader events at homes throughout the state and country and bring it back,” said Dr. Ezike.

Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 8,322 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases today. There also are 47 new deaths reported.

Today’s number is the first time since the state is reporting less than new 10,000 cases since last Wednesday.

That brings the total in the state to 664,620 cases and 11,533 deaths.

The preliminary seven-day statewide case positivity is 10.9%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity is 12.7%.

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