Metro East doctor sees spike in COVID-19 cases as Illinois reports record high deaths

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- Illinois reported a record-high 238 COVID-19 deaths today, surpassing the old record of 191 set in May.

“While it’s likely some of this increase can be attributed to a data lag from the holiday weekend, we also know that higher case numbers and higher number of hospitalizations do lead to even more lives lost,” remarked Gov. J.B. Pritzker during an afternoon press briefing.

Illinois is now reporting 12,639 COVID-19 deaths in the state. An additional 9,757 COVID-19 cases were reported today, bringing that total to 748,603 cases.

Gov. Pritzker took time to honor five healthcare workers across the state, thanking them for their service.

The governor also invited a doctor from Anderson Hospital in Maryville to share what he is seeing in hospitals in the Metro East.

 “We’re seeing a lot of spike in cases of COVID-19 this is translating into an increase in hospitalizations and deaths. Make no mistake this is a terrible disease that can affect so many organ systems causing pain and suffering in the last weeks, the long term effects to the body is yet unknown,” explained Dr. Christopher Farrar from Anderson Hospital.

Dr. Farrar also said the recent spike has put a strain on the number of available hospital beds, particularly ICU beds. He said that could impact the care of patients including those who aren’t suffering from COVID.

“As a provider on the front lines of this pandemic I’ve witnessed the misery and death the virus inflicts on patients and the emotional toll on their families. Because of COVID-19 families are now no longer able to visit their loved ones in the hospital,” said. Dr. Farrar.

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