Illinois Gov. Pritzker’s discusses factors to reopen economy in Metro East

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill – Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said testing, tracing, treating and PPE are things the state needs before things can reopen. Pritzker said the state is working very hard on the PPE and testing.

Pritzker did answer FOX2’s question about what his message was to those living in the Metro East where there were fewer cases than Northern Illinois. Pritzker did acknowledge a hot spot in St. Clair, Madison and Monroe Counties.

“I am taking into account there are fewer cases and fewer deaths. We are also looking at hospital availability and other factors to determine how we might think changes that will be good for people that live in areas where there isn’t as virulent of a spread,” Pritzker explained.

Pritzker started his daily briefing by stressing the importance of testing. He says two new state-run testing sites are opening, bringing the total to 5. 

One will be in Aurora and the other in Rockford. These facilities don’t need a doctor’s order to get tested. 

The state also reported 2,049 new cases and 98 new deaths. That brings the total in the state to 35,108 cases, including 1,565 deaths. That includes these Metro East deaths:

– Madison County: 2 males 70s, 1 male 80s
– Monroe County: 1 male 80s
– St. Clair County: 1 male 80s

The Illinois COVID-19 response fund also raised $30 million since its launch on March 26th. 

FOX 2 Newsletters

Sign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We offer daily headlines, breaking news, severe weather, and forecast emails.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

Popular

Latest News

More News