Pritzker gives COVID-19 update in Chicago, addresses Supreme Court Census decision

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CHICAGO (WMBD) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is set to give an update on how the state is handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The press conference will take place in the Blue Room on the 15th floor of the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago.

Pritzker started the press conference off by talking about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end the 2020 Census Thursday, following a request from the Trump administration.

“To every Illinoisan who is watching and listening, here’s what you can do,” Pritzker said. “The new Census cont ends tomorrow. The time to fill it out, if you haven’t already, is right now. The time to encourage your friends and neighbors to get counted is right now.”

He proceeded to talk about the state is averaging over 60,000 tests per day over the last week, meaning the state tests more than three times the amount of other states. He said all 11 regions in the state have seen an increase in positivity rates compared to last week, putting the state’s positivity rate up more than a full percentage point as well as the state’s hospitalization rate for coronavirus cases.

“To date, Illinois has had relative success in keeping this virus at bay, and we’re still doing better than many of our neighbors, but we can’t let up, and these numbers are indicating a concerning direction,” Pritzker said.

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