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05-29-2020: Governor Pritzker Daily Press Briefing (COVID-19)

Governor JB Pritzker holds a press briefing on the state’s current response and action plan for managing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Illinois. The live stream will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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One person was killed in Detroit, as hundreds of people gathered in the downtown area as part of the nationwide protests.

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As the state moved into Phase 3 of Governor JB Pritzker's reopening plan, many local businesses are working on how they'll adapt to new rules and some easing of restrictions.

After 82 days, Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker Friday announced he is ending his daily COVID-19 briefings and will do more in the future on an as needed basis.

Asked what lessons he's learned during the past few months, the governor says Illinoisans should be proud of how state government has responded to the pandemic.

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Illinois Governor J-B Pritzker had some strong words on the death of a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a Minneapolis white police officer knelt on his neck.

More than 1,600 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Friday, the same day the state moved to the next level in its reopening plan.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Doctor Ngoze Ezike says with the additional 1,622 new cases, the state's overall total now stands at 117,455 positive test results.

An additional 86 Illinoisans also died of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 5,270.

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Business owners are readjusting to new guidelines, as Illinois entered Phase Three of the governor's reopening plan Friday.

Now that salons are allowed to reopen, E. Claire Beauty and Wellness owner Elizabeth Strusz says she had to make some changes.

The usual 8 stations are cut by half - to using 4 at a time.

After a client is finished, that station is sanitized and allowed to dry while the stylist moves the next client to the next station.

Ferrell Hospital Offering Emergency Childcare

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Ferrell Hospital has received a grant to provide emergency childcare for healthcare workers

Healthcare workers who have continued to work throughout the coronavirus pandemic have had to deal with daycare closures and school cancellations that disrupted previous childcare arrangements. Ferrell received the funding to open the daycare through the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network.

Caleigh Bruce, director of human resources at Ferrell hospital, said the service is free to employees and has been popular with the staff.

Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin announced that Illinois will receive more than 11 million dollars in funding to support COVID-19 testing in rural areas. The funding is part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, and each clinic will receive roughly $50,000.

A number of southern Illinois facilities are among the 200 receiving aid, including clinics in Jackson, Williamson, Saline, and Franklin counties, among others.

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As Illinois moves into phase three of the Restore Illinois plan,  Carbondale's Hickory Ridge Golf Course is easing restrictions as well.  Starting Friday May 29th,  groups of up to four people can play, motorized carts can be used with just one person, unless they're in the same family. 


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