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04-07-2020: 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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It's a strange and tragic pattern in some cases of COVID-19: The patient struggles through the first week of illness, and perhaps even begins to feel a little better.

Then suddenly they crash.

"We've seen some patients rapidly worsen," says Dr. Pavan Bhatraju, an assistant professor at the University of Washington who works in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. "They initially were just requiring a little bit of oxygen. In 24 hours they're on a ventilator."

Editor's note: This story contains language that may be offensive.

President Trump says the federal government's procurement and distribution of vital medical supplies to fight COVID-19 is "a fine-tuned machine," but many hospitals and state governors say they're still struggling to get what they need.

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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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A new case of COVID-19 has been reported in Williamson County.

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department says a female in her 20's tested positive for COVID-19. 

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As the number of COVID-19 Cases continues to rise across the state, many are wanting to know the number of cases tested in Southern Illinois. 

Southern Seven Health Department posted on their Facebook page, as of today (Monday) 113 tests returned with negative results and only 2 positive. 

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There are more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois. 

During the Daily COVID-19 Briefing this afternoon, the Illinois Department of Public health announced 1,006 new cases, including 33 additional deaths. 

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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.

More southern Illinois residents have tested positive for COVID-19, as coronavirus continues to spread.

Due to the COVID-19 shelter at home order, all SIU classes are now being taught online.

In order to give your viewers a meaningful context in your reporting, please compare the current number of deaths from the COVID-19 virus with the average number of deaths due to the flu in the U.S. over the last decade.

The new coronavirus is still sweeping through the U.S., so it's difficult to draw comparisons to past flu seasons. Looking at the flu and coronavirus in other countries may be helpful. 

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