Gov. Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ezike Talk About COVID Lessons

May 29, 2020

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.

"We're talking about the people answering the phones, people who are actually one on one serving people as part of state government serving the people of Illinois. They're second to none."

Responding to the same question, Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr. Ngoze Ezike says she's learned leadership involves lots of collaboration.

"At this level it's involved working with our various state agencies, working with our local health departments, working with all community-based organizations."

Both say they're proud Illinois became the first state in the nation to meet the White House's guidelines for moving forward. Illinois entered Phase 3 of its reopening plan Friday.