Ngozi Ezike

Ezike says State ‘Getting Close’ to Next Phase of Reopening

Mar 16, 2021

Illinois Department of Public health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said on Monday the state is “getting close” to the next phase of reopening amid increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates and decreasing positivity rates.

Speaking in a Senate Health Committee meeting, Ezike said the state has been working on a phased reopening plan that could be announced by Governor JB Pritzker later this week.

InFocus 105: Renewal

Jan 29, 2021

January is traditionally a time of renewal and new starts. How does that apply to a global health crisis? We'll take a closer look at how new vaccines and treatments are changing the way healthcare professionals are caring for patients and working to keep others healthy. The New Year may also bring new rules that affect how we live and work. We'll explore what some of those options look like, and what you need to know as you make your own resolutions and plans.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.

Illinois leaders continue to add to their COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan once doses become available to the general public.

State Department of Public Health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says it will be an All-In Illinois effort.

Governor J-B Pritzker provided more details Friday on Illinois' vaccine distribution plan.

Pritzker says the first round will go to healthcare workers and long-term care residents, known as Phase 1A.

Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19.

At a Monday briefing, Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said she knows a lot of people are concerned about the speed at which the vaccine is being developed, but this process is different.

Many bar and restaurant owners in southern Illinois are not happy they're being told to shut down their indoor service because of rising COVID-19 metrics.

Number of Regions Slated for Added COVID-19 Mitigations Jumps to 4

Oct 20, 2020
Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois

Two more of the 11 regions of the state’s COVID-19 mitigation plan have reached a threshold necessitating increased restrictions, joining two other regions which remain above the key metric.

Will and Kankakee counties in Region 7 and DuPage and Kane counties in Region 8 will be closed for indoor service at bars and restaurants and will see capacity limits of 25 people or 25 percent of maximum occupancy among other restrictions. The mitigations will take effect Friday.

Wednesday, Illinois is reporting its most confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the month of July.

Now that the State of Illinois has released guidelines to help school districts prepare for the return of students to the classroom this fall, the state's leading health official says it's time to get young people ready from a health standpoint.

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.

There remains confusion about how the Illinois Department of Public Health determines if COVID-19 was the primary factor in a person's death.