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Gov. Pritzker thanks those who are stepping up in the fight against COVID-19

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(WSIL) -- Illinois Governor JB Pritzker says businesses across Illinois are stepping up their efforts to help the state fight COVID-19.

Many businesses and organizations are donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to the state. Those items include masks and surgical gowns.

During Gov. Pritzker's daily press conference he announced nine people have now died in Illinois from the coronavirus. As of Sunday, there were 1,049 confirmed cases in Illinois in 30 counties.

Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website.

The governor also addressed a Twitter battle he had with President Donald Trump earlier in the day.

The governor says President Trump and the federal government need to be doing more to help states across the country deal with the COVID-19 spread.

Gov. Prtizker is asking all those who can to donate blood. He says the Red Cross needs help right now to keep supply levels up.

Thousands of blood drives across the country have been canceled due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

And the IDPH says many things about COVID-19 are still unknown:

Health officials are still learning about this new virus and information and guidance is rapidly evolving.  At this time, it is still unknown if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  In these cases, which are a small number, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.

Jeff Weinrich

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