Appearing with Pritzker Wednesday, the head of the trade group representing IL hotels and motels said his industry is expecting as many as 120,000 job cuts around the state in coming weeks and hailed the relief funds as "critical resources to hoteliers to avoid as many layoffs as possible".
"Now is not the time to abandon the only measures we know will help us", he said during the governor's Tuesday afternoon press briefing.
The state saw an additional 250 confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Beginning in February labs could process around 50 tests a day.
The Illinois National Guard's drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, located at 6959 W. Forest Preserve Road, is open daily from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. unless testing capacity is met earlier in the day.
"Testing helps demonstrate the actual reach of COVID-19 and informs us how we can potentially isolate the outbreak even as we work to flatten the curve", Pritzker said.More news: After the leak, Dua Lipa advances the launch of 'Future nostalgia'
IL is working to increase its health care capacity, Pritzker said, "so when we do arrive at that next phase we will have the capacity to meet that much greater need". The state has 26,000 non-ICU hospital beds, with 13,000 now available. "We are not immune".
Pritzker said he also is seeking another disaster declaration for all 102 counties of IL to be able to access the Federal Emergency Management Agency's individual assistance program.
Pritzker said the difference between a regular ICU bed and a COVID-19 bed is a ventilator. "Since the beginning of the month, IL has received over 100,000 more unemployment claims than we had by this point in March of a year ago".
IDPH also gave a racial breakdown of those with confirmed cases in IL.
Pritzker said a big question is how long will all of this last.More news: Coronavirus: What help will self-employed get from government?
"You can't have a livelihood without a life", Pritzker said.
The majority of cases are in Cook County, followed by Lake and DuPage counties.
"What we've done already is ... to make sure a worst case scenario does not become our reality", Pritzker said.
The total of lives lost in IL due to COVID-19 is now at 16.
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Sixteen percent of those who contract the virus require hospitalization, and 4% require being placed in ICU.