Illinois Coronavirus Update April 14: 794 Deaths

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ACROSS ILLINOIS — State health officials said 1,173 new coronavirus cases were detected in Illinois since Sunday and 74 more people had died across Illinois as the outbreak continued to spread. The state's total number of coronavirus cases is now over 22,000.

Meanwhile, Gov. J.B. Pritzker addressed the steps being taken to speed up the unemployment filing process as more and more residents find themselves out of work as the stay-at-home order continues until at least April 30.

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In Chicago, an election judge has also died after becoming ill five days after presiding over the March 17 primary, which went ahead even as bars and restaurants were closed to dine-in customers and schools were closed statewide.

The 74 additional deaths brought Illinois' death toll to 794. The deaths include:

  • Cook County: 2 males 30s, 1 female 40s, 3 males 40s, 7 males 50s, 6 females 60s, 8 males 60s, 8 females 70s, 5 males 70s, 8 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 2 males 90s, 1 female 100+

  • DuPage County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

  • Fayette County: 1 female 90s

  • Jasper County: 1 female 90s

  • Kane County: 1 female 90s

  • Lake County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s

  • McHenry County: 1 male 70s

  • Will County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 582,000 Americans have been infected by the virus and 23,646 had died nationwide as of Tuesday morning.

More than 95,000 Americans were hospitalized due to coronavirus, and more than 44,000 patients in the U.S. have recovered.

Globally, more than 1.9 million people have been infected and at least 120,450 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least 462,061 people worldwide have recovered from coronavirus.

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Coronavirus by the numbers:

Illinois:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 22,025

  • People tested: 105,768

  • Deaths: 794

  • Recovered: No data available

Nationwide:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 582,594

  • Deaths: 23,649

  • Hospitalized: 95,505

  • Recovered: 44,308

Global:

  • Total number of coronavirus cases: 1,930,780

  • Deaths: 120,450

  • Recovered: 462,061

Sources: Johns Hopkins University and IDPH

Tips from the CDC on dealing with coronavirus:

While the best way to prevent illness is to avoid virus exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention generally recommends taking these actions to prevent the spread of viruses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

What to do if you're sick:

Call head if you're planning to visit your doctor:

  • If you have a medical appointment, call the health care provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the health care provider's office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Stay home unless you must see a doctor:

  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.

  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.

  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home:

  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

  • Limit contact with pets and animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just as you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.

  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a face mask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

Avoid sharing personal household items:

  • Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.

  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Masks:

  • CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
    CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

  • Face mask instructions - sew- and no-sew masks

To donate personal protective equipment (PPE), email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the state coronavirus hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

This article originally appeared on the Across Illinois Patch

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