CHICAGO – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker will give an update Monday on the latest COVID-19 in Illinois as cases in the state and across the country rise to the highest numbers on record.
The governor is scheduled to deliver his speech at 1 pm at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago.
His message comes the same day as Chicago and Cook County begin new mitigations aimed at reducing the spread of the virus, requiring proof of vaccination for those who want to dine in restaurants, drink in bars, exercise in gyms or attend events in venues. of entertainment.
The Illinois Secretary of State offices will also be closed starting Monday due to an increase in infections.
Additionally, Illinois General Assembly leaders announced that two of the three scheduled days of sessions would be canceled this week due to the increase. Leaders said the days of sessions for the following week would likely be canceled as well.
Anticipating a wave of COVID-19 patients, Pritzker last week urged hospitals to postpone elective surgeries and other non-emergency procedures to keep more beds open.
“We are preparing for a surge after the holidays, and with the hospital staff already working so hard, I appreciate the work the hospital leadership is doing to ensure capacity, including postponing surgeries and procedures that do not are emergency to ensure their ability to handle severe cases of COVID and other emergencies without putting patients at risk, “said the governor in a statement.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, revealed Thursday that more than 500 patients a day are admitted to hospitals due to severe COVID cases.
“We want to make sure that there is a hospital bed available to anyone for any reason,” he said. “(Be it) complications from cancer, appendicitis, stroke, heart attack, car accident or COVID-19,” he added.
In addition to postponing non-emergency procedures, hospital leaders are also implementing other strategies, including intensifying telehealth visits, reallocating staff resources, and working to expand ICU capacity.
Pritzker also extended state waivers to allow out-of-state healthcare employees to work in Illinois and is encouraging all hospitals to implement new CDC guidelines that speed up return-to-work timelines for asymptomatic COVID patients.