CHICAGO – During Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Wednesday new conference, the governor and state health officials announced 1,356 new cases of COVID-19 throughout Illinois, plus an additional 80 deaths.
The state now reports a total of 24,593 Coronavirus cases, and 948 deaths.
The governor announced Illinois could potentially face a $7 billion budget deficit over the next two years due to COVID-19’s impact on the economy. He said he expects a $2.7 million shortfall for this year’s, which ends June 30.
“We will need to make extraordinarily difficult decisions on top of the difficult decisions that we’ve already made,” Pritzker said. “But together with the state Legislature, we will make them and we will do so with an unswerving dedication to fairness.”
Several cases were reported in southern Illinois Wednesday as well. Here are the latest:
Jackson County (39 total)
- Male in his eighties, likely through known case, at home isolated.
Franklin-Williamson Bi-County (5 F, 12 W)
- Three-year-old baby from Williamson County, likely acquired locally, at home isolated.
Jefferson County (10 total)
- Male in his seventies, isolated at a local hospital.
- Female in her fifties from Pulaski County (5 total), isolated.
- Female in her forties from Johnson County (2 total), isolated.
- Male in his sixties from Union County (3 total), isolated.
- Male in his seventies from Union County, isolated.