Illinois public health officials reported 296 new cases of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus — bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 1,049 and nine deaths as of March 22.
Just two days ago on March 20, Illinois had only 585 cases, The Phoenix reported. Most of the cases are concentrated in the Chicago/Cook County area, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website.
To help combat the spread of the virus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a statewide stay-at-home order in effect until April 7 — ordering all non-essential businesses closed and encouraging people to stay indoors — The Phoenix reported.
Nationally, the U.S. has 15,219 cases and 201 deaths according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website — but information hasn’t been updated on the website since March 20.