Deliveries of personal protective equipment (PPE) — medical garments designed to help protect against disease — from the state to nursing homes and long-term care facilities are expected to finish later this week, said Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker during his May 13 press conference.
The deliveries — going to 1,200 nursing homes across the state — are at 85 percent completion so far, Pritzker said.
Each delivery contains enough PPE to manage around 200 residents and includes N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and gloves. Pritzker also encourages facilities to use N95 mask decontamination systems to help extend the use of their PPE.
This happens as Illinois’ total confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbs to 84,698 with 192 new deaths totaling 3,792 deaths overall, according to Dr. Ngozi Ezike — director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
“[COVID-19] is not a hoax and we need to take it seriously,” Ezike said.
Ezike also stressed the need for people to continue following the stay-at-home order, wearing masks and practicing social distancing measures.