#AllInIllinois -- the new effort to convince Illinoisans to stay home

The idea is that everyone has to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19

Alex Degman
April 02, 2020 - 8:53 pm

    CHICAGO (KMOX) - Illinois is launching a new effort to get people to stay inside.

    It's called "All In Illinois." 

    "All in for our heroic doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, EMTs, pharmacists, ER technicians, registration staffers, sanitation services and the hospital food service workers who keep our patients fed," said Governor J.B. Pritzker during his daily press breifing Thursday. He was outlining the types of essential workers society should want to protect during this outbreak.

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    The #AllInIllinois website features activities you can do to signify you're "all in," plus read positive stories coming out of quarantined households -- and hear from famous Illinoisans like Jackie Joyner Kersee about why they're "all in."

    Illinois reported an additional 715 cases of COVID-19 Thursday and 16 more deaths. That makes for a total of 7,695 cases and 157 deaths.

    But Dr. Ngozi Ezike, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, offered a glimmer of hope.

    In Illinois at the moment, 85 percent of people who die from COVID-19 are older than 60. But Ezike says she'd spoken with a Cook County couple in their 70s who were designated as cases number 3 and 4 in the state.

    "They're both doing great, they were happy for us to share that information," said Ezike.

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