UPDATED: Illinois Disaster Proclamation Announced As Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases Increase from 7 to 11 from Sunday to Monday

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker declared a disaster proclamation Monday, March 9, 2020 over the coronavirus outbreak as the number of cases increased from 7 to 11 on Monday.

A “disaster proclamation” is the Illinois version of a “state of emergency.”

UPDATE: Four new patients announced Monday, March 9, 2020 are all in good condition. Two patients are family members of the sixth case diagnosed in Illinois — one is a woman in her 50s and the other is a woman in her 70s.

The third new case is a woman in her 50s from California, who recently arrived in Chicago.

The fourth new case is a woman in her 70s who recently returned to Chicago after traveling on an Egyptian cruise.

The man who was listed in serious condition on Sunday, March 8, 2020 is still in serious condition.

A sample of patients who are experiencing flu-like symptoms are being tested at 15 hospitals in Illinois.

The State of Illinois will begin daily updates on COVID-19.

The Illinois Disaster Proclamation …

• Allows federal remimbursement for state response costs.

• Allows use of the State Disaster Relief Fund to cover direct state costs and reimbursement to the Illinois National Guard and mutual aid organizations.

• Allows use of the state’s mutual aid network (MABAS), groups of public safety response professionals — including hundreds of health care providers and management professionals, law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, and disaster response professionals where they may be needed in areas of emergencies or shortages.

• Authorizes the Governor to activate Illinois National Guard reservists, including enlisted doctors and nurses.

• Allows expedited procurement should if necessary.

• Authorizes additional executive authorities to protect public health and safety.

Insurance …

State officials are communicating with the CEOs of the largest insurance companies in Illinois. Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare have announced they will waive costs for COVID-19 testing. Medicaid and Medicare are also covering testing costs.

IDPH Reminder …

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a statewide COVID-19 hotline (1-800-889-3931) or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Illinois’s seventh coronavirus patient was announced to be a Chicago man in his 60s. He was hospitalized in serious condition on Sunday, and was believed to be the first community-transmitted case of COVID-19 in the city of Chicago.

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