Illinois records first coronavirus infant death

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Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. (Photo via Good Free Photos)

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Saturday reported the death of an infant younger than one year in Chicago who tested positive for coronavirus disease. 

“There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant.  A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike during the daily press conference.  “We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us.”

Older adults are still at higher risk of severe illness, and more than 85% of deaths in Illinois are among individuals 60 years of age and older, the IDPH said.  However, people of all ages are suffering severe illness.

IDPH reported 465 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 13 new deaths, on Saturday.

Carroll County in northwestern Illinois, Fayette County in the south, and Macon County in central Illinois are now reporting cases, bringing the number of counties up to 43.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 3,491 cases, including 47 deaths. 

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.  

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