Springfield, IL – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health made a smart decision by acting quickly at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Durbin says Illinois has learned a valuable lesson by making careful and tough choices to save lives. He notes there were many people demanding the state open earlier than it had during the stay-at-home period.
The Senator says other states that opened earlier are paying the price today.
"Those who were careful in the way that they sheltered in place and had strict guidelines – some of them which were unpopular and uncomfortable – are now in better shape today than those who followed the early advice. ‘Just ignore it, it will go away,’" Durbin said in reference to President Donald Trump’s initial message to leaders. "It hasn’t gone away."
Illinois’s infection rate Thursday was 2.9%. Meanwhile, Indiana and Iowa are reporting an 8% positivity rate. Missouri saw over 5.5% of their test results come back positive.
July 16, 2020 at 09:26PM