CHICAGO (WREX) — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Illinois continues to climb, as does the number of deaths.
According to the Illinois Department of Health, the total number of cases in Illinois is now up to 753, an increase of 168 new cases from Friday's total of 585.
The health department also reports of another death, making it the 6th death related to COVID-19 in Illinois. The health department says the most recent death was a man in his 70s who lived in Cook County.
According to the health department's interactive map, there is now 4 cases of COVID-19 in Winnebago County. The Winnebago County Health Department says the 4th person to be confirmed with COVID-19 is a resident in their 30s.
There is also one confirmed case in DeKalb County, marking the first known case in the county. As of Mar. 21, 2020 there are 6 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Illinois Rockford Region—4 in Winnebago County, 1 in DeKalb County and 1 in Whiteside County.
The Winnebago county Health Department says they expect to see the number of cases in the area continue to increase.
"We expect to see additional cases in the Northern Illinois Rockford Region. The local health departments in the region, along with our healthcare system partners, continue to work closely with IDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the situation and quickly identify any potential contacts that may have been exposed. "
The health department says during this unprecedented public health emergency, stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care providers are being used rapidly. To aggressively address COVID-19, the availability of critical resources such as gloves, gowns, eye protection, and N-95 or surgical masks is essential.
To maximize the state’s availability of PPE, IDPH released guidance to limit non-essential adult elective surgery and medical and surgical procedures, including all dental procedures, until further notice.
IDPH is now encouraging surgery centers, veterinarians, and anyone with unused PPE that is not immediately needed to donate it to assist health care providers, health care facilities, and first responders who are on the front line actively responding to COVID-19.