CHICAGO (WREX) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and a handful of public health officials gathered Sunday to stress the importance of following COVID-19 guidelines.
Pritzker along with medical experts said wearing a mask, having at least six-feet social distance and refraining from large gatherings are the main ways to slow the spread of the virus.
"Having rules requiring masks in the midst of this pandemic makes common sense," Pritzker said. "Illinoisans want widespread use of wearing face masks and physical social distance."
There are 1,382 new cases of COVID-19 across the state in the last 24 hours. The state reported 2,190 cases Saturday.
The department also reported 8 more lives lost related to the virus.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois to 194,080 and 7,636 deaths overall since the pandemic began.
Pritzker said businesses must follow coronavirus guidelines or face consequences. On Friday, the governor announced stiffer penalties for businesses, schools and childcare settings that don't comply with health guidelines.
More than 41,000 people were tested for the virus Saturday. The statewide recovery rate sits at 95 percent.
Doctors say dozens of vaccines are being worked out along with treatments.