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Pritzker on easing up COVID mitigations: ‘we will take action when things are improving’

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CHICAGO (WREX) — It might be a few weeks before Illinois sees some of its COVID-19 mitigations relaxed.

Governor JB Pritzker addressed the status of the virus Thursday morning during an unrelated press conference.

Gov. Pritzker said the state continues to watch the numbers closely, but a few days of a decline in numbers won't be enough for mitigations to be relaxed.

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"When put together an average day it seems like things are flattening. And that's a really good piece of news for all of us and so I'm watching closely and will watch the numbers over the next few days to see whether we can string together," Pritzker said. "A week in two weeks of numbers not just flattening but heading down and then- we know will take action certainly as we see things improving."

The sentiment echoes what Pritzker said earlier this week, where he said "We’ve got to really see the curve heading downward."

The governor did not provide details on what relaxed mitigations would look like on Thursday.

"There are lots of options certainly and again I want to make sure that we're heading in the right direction before we might do anything that would lead to an increase in the number of cases," he said.

AThe state is set to release updated coronavirus numbers on Friday.

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