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Watch now: Pritzker announces new contact tracing program
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Watch now: Pritzker announces new contact tracing program

Pritzker news conference

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces an extension of the stay-at-home order for Illinois as well as a mandatory face covering order at his daily Illinois coronavirus update at the Thompson Center on April 27 in Chicago. 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is announcing a new program to trace and notify contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. 

"When someone tests positive for COVID-19, a contact tracer will interview them to learn about their recent contact with family, friends, commuters, classmates and others, and if their exposure to any of those people in the last 48 hours was significant, those individuals would be notified and told only they had been exposed to someone who has the virus," Pritzker said as part of a virtual news conference held over a video chat program. 

The new Illinois Contact Tracing Collaborative would be a locally driven approach to scale up contact tracing that builds on existing efforts and heavily incorporates technology, he said. Two local health departments, St. Clair County and Lake County, were chosen to pilot the initiative. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health has sent assessments to all of the state's 97 local health departments. The department will use information from the departments to provide support. The agency also will support the funding for new hires at local health departments where needed through federal CARES money and Disaster Relief Act funding, Pritzker said. 

The state also is announcing 2,294 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 96,485. There have been 59 additional deaths, bringing that total to 4,234.

Within the past 24 hours, Illinois labs have reported 21,297 specimens for a total of 603,241. The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate is 14%. 

This story will be updated. 

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Contact Allison Petty at (217) 421-6986. Follow her on Twitter: @AllisonAPetty

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