Today, Governor JB Pritzker‘s briefing focused on the mental well-being and a new remote health option for citizens of southern and central Illinois.
Citizens suffering potential depression needing to talk to someone may text “TALK” to 552020. Spanish speakers may text “HABLAR” to the same number. The number can also be used to type key words such as ‘unemployment’, ‘food’, or ‘shelter’and receive assistance information related to those topics.
The Governor also announced a remote patient monitoring program to assist those recovering from home. On a daily basis, these patients will connect with a health professional for a virtual health check. Participants will also receive a health kit including items such as thermometers, blood pressure cuffs and alcohol wipes. This program will initially be available in southern and central Illinois. Those needing assistance can call 1-833-673-5669. This recognizes that many who are afflicted by COVID-19 are able to recover at home and reduces the impact on hospitals.
ILLINOIS COVID-19 IMPACT UPDATE
Dr. Ngozi Ezike, MD, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,293 new cases in Illinois, including 81 additional deaths – the largest increase to-date. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 19,180 cases, to date, including 677 deaths, in 86 of Illinois’ 102 counties. Additional information can be found here. COVID-19 stats by zip code will be available here.