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State health officials report infant dies due to COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD (HOI) -- State health officials are reporting the death of an infant younger than one in Chicago due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said there has never been an infant death associated with COVID-19 and that an investigation is underway to determine to the cause.

“We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us," Ezike said.

As of Saturday, an additional 465 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Illinois, bringing the total to 3,491. An additional 13 deaths were reported, bringing that total to 47, according to the IDPH.

Health officials said 85% of the deaths in Illinois are among individuals 60 years or older.

"However, people of all ages are suffering severe illness," according to the IDPH.

The latest deaths reported Saturday were:

  • Cook County: infant, 2 males 60s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 70s, female 80s, male 80s
  • McHenry County: male 50s
  • Kane County: 2 males 70s
  • Lake County: female 90s
  • Will County: female 90s
  • LaSalle County: male 80s

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