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Rural hospitals brace for downstate surge of COVID-19 Rural hospitals brace for downstate surge of COVID-19

Rural hospitals brace for downstate surge of COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 outbreak in Illinois so far has been mainly concentrated around the Chicago area, public health officials are bracing for a surge of cases in rural areas of downstate Illinois, including areas that already have shortages of hospital beds, health care providers and equipment.

UPDATED: State again sees largest single-day increase in COVID-19 deaths with 82 UPDATED: State again sees largest single-day increase in COVID-19 deaths with 82

UPDATED: State again sees largest single-day increase in COVID-19 deaths with 82

Another 82 people have died from complications of novel coronavirus disease in Illinois and the state announced more than 1,529 new cases Wednesday as Gov. JB Pritzker said testing still lags behind public health officials’ goal. 

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