An infant was among the 13 new deaths reported in Illinois, the state’s Department of Public Health reported.
“If you haven’t been paying attention, this is your wake-up call,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of the state’s health agency, said. “We don’t want to be one of the hotspots that the Surgeon General predicts Chicago could be.”
No details around the infant’s death were provided.
Ezike said a full investigation was underway to determine the cause of death.
“There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant.
The Department of Public Health noted that while older adults are at higher risk of severe illness, and more than 85% of deaths in Illinois are among individuals 60 years of age and older, people of all ages are suffering severe illness.
There were also an additional 465 new cases in Illinois, where there is a total of 3,491 confirmed cases.