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“It was a culmination of the pain and the fatigue, as well as the frustration and the anxiety that…history was repeating [itself] in this state,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says about wiping away tears during a briefing.

“We are getting close to the entire state implementing mitigation measures,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois’ Department of Public Health. “This is not just a warning, but a call to action.”

Holding back tears and trying to not to show her frustration with the state's rising COVID-19 cases, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health urged people to "fight the fatigue" and follow the rules to combat the spread of the virus.

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On Friday, the same day the U.S. recorded its highest-ever single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike fought back tears as she begged people to follow health guidelines

In a moment that captured the emotional toll of the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois Department of Public Health, was brought to tears during a news briefing as she delivered difficult news about the second surge of the pandemic

Illinois’ public health director on Friday again pleaded with residents to wear face coverings to slow the spread of the coronavirus, breaking at one point and pausing to compose herself after reporting the day’s grim COVID-19 statistics.​

Illinois’ public health director on Friday again pleaded with residents to wear face coverings to slow the spread of the coronavirus, breaking at one point and pausing to compose herself after reporting the day’s grim COVID-19 statistics.​

State public health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says those with different opinions about prevention should not see each other as rivals. "There is a common enemy, that enemy is the virus." Read more about COVID-19 prevention efforts in Illinois:

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Illinois has seen a significant increase in calls to poison control the past two days, the public health director said, including calls about people ingesting cleaning solutions and bleach

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced his five-phase reopening plan on Tuesday as the state saw its highest daily death toll from COVID-19. "The truth is we are still in a significant war with an enemy," said the state's public health director.

There has been a significant increase in calls to poison control in the state of Illinois in the last two days, Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said during a Saturday afternoon press conference.

"Even if you died of a clear alternate cause but you had COVID at the same time it's still listed as a COVID death." Illinois' Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says people are listed as a coronavirus death even if they died of alternative causes.

#coronavirus : The first death of an infant younger than one year with coronavirus has been reported in the United States. The death was reported in Chicago by Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike Saturday during a press conference.

The coronavirus is "not a death sentence," says Illinois' director of Public Health, referencing a survey showing 50% of those infected later recovered. “I want people to be hopeful, so we will provide these numbers daily."

Illinois is grappling with a Covid-19 outbreak in its prison system. 1 inmate at Statesville Correctional Center has died. 12 men who imprisoned at Statesville are now hospitalized. Other IL prisons show clusters, according to IL public health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike

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