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Dr. Ngozi Ezike on the rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Illinois as holidays are around the corner: "The sacrifice is going to be worth it because soon we will be able to be vaccinated."

“There won't be many doses. I know I had originally quoted 400,000 doses. That number has been downgraded to something like 80,000,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“There won't be many doses. I know I had originally quoted 400,000 doses. That number has been downgraded to something like 80,000,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Tonight on #TheReidOut : Trump's continued efforts to steal the election while the pandemic rages across the country. Joining us: @JonLemire  @binajv  @ChrisCoonsforDE  @Globalist_Vi @MaryLTrumpn @CultExpert  Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Dr. Ngozi Ezike

"We really have to increase our ground game with this." -- Dr. Ngozi Ezike on encouraging Americans to take a future vaccine. #TheReidOut 

With new coronavirus restrictions now in place statewide, and hospitalizations from the virus continuing to break records, IDPH Dr. Ngozi Ezike says “there are absolutely zero easy answers” for reversing the trends and getting the virus under control.

“We are at a crisis level,” Gov. JB Pritzker said as COVID-19 cases continued to skyrocket in Illinois, with 15,415 new cases on Friday. “The virus is running rampant through our communities," IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike’s emotional moment shows health care workers feel COVID-19 fatigue too. ‘We feel trapped in many ways.’

“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.”

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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.

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

"I’m desperate to find the message that will work ... to turn this around," said an emotional Dr. Ngozi Ezike.

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 death toll from COVID-19 in Illinois climbed to 34 on Friday, as the total number of cases statewide surpassed 3,000. "Approximately 86% of those with COVID-19 who have died here in Illinois are over the age of 60,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.

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