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Watch: Pritzker warns of new restrictions, gives COVID-19 update in Rock Island

Parts of Illinois may face restrictions if new coronavirus cases continue to rise.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this April 17, 2020, file photo, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during his daily coronavirus news conference in Chicago. Pritzker took the unusual step Thursday, July 16, of preemptively filing a lawsuit to ensure school children wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when schools reopen in a few weeks. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker gave a briefing at the Rock Island County Health Department Monday at 1:30 p.m.

"This is our moment to pull together to protect the progress Illinois has made since the beginning of this pandemic," Pritzker said.

The Rock Island County Health Department reported eight new COVID-19 cases, meaning 1,480 people in the county have tested positive for the coronavirus. Currently, 19 patients are hospitalized and 30 people have died from the virus.

Pritzker has warned that parts of Illinois may face restrictions if new coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Four Illinois counties have reached a warning level for COVID-19 cases: LaSalle, Peoria, Adams and Randolph. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health said those counties are seeing a rise in cases due in part to large gatherings and some businesses not complying with state guidelines. 

Pritzker said businesses need to adhere to capacity limits. The governor emphasized that the fall school semester is going to be different and asked for patience. 

"This virus has been unpredictable," Pritzker said. "We can't let it go. We have to stay on top of this thing. As we seen increasing positivity rates, you don't want to open new areas where people can get infected. It is not difficult for a state to move from where we are to where Arizona is."

Pritzker also said the state is still "very concerned about adult and youth summer sports." 

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