Illinois Coronavirus Total Rises To 288 Cases

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois state officials on Wednesday said the state's number of novel coronavirus cases has risen to 288, an increase of 128 from the day before. 

The cases now straddle 17 different counties, including two newcomers: Kendall and Madison. 

"This virus knows no boundaries," Gov. Pritzker said, warning that the caseload is expected to increase.

Meantime, the outbreak of COVID-19 has worsened at a DuPage County long-term care facility. There are now 30 residents and 12 staff members (42 total) who have tested positive for the virus -- an increase of 20 people from the day before.

Cases have occurred in people from ages 9 to 91, the Illinois Department of Public Health says. State health officials say residents can check the websites of their county health departments to get additional information about the number of people who have been infected.

State officials urged people to avoid large gatherings so that the virus does not spread. 

So far, one person has died in Illinois -- a 61-year-old Chicago woman.

In Indiana, officials reported nine new positive cases of coronavirus, bringing to 39 the number in the state. Indiana has recorded two COVID-19 deaths, one each in Marion and Johnson counties.