Governor JB Pritzker has issued a disaster proclamation as the number of Coronavirus cases in Illinois reaches eleven and a third Chicago area school announced it has closed.

A total of 13 states, including Illinois, have declared disasters or states of emergency.

"To be clear, this declaration will build on an already-robust response that has been developed over many months," the governor added. "We have one of the most robust public health systems in the nation and we were one of the first states to test for COVID-19 because we knew to press for that."

Pritzker also said voluntary surveillance testing has begun at 15 hospitals across the state to monitor the presence of the virus in communities; seven hospitals in Cook County, three hospitals in northern Illinois, three hospitals in central Illinois and two hospitals in southern Illinois.

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