At his press conference on Friday, Gov. Pritzker announced increases in SNAP benefits, funding to support people experiencing homelessness and a stipend to child care providers who have provided child care to essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act and the state of Illinois’ requests for special waivers from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Illinois Department of Human Services is increasing monthly benefit amounts, expanding SNAP access and expediting process and flexibility.

Gov. Pritzker also spoke about childcare measures.

This expansion will result in almost $80 million more for Illinois families.

Last week, the Illinois Department of Human Services announced a 5% increase to initiatives supporting people experiencing homelessness.

Gov. Pritzker announced Friday that an additional $6 million in new funding has been allocated to support the 19 Continuums of Care across the state and an additional $2 million will support housing and other services for people experiencing homelessness.

Meanwhile, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced 488 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the state's total to 3,026.

Dr. Ezike also announced that eight more people have died from COVID-19, bring the total number of deaths to 34 statewide.

At the press conference, Dr. Ezike spoke about who is being most frequently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Illinois.

Bureau, Henry and Iroquois counties are now reporting cases, bringing the total number of counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to 40.

The range in age for COVID-19 cases is less than a year old to 99-years-old.