Pritzker 3 22 20

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of Illinois has now jumped to over 1,000, as of Sunday. 

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said nine people have now died and 1,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, including one infant case. 

Ezike says no infants born thus far have tested positive. 

The state is looking to strengthen the testing capacity in the state and officials say cases are expected to continue to increase, as will the number of deaths. 

Meanwhile, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker recognized a local vocational school in his speech for their donations of personal protective equipment to fight against COVID-19. 

Indian Valley Vocational Center in Sandwich was mentioned. 

State officials also called for volunteerism among healthy individuals through "Serve Illinois," and there were continued calls to give blood. 

Several blood drives have been cancelled and there is a blood shortage across the country. Officials say there is no evidence that a respiratory virus can be transmitted through blood. 

Sunday brought more animosity between the Governor and President Donald Trump, who critically tweeted that Gov. Pritzker was among a small group of other Governors blaming the Federal Government for what he says are the state's "own shortcomings." 

Gov. Pritzker tweeted back that President Trump "wasted precious months," calling for needed tests and personal protective equipment. 

Finally, the new deaths announced on Sunday included a Cook County man in his 80s, a Chicago man in his 80s, and a McLean County woman in her 70s. Jo Daviess, Livingston, Rock Island, and Stephenson counties are now also reporting cases.

The 1,049 cases are in 30 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

View the entire press conference, here: