Gov. JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation for COVID-19

Gov. JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation Monday after four more people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the state’s total cases to 11.

“A disaster proclamation is an operational procedure that opens up a substantial set of federal and state resources and tools,” Pritzker said. “It allows our state disaster relief fund to cover the costs related to our preparations and our response.”

Illinois can request more medical experts and on-site support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Pritzker also said the proclamation qualifies Illinois for federal reimbursement if the federal government chooses to take action to provide emergency relief for states.

Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Illinois Emergency Management Agency director, said IEMA is working with local and federal emergency managers and health departments.

“Another key point to this proclamation also allows the agencies to draw on the state’s disaster response recovery fund, which is used to pay for emergency purchases and personnel,” Tate-Nadeau said. “Additionally, it allows for potential reimbursement at the state and local level.”

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