Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker wasted no time at today's press confernence in going after the federal government’s response to Covid-19, specifically as it pertains to personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).
The governor, who entered the briefing room wearing a face mask per US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, immediately called out the White House for changing the stated purpose on the SNS website from an entity that “support states” to one that will “supplement states” in the short-term during a public healthcare emergency.
Pritzker said what his state was sent from the SNS is a “mere fraction of what we asked for.” He went on to explain the tedious, sometimes difficult process of trying to obtain PPE from all over the world and “by whatever means necessary” saying he’s often competing against other states and the federal government for the same supplies.
To anyone who wants a response to some of the blame shifting coming out of the White House, Pritzker said, “look at the numbers.” His state’s own procurement efforts are what is keeping their first responders outfitted with what they need, he said.
With the state expecting its warmest day of the year so far on Tuesday, the governor and other health officials are urging residents to “stay at home” and not “congregate in the parks.”
Illinois reported 1,006 new cases of Covid-19 and 33 deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours, according to an announcement by the Department of Health at the governor’s press briefing Monday. The state has a total of 12,262 cases and 307 deaths.