An infant child less than one year old died after testing positive for coronavirus.
The death is believed to be the first of an infant during the outbreak.
The incident was confirmed by the Illinois Department of Public Health - but did not release the details of the tragedy.
"There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant. A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death," said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.
"We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us."
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