An Illinois top official was sobbing as she announced 31 more fatalities of the coronavirus in the Prairie State on Friday.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike who is the Illinois Public Health Director shed tears and cried loudly about the new record that took the state total deaths linked to COVID-19 to 9,418.
“These are people who started with us in 2020 and won’t be with us at the Thanksgiving table,” Ezike said weeping before adding that 3,874 new cases were also reported.
“Excuse me, please,” she said turning her back to the camera. She took nearly 40 seconds to regain her emotions before turning back around. “I’m sorry.”
The doctor noted that she was under the “mental, social and emotional toll and all the pain and all the tragedy from this pandemic” that she is living all the time.
“The way we work, the way we live, the way we play has all changed, and the harsh reality is that the sacrifices that we’ve made, and continue to make, do not have a future expiration date. This is a difficult race when you can’t actually see the end point,” Ezike explained fighting back tears.