Pritzker extends stay-at-home order as state reports 937 new COVID-19 cases

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Governor JB Pritzker today announced the extension of the stay-at-home order throughout Illinois until the end of April. The news comes as the state health department reported 937 new cases of coronavirus and 26 deaths on Tuesday.

“I have let the science guide our decisions and I’ve relied upon the top medical experts, scientists, public health researchers, epidemiologists, mathematicians, and modelers, from the greatest institutions in the world whose guidance on infection rates and potential mortalities and protective measures is second to none,” said Governor JB Pritzker.

“Illinois has one of the strongest public health systems in the nation – but even so, we aren’t immune to this virus’ ability to push our existing capacity beyond its limit. We need to maintain our course and keep working to flatten the curve,” Pritzker added.

Pritzker first announced the stay-at-home order on March 20. It went into effect on Saturday, March 21 at 5 PM local time. In addition, the initial order closed schools statewide until April 8. The governor now says that school closures have been extended until the end of April.

The stay-at-home prohibits non-essential travel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, residents can still travel to the grocery store, pharmacy, or a carry-out restaurant. The order also allows for exercise, although Chicago has shut down its parks due to concerns over the size of crowds.

“This may not be the measure that we like, but it is the measure we all need to combat the deadly and growing COVID-19 crisis,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “We will get through this crisis together and I want to thank all those who have been doing their part.”

The state’s health department says that those who are experiencing symptoms should call their health care provider. They will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure.

The state also has a COVID-19 hotline and website. Members of the public can call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.

Lastly, the state is still looking for additional personal protective equipment (PPE) donations for healthcare workers. For PPE donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.

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