March 20, 2020
Today, in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced at a press briefing a stay-at-home order for all Illinoisans starting Sat., March 21 at 5 p.m. to Tues., April 7. All schools are ordered closed until that date, while Chicago parks and libraries are to close as well.
The order closes “non-essential” businesses while keeping essential businesses such as grocery stores, banks, gas stations, daycare and other related businesses open.
At the briefing, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) announced 585 cases of COVID-19 in 25 counties, with 1 new death—a Cook County woman in her 70s—for a total of 5 deaths in Illinois. Since yesterday, 163 new cases have been confirmed with cases now in Adams, Christian and McLean counties. IDPH says the state is working to increase testing capacity by working with Illinois hospitals to implement testing within their facilities.
Additionally, the state is working with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens to set up drive-thru testing sites in the hardest hit areas of the state. These facilities will focus on senior citizens, first responders, and healthcare workers.
See IHA’s COVID-19 webpage for a variety of resources in a central location.