SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Tuesday extended his statewide stay-at-home order for three weeks as the nation struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Pritzker set a new deadline of April 30 for keeping people inside except for reporting to a job deemed essential or to take care of necessities, including getting food or going to a health care provider.
The new coronavirus has led to the deaths of at least 99 people in Illinois out of more than 5,994 infections. With 26 additional deaths reported Tuesday, and 937 new cases, the number continues to grow, Pritzker said.
“Our greatest risk of hitting capacity isn’t right now, but weeks from now,” Pritzker said. “The virus is spreading and growing. So are it’s risks. We must not let up now.”