Gov. Pritzker extends Illinois stay-at-home order through April 30 as total number of cases hits just under 6,000

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CHICAGO (WMBD/WGN) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will officially extend the state’s stay-at-home order through April 30.

On Tuesday at his daily COVID-19 news conference, the governor said he will sign an executive order on Wednesday. There are now 5,994 cases of COVID-19 statewide, and 99 people have died from the virus. This is an increase of 937 new cases and 26 more deaths.

“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,” Pritzker said. “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.”

More than 35,000 people have been tested for the virus, with 54 counties testing positive, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“We need to maintain our course and keep working to flatten the curve,” the governor said.

Watch the full press conference here.

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