CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Prizker announced that Illinois was under a shelter-in-place order on Friday afternoon.
The order goes into effect on Saturday at 5 p.m. People will still be able to shop for supplies, get gas, take walks and get medicine. Essential services and roads will remain open.
Pritzker made the announcement at a press conference with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other officials.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said that Illinois now had 163 new cases for a total of 585 and five deaths after the death of a Cook County woman. There are now cases in 25 counties.
Illinois is working with the U.S. Department 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 health care workers.