Illinois announces shelter-in-place, 163 new coronavirus cases

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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.

Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

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