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     March 13, 2020      #16-73 KDJ

Mandates from the state 

The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday mandated that events of 1,000 or more people be canceled or postponed for 30 days, and asked the owners of all the state’s major sports teams to cancel games or play without fans until May 1 as efforts continue to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Pritzker said during a news conference he is requesting that events of 250 people be canceled or postponed as well. Pritzker said he is not ordering schools to close “but we are monitoring the situation on a day-to-day basis.”

“At this time, CPS will remain open,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot during the news conference. “We would never put our children in danger.”

Pritzker asked that every private business that is able to have employees work remotely consider doing so immediately. He said businesses that do not need to consider plans to promote “social distancing” to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“I wish I could tell you that going about your everyday lives without adjustments was the best course of action right now,” Pritzker said. “It is not. And I owe you honesty.”

Pritzker says he knows some people will ask whether these measures are necessary in places that don’t have documented cases of the new virus, but says “we have seen what works and what doesn’t work in countries around the world.”

“Don’t be fooled into thinking that your community is immune,” he said. “It is not.”

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.

The number of coronavirus cases in Illinois now totals 32, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“The virus is here in Illinois. While it may not be in your community now, we anticipate it will be eventually,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We all need to take action now by postponing large events and restricting visits to nursing homes to limit the spread.”

Pritzker said Tuesday’s primary election will go forward, and he encouraged all election authorities to extend their early voting hours.

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