Illinois Officials Announce an Additional 2,563 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Courtesy of U.S. Department of StateContact tracing is a vital tool to fight COVID-19 and Gov. Pritzker said he’s working to expand it as more than 2,000 new cases of the virus are announced Monday.

There have been an additional 2,563 confirmed cases of COVID-19 along with 141 new deaths related to the disease April 30, data from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) shows. 

These increases bring the total number of cases and deaths in the state to 52,918 and 2,355, respectively. IDPH data shows there are confirmed cases in 97 Illinois counties, with patients ages ranging from under one year old to over 100. 

During his daily press conference, Gov. J.B. Pritzker urged Illinois residents to continue following his stay-at-home order, warning them that by unnecessarily leaving their homes and gathering in large groups “they’re really putting their citizenry in danger.” 

Pritzker’s extended stay-at-home order will go into effect Friday May 1 and includes certain new provisions — such as requiring residents to wear masks in public and allowing some non-essential business to open for pick-ups and delivery — The Phoenix reported.

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