Public health officials report 937 new COVID-19 cases, 26 more deaths

(The Center Square) – Public health officials reported 937 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois and 26 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported a total of 5,994 cases statewide including 99 deaths, as of Tuesday. Ford and Ogle counties have now reported cases, which brings the total number of counties with COVID-19 to 54 of the state’s 102 counties.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said the governor’s decision to extend the state’s emergency stay-at-home order through the end of April was based on scientific studies.

“Extending the stay-at-home order is key to reducing the spread of the virus and the number of people who become ill,” she said.

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