This was addressed at yesterday's press conference regarding the updates to the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. It was reported yesterday that there are 1,173 new cases of coronavirus with 74 deaths with a total of 22,025 cases in 87 counties throughout the state.
Pritzker said he envisons the Trump Administration offering "advice," with individual governors determining how to lift their respective state orders.Mayor Lightfoot was at an unrelated press conference and discussed whether or not she thinks the stay-at-home order will be extended beyond the end of the month.
"It’s up to the governors to make decisions about the executive orders that we've put in place," Pritzker said at his daily media briefing on the novel coronavirus.
He would not say whether his stay-at-home order would be extended from April 30, the current end date, but said any return to normalcy could come in phases rather than all at once. Earlier Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she thinks it's likely people will need to continue staying home beyond April 30.
Pritzker said data will determine whether the stay-at-home mandate is extended and also whether students go back to physical classrooms before the end of the academic year.
Lightfoot was asked at an unrelated news conference whether April 30 looks like the last day of the stay-at-home order in Chicago. “I think that’s going to be difficult for us to say, April 30, everything comes up, I don’t expect that to happen,” Lightfoot said. “I think it will extend beyond that.”I'm all in favor of an adjustment or a gradual end of the stay-at-home order. It's great that the numbers for the coronavirus in the city and state are going in the right direction. Im sure those stats will be used to determine whether or not to extend or adjust the stay-at-home order which is scheduled to expire at the end of themonth.
During a Sunday appearance on the CBS program “Face the Nation,” Lightfoot was asked about a statement from the United States’ top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, that the economy might begin reopening on a rolling basis in May and whether that would be true in Chicago.
“We cannot open up the economy until we make sure that we’ve got all the health care controls in place,” Lightfoot said. “That means widespread testing, contact tracing, and we’ve got to see not just a flattening of the curve but a bending down.”
The city’s “trending in the right direction,” Lightfoot said. Cases had been doubling every one to two days and now are roughly every nine to 10 days.
“But we’ve got to see a lot more progress on the heath care front before we can even start talking about reopening the economy,” Lightfoot said.
Pritzker said Monday that “it’s likely adjustments will be made” as the state starts to see slower growth in number of cases of the coronavirus.
“It’s not like we’re anywhere near herd immunity, and there isn’t a treatment,” Pritzker said at his daily news conference. “And in order for you to get to a point where you want to start moving significantly back to normalcy, you need widespread testing. We don’t have anywhere near widespread.”