Illinois’ stay-at-home order will continue through the end of May, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday, with alterations allowing for the reopening of non-essential retailers to fulfill orders for pickup or delivery and requiring masks in public spaces as the state enters a new phase of its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, scientists from the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois and Rush University Hospital were on hand for Thursday’s daily Covid-19 press briefing to provide new insight into the data Pritzker’s office has been using to make decisions. They concluded Illinois is likely in the beginning of an extended period of plateau for the virus’ spread, which could last into mid-May.

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