Gov. JB Pritzker announced that all public and private K-12 schools will close from Tuesday, March 17, through March 30. Among the 14 new cases, health officials said nine are in Chicago, four are in Cook County and one is in Lake County. The patients' ages range from 20s to 90s.
Day cares will stay open, and the state is also working to make sure that students and families still have access to food and child care.Students who receive free and reduced-priced meals will be able to receive grab-and-go meals daily, Illinois officials said. Some school districts will also be able to deliver meals and offer parent pick up.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is scheduled to hold a press conference Friday night.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has created a hotline at 1-800-889-3931