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State follows U.S. lead, announces COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday, Jan. 31, that the state’s public health emergency will end on May 11, aligning the state with the federal government’s decision to end the national public health emergency. 

“Our state’s disaster proclamation and executive orders enabled us to use every resource at our disposal from building up testing capacity and expanding our healthcare workforce to supporting our vaccine rollout and mutual aid efforts,” Pritzker said. “Let me be clear: COVID-19 has not disappeared. It is still a real and present danger to people with compromised immune . . .

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