Gov. J.B. Pritzker this afternoon said it’s important for Illinois residents to avoid travel and family gatherings during holiday celebrations this week.

And Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike urged residents not be lured by tomorrow’s expected warm weather to go outside and break social distancing rules.

“Please stay home,” Ezike said, “If you congregate tomorrow you will set the state back in the fight against COVID-19.”

Pritzker urged families to use technology to gather virtually for Passover this week and Easter next Sunday.

“If your family doesn’t live with you, this is the time to look for another way to get together,” suggesting that families might use the conferencing software Zoom to turn the traditional Passover Seder into a “Zeder.”

The state today for the first time released a breakdown of COVID-19 case counts by ZIP Code.

The chart above shows the number of cases per 1,000 residents for ZIP Codes in Evanston and surrounding areas in Skokie, Wilmette and Chicago.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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