Illinois stay-at-home order starts Sat.

Illinois stay-at-home order starts Sat.
(Source: KFVS)

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. J.B. Pritzker has issued a plea for retired health care workers to “join the fight" against the coronavirus as IIlinois' health care system braced for a surge of patients amid the pandemic that's now killed six state residents.

Illinois confirmed 168 new cases Saturday of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, boosting its total cases to 753. A sixth death was also reported.

Pritzker pleaded Saturday for retired health care workers, including doctors, nurses and physicians assistants, to “come back and join the fight against COVID-19″ hours before the state entered his “stay-at-home” order that will continue through April 7.

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