Corona Virus in Illinois Updates: Here’s What Happens On Wednesday

Apr 1, 2020 10:15 PM ET

Officials reported 986 known new COVID-19 cases and 42 deaths on Wednesday. This is the highest number of daily deaths since the outbreak started. There are now 6,980 infections and 141 deaths known nationwide.

Here are the latest updates on Wednesday for the new corona virus in the Chicago and Illinois region:

4:47 pm: Everyone knows that hand sanitizers and toilet paper need to be quarantined. So apparently it’s puzzles, bread machines and color.

Kari DeHaven has been baking since childhood and is learning from her grandma.

But she had never tried sourdough until a new work-from-home routine and inspiration from social media convinced her to try. Since Friday she has been making two loaves of bread and some sourdough waffles.

“A great thing about baking is that you have a little bit of control. In the chaotic world we live in, working with my hands in the kitchen is comforting, ”said DeHaven, 26, who lives with his family in Sycamore. “Touching, tasting, using all my senses helps me to ground myself.”

It is not alone. So many people have lit their stoves that consumers say flour and yeast are hard to find.

With the order to settle at home to slow the spread of the new corona virus, consumers filled with canned beans and cleaning products. However, shops and analysts said buyers also got items that aren’t obvious, such as electric pans, house paint, and puzzles.

Families with parents who work from home while the children are not at school need ways to fill the time. So also social distancing when people live alone. Read more here. – Laura Zumbach

4:45 p.m .: CPS consolidates meal pick-up locations during school closing

When spring break starts on Monday, the Chicago Public Schools will consolidate meal distribution to less than a quarter of the schools, but any child can get meals from any school that offers them.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. From Monday to Thursday next week, families can get take-away meals from Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 136 school locations across the city. The websites are listed on the district’s website. No websites are open on Good Friday.

Starting April 13, the first day of official distance learning, the district will transition to a consolidated plan that will provide meals to the 276 most-visited schools.

“By consolidating the locations, more staff will be available to support each school. This will help prevent food locations from closing when staff are absent,” said a CPS statement. “Employees in the canteen who are not working or are not assigned a place to eat continue to be paid and can stay at home and practice social distancing. By reducing the number of food types, we can also reduce the number of school principals and deputy head teachers who monitor the distribution of meals every day, giving school leaders additional time to support distance learning. ” – Hannah Leone

4:23 p.m .: The National Guard sends approximately 30 service members to the Stateville Correctional Center

The Illinois National Guard has sent about 30 service members, mostly medical technicians, to the Stateville Correctional Center to evacuate inmates and perform health checks on people entering the prison, as did the number of inmates and employees who tested positive for the new corona virus have grown.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said on Wednesday that 127 prison-related people were tested for coronavirus and 36 of the 80 tests that came back were positive. The results for the remaining tests are not available. Of these, 19 are hospitalized at various locations in the state, while others are still being monitored at the correctional center.

The National Guard’s primary role is to “expand the staff that has been depleted in the past few days due to the flu and COVID-19,” said National Guard Brig. General Richard Neely, the adjutant general for Illinois.

The service members set up tents and help separate the Stateville inmates from each other to create more distance and “move them to another area of ​​the prison,” said Neely.

National Guard medical technicians also help vendors, employees, and other visitors have their health checked before entering prison, Neely said. – Jamie Munks

3:45 p.m .: Lightfoot says the Chicagoers have to stay busy or risk losing progress

Hours after Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that the number of coronavirus cases in Chicago is “gradually heading in the right direction,” she urged that the city’s COVID-19 pandemic was far from over and any progress made in combating the Illness is at risk when people are at risk. Do not follow the strict rules for staying at home.

“I don’t want anyone to take out of this conversation that the light is at the end of the tunnel. It’s a pinprick, not a light,” said Lightfoot at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. “We have to stay busy. Stay at home. Save lives. Keep doing the things we’ve preached in the past two weeks. Otherwise, all the progress we have made will evaporate. “Read more here. – Gregory Pratt

3:10 p.m .: Nurses fear that patients from Stateville Prison may overwhelm Joliet’s hospitals

A wave of COVID-19 patients could drain resources in hospitals in the Joliet region that treat inmates and workers at the Stateville Correctional Center, a nurse union warned on Wednesday.

The Illinois Nurses Association announced on Wednesday that 12 Correction Center staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 187 are awaiting results. 14 inmates also tested positive and 77 showed symptoms, the union said.

A spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Corrections did not immediately respond to a request to confirm these numbers on Wednesday afternoon. Governor J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that an inmate from the Joliet facility died.

Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet nurses are “very concerned that the hospital is overcrowded and there are insufficient staff to care for the patients,” said Alice Johnson, executive director of the Illinois Nurses Association.

Amita spokesman Tim Nelson said in an email: “Thanks to the strength and dedication of our nurses, technicians, environmental workers and the supply chain, we are adequately staffed in all areas of patient care.” Joliet Hospital has 480 beds .

The National Guard is coming to Stateville this week to help with medical care and is setting up tents and cribs in the gym with about 30 assigned medics, said Lieutenant Colonel Bradford Leighton of the Illinois National Guard. They will do routine health checkups and have about 30 cots for inmates, he said.

Stateville patients can also be transferred to other hospitals in the area, including Morris Hospital, Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, and Amita Health St. Mary’s Hospitals in Kankakee, said Rep. Larry Walsh Jr ., D-Joliet.

“The good news is there is help,” said Johnson. “What we do not currently know is the extent of this aid. We do not know whether the capacity will meet the demand.” – –Lisa Schencker and Stacy St. Clair

2:44 p.m .: Known cases of the new corona virus jump at 986, including 42 other deaths

Known cases of the new coronavirus in Illinois increased by 986, including 42 other deaths, the State Department of Public Health said on Wednesday.

This brings the total number of known nationwide cases to 6,980 and the number of deaths to 141 since the outbreak began.

Known cases of coronavirus are now spread across 56 of the state’s 102 districts, with Massac and Vermilion districts now reporting cases. The majority of deaths reported on Wednesday – 34 – were in Cook County, while there were two deaths in DuPage County. In the counties of Carroll, Kane, Lake, Sangamon, Will and Winnebago, one death was reported on Wednesday.

The director of the llinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Ngozi Ezike continued to press for social distancing to curb the spread of the virus a day after Governor JB Pritzker announced that the nationwide home stay arrangement would be extended until the end of April.

“It is your behavior, it is my behavior, it is everyone’s behavior that will turn the tide,” said Ezike. “We will see an end to this pandemic.” – –Jamie Munks

2:10 p.m .: Cook County coroner is looking for a warehouse to prevent further coronavirus deaths. “We want to treat the deceased with the respect they deserve”

The refrigerated semitrailer first appeared in the morgue parking lot and was ready to hold up to 30 bodies of people believed to have died from the coronavirus.

Now the medical examiner’s office in Cook County is looking for a cold storage facility with a capacity of up to 1,000 corpses – a search the office has not done in recent history.

“We want to be prepared for any number of deaths,” said Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, chief physician, across from the tribune. “In more than 200 cases, I think a separate location is easier to edit and more respectful.”

By Tuesday, the county’s death toll from the respiratory virus had reached 71. According to a nationwide forecast for Illinois, deaths could be as high as 88 a day by mid-April, according to the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Assessment. Read more here. – –Alice Yin

2:00 p.m .: From the delivery of the food to the wellness check, the educators try to keep the lifelines of the family afloat while the schools are closed

Even in normal circumstances, families in difficulty often rely on their neighborhood schools for support, from meals, childcare, and counseling for their children to health care referrals.

Now that school buildings are closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic, teachers, counselors and administrators are finding ways to keep these services available and to keep in touch with families. Read more here. – –Karen Ann Cullotta and Hannah Leone

1:38 p.m .: Chicago grants CHA tenants a deferral of rent

Residents of Chicago Housing Authority buildings can wait until April to pay the April rent until the state’s order to stay at home is lifted, officials said on Wednesday.

“We are working to offer residents as much support as possible[s] In these very challenging times, ”said James Bebley, Acting CEO of the Housing Authority, in a press release.

CHA will not issue late rental notifications and will not charge late fees. Tenants continue to owe the rent for April, but do not have to pay until May 1, when the order to stay at home is currently expiring.

However, the postponement could go beyond May 1st if the order is extended.

The change comes when tenants across Chicago are asking for rent relief during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she could not impose a city-wide freeze as long as the state ban on rent control remains intact, and Governor J.B. Pritzker said he could not lift the ban with an executive order, forcing some tenants to threaten a rental strike.

The temporary deferral of the CHA does not apply to tenants who use vouchers for private apartments. However, the department urges these owners to be flexible with tenants who may be unemployed or otherwise financially affected by the crisis. – Ariel Cheung

1:11 p.m .: City worker dies of coronavirus, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday that a city worker has died from coronavirus.

The mayor said she could not provide personal information, including the department where the worker was located, but said they were long-term workers “loved by family and employees.”

“The numbers we report every day are not mere statistics. They are people whose lives have changed forever, ”said Lightfoot.

By Tuesday, Illinois had had 5,994 known COVID-19 infections and 99 deaths nationwide since the outbreak began. Of these cases, 2,611 infections were confirmed in Chicago, officials said.

Earlier in the day, while appearing on NBC’s “Today” show, Lightfoot said the number of coronavirus cases in Chicago “are heading in the right direction,” although much more work needs to be done to contain the crisis.

“What we’re also seeing is an increase in the time between cases doubling. It’s too early to make real predictions, but it looks like we’re starting to trend in the right direction. However, the truth is, that we will not reach the peak of this virus until after we have modeled it, “Lightfoot said, repeating a point that she had raised in a Tribune interview,” so much more work needs to be done. “

Officials have taken drastic measures to enforce social distance rules to prevent the virus from spreading. Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a nationwide order last month to stay at home, which requires people to stay in their homes, with the exception of certain exceptions, such as work or the grocery store. He extended the order until April.

Schools across the state are closed, and bars and restaurants are not permitted for guests eating in the restaurant. Lightfoot has closed the lakeshore and large parks. Read more here. – –Gregory Pratt

12:23 p.m .: Do you know of a shop that is still open? Chicago has received 500 complaints about nonessential companies remaining open due to a coronavirus pandemic

According to the Chicago Department of Economic Affairs and Consumer Protection, around 500 complaints about non-essential businesses violating the governor’s policy on home protection were filed by Tuesday.

The Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, urged residents and workers to report such deals last week.

“Some complaints concern restaurants, bars, yoga studios, hairdressing salons and other non-essential businesses, while others relate to companies such as banks and car dealers that are considered essential. We focus on sharing information while giving quotes for outrageous and repeated criminals, ”said Isaac Reichman, spokesman for the city’s Ministry of Economy and Consumer Protection, in an emailed statement.

Companies that may not be classified as “material” can face fines of up to $ 10,000 if left open.

The city urges residents and employees to file complaints about the 311 system. Read more here. -Abdel Jimenez

11:48 am: Mayor Lori Lightfoot beat up Trump for “wildly wrong” statements. According to Chicago, a coronavirus climax is imminent, but “is starting to trend in the right direction.”

The number of coronavirus cases in Chicago “is starting to move in the right direction,” although much more work needs to be done to curb COVID-19, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Wednesday.

“What we’re also seeing is an increase in the time between cases doubling. It’s too early to make real predictions, but it looks like we’re starting to trend in the right direction. But the truth is that our modeling We don’t think we’ll reach the peak of this virus by mid to late April, “said Lightfoot, repeating a point she had raised in a tribune interview,” so there is a lot more that needs to be done You know, we took some pretty drastic steps, canceled a lot of outdoor activities, placed an order to stay at home, closed our schools, all of these things that we know are necessary to really save lives, and we have Started here A local campaign called “Stay home, save lives that people have fun with, which is great.”

When asked about President Donald Trump’s claim that the governors “were slow to react,” Lightfoot said, “I’ll tell you, I don’t pay much attention to the things that come out of the President’s mouth in his daily briefings Many of them are not based on facts or science and they are completely wrong. That is wrong in this case. “Read more here. – Gregory Pratt

10:40 am: The rent: Pay or not pay? Amidst the corona virus, that’s the question for businesses across Chicago.

Ryan Tracy’s landlord offered Tracy to prepay half of the April rent for his on-site beer store, and spread the other half over the rest of 2020.

Kenneth Morrison told his Pilsen restaurant tenant not to worry about the April rent – or any rent – until the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Dale Lewis’s landlords told him to forget about any possible levy for his on-site restaurants: full rents are due, global health crisis or not.

Each of these tenants or landlords has taken at least a first step in one of the most difficult problems for companies and mortgage holders during the COVID-19 health crisis: what to do about rent? Read more here. – Josh Noel and Ryan Ori

9:15 a.m .: The Cubs-Cardinals series in London from June 13th to 14th is officially canceled

The lifting was caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cubs and Cardinals were scheduled to play two games at London Stadium from June 13-14, with the Cardinals being the home team. Read more here. – Mark Gonzales

9:12 am: The IHSA director is still hoping for university sports in the spring due to the delays in the corona virus

On March 12, IHSA announced the cancellation of the remaining state winter playoffs, including the boys’ basketball final in Peoria, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Spring sports practices were then suspended because schools across the state were closed until April 7. On March 25, IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson sent a letter to administrators and spring sports coaches as the organization looked for ways to extend the season into the summer. This keeps the door open for teams that want to play regular seasonal and postseason games later this spring.

Anderson said this remains the IHSA’s position, even after Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker announced on Tuesday that the home stay arrangement was extended until April 30. This means that university sports will not start again until May at the earliest.

Shortly before Pritzker’s announcement, Dan Shalin, a contributor to Pioneer Press, spoke to Anderson about the IHSA decision-making process, the possibility of a longer shutdown, and the impact of the pandemic on high school athletics, particularly the elderly. Read more here. – Dan Shalin

8:20 a.m .: Cancellation cancellations due to corona virus are bittersweet for first generation graduates and their families

After eight years of hard work and despite all adversity, 27-year-old Maria Ramirez becomes the first doctor in her family.

The daughter of Mexican immigrants was supposed to take the stage while studying at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in May and finally confirm the victims of her parents, she said.

Ramirez, who wants to practice family medicine, ordered her hat and dress. Her parents had prepared for the milestone and were planning to invite an extended family. But the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the planned celebration. Read more here. – Laura Rodríguez Presa

8:03 am: The battle for the corona virus creates a global “free for all” for the purchase and sale of face masks

Global desperation to protect frontline medical workers fighting the coronavirus epidemic has triggered a crazy international scramble for masks and other protective equipment. Governments, hospital chains, clinics and entrepreneurs are searching the world for personal protective equipment that they can buy or sell – and a new type of dealer has emerged to do this. Read more here. – New York Times

6:33 am: Political leaders team up with philanthropies to create an art and artist fund

To strengthen the battered arts and cultural communities in the State of Lincoln, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago are partnering with philanthropists to create a new emergency fund. Applications for the fund for individual artists and art groups should be opened on Wednesday at a website of the fund,, according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s press office.

The Fast Track Initiative, titled “Arts for Illinois,” will receive unlimited support of at least $ 4.5 million for artists and artisans, many of whom are now unemployed.

It will also support nonprofit cultural organizations across the state, most of whom now have no income, with some rigid total ruins in their faces.

“We want artists to know that they have a broad base of support in Illinois,” said Governor J.B. Pritzker in a telephone interview on Tuesday. Read more here. – Chris Jones and Tribune staff

6:25 am: Teachers and students manufacture protective equipment for important workers in the coronavirus fight: “I realized that I have exactly the skills that people call for.”

A number of educators from the Chicago area are concerned about the lack of protective equipment for key workers and are strengthening their face shields this week for those at the forefront of the coronavirus battle.

Vocational and technical education teachers at Buffalo Grove and Wheeling high schools have designed a face prototype prototype they made in their homes this week using 3D printers this past spring vacation, said David Schuler, superintendent at Township High in Arlington Heights School District 214.

Harper College Makerspace and Entrepreneur Center manager Jeff Moy will support the effort with his laboratory’s laser cutters.

“These teachers are committed to saving lives and smoothing the curve,” said Schuler. “In all my years as an educator, nothing has made me proud anymore … you contribute to the health and safety of the community.” ”Read more here. –Karen Ann Cullotta

6am: The Great Lakes shipping season begins with new precautions for sailors

When the coronavirus pandemic blocked countries and disrupted global supply chains, the Great Lakes shipping season began last week.

Chicago is a hub for domestic and international freight. The Illinois International Port District moves more tonnage of cargo than any other Great Lakes port.

According to James Weakley, President of the Lake Carriers Association, an organization that represents 46 American ships that carry 90 million tons of cargo across the Great Lakes each year, the shipping industry is implementing a number of security measures.

Businesses review seafarers before reporting to work and inquire about recent trips and contacts. Many crews have been ordered to renovate bleach solution workstations and even staggering times to eat meals to keep distance from other crew members. Read more here. – –Tony Briscoe

5 a.m.: Maps show the spread of the corona virus in the suburbs, and some of the highest numbers are in the northern suburbs

When a Skokie couple died of the coronavirus just a few hours apart on Saturday, the deaths showed not only the tragic nature of the pandemic but also its uneven spread in the suburbs.

A tribune review of available county and community data shows Skokie leads Cook County. 81 reported positive results, including the death of the couple and two other people in their eighties.

The authorities acknowledge that the level of testing remains completely inadequate to provide a precise picture of the spread of the virus. And the state doesn’t release data that summarizes positive tests by city or village.

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