COVID-19 ILLINOIS: 59 Deaths Monday; Rolling Positive Rate 14% Statewide

COVID-19 ILLINOIS: 59 Deaths Monday; Rolling Positive Rate 14% Statewide

59 Deaths; 2,294 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 2,294 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 59 additional deaths.

One of those deaths was a resident of Kane County.

  • Coles County: 1 female 90s
  • Cook County: 3 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 7 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 1 female 80s, 10 males 80s, 1 unknown 80s, 2 females 90s, 3 males 90s, 1 unknown 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 80s
  • Kane County: 1 male 80s
  • Kendall County: 1 female 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 70s
  • Will County: 1 male 50s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 96,485 cases, including 4,234 deaths, in 100 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 21,297 specimens for a total of 603,241.  The statewide seven-day rolling positivity rate, May 9 to May 15, 2020 is 14%.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate, May 9 to May 15, 2020 is 17.9% — a drop of .4% since Sunday. The rolling positivity rate is a key metric to determine the region’s transition to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

3:30PM MONDAY, MAY 18

County Health Departments Will Help Lead ‘Massive’ Scale-Up of Contact Tracing

 

3:30PM SUNDAY, MAY 17

51 Deaths Sunday; Positivity Rate 15% Statewide

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,734 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 51 additional deaths.

The deaths include four residents of Kane County.

The statewide rolling positivity rate — one of the benchmarks to move into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan — is at 15% statewide.

Kane County is in the Northeast Region, where the postivity rate is 18.3%, according to the graphics provided on the IDPH website dashboard. A screenshot of the Northeast Region dials is posted above.

  • Cook County: 2 males 30s, 1 male 40s, 3 females 60s, 2 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 7 females 80s, 3 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s
  • Kendall County: 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s
  • Madison County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 90s
  • McLean County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s
  • Stephenson County: 1 male 70s
  • Winnebago County: 1 male 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 94,191 cases, including 4,177 deaths, in 100 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 20,295 specimens for a total of 581,944.

The statewide seven-day rolling positivity rate is 15%.

2,088 New Cases, 74 Deaths Saturday

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday announced 2,088 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 74 additional deaths.

The deaths include two persons from Kane County, a man in his 50s and a man in his 70s.

  • Clinton County: 1 female 60s
  • Cook County: 2 males 30s, 2 males 40s, 4 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 2 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 7 males 70s, 8 females 80s, 7 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 2 males 90s, 3 females 100+, 1 male 100+
  • DuPage County: 4 females 80s, 2 females 90s
  • Jasper County: 1 female 90s
  • Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s
  • Lake County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 70s
  • LaSalle County: 1 female 60s
  • Madison County: 1 male 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Will County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 80s
  • Winnebago County: 1 male 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 92,457 cases, including 4,129 deaths, in 100 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 23,047 specimens for a total of 561,649.

The statewide seven-day rolling positivity rate is 15%.

The Illinois Manteno Veterans’ Home (IVHM) is reporting the passing of a third resident with COVID-19.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, 63 individuals at IVHM have contracted COVID-19, including three cases who have passed away.

3PM FRIDAY, MAY 15

2,432 New Cases, 130 Deaths Friday; IDPH Stresses Testing For Pregnant Women

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike took time during today’s news conference to emphasize the importance of pregnant women getting tested for COVID-19.

Ezike said some pregant women might be infected by the virus and show no symptoms. She said pregnancy itself can bring on some symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.

Knowing whether a pregnant woman has contracted the disease can inform medical decisions that can benefit both mother and baby, Ezike said.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,432 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 130 additional deaths, three of whom were residents of Kane County.

  • Boone County: 1 male 70s
  • Champaign County: 1 female 40s
  • Cook County: 1 male youth, 2 males 30s, 2 females 40s, 4 males 40s, 5 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 8 males 60s, 10 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 18 females 80s, 9 males 80s, 3 unknown 80s, 6 females 90s, 5 males 90s, 1 male 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Kane County: 2 females 60s, 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 40s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s
  • LaSalle County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s
  • Macon County: 1 male 80s
  • Madison County: 1 female 80s, 2 females 90s
  • McHenry County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • McLean County: 1 female 70s
  • Rock Island: 1 female 90s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 60s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s
  • Union County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Will County: 1 female 70s, 4 females 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 90,369 cases, including 4,058 deaths, in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 26,565 specimens for a total of 538,602.  The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate (positive tests) is 16%.

The Illinois Manteno Veterans’ Home is reporting the passing of a second resident with COVID-19.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, 53 individuals at IVHM have contracted COVID-19, including two cases who have passed away.

  • All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

3:30PM THURSDAY, MAY 14

Gov: All Regions So Far Meeting Metrics For Reopening

Gov. JB Pritzker confirmed in the question-and-answer portion of today’s news conference that the metrics on the IDPH website show all regions in the state — including the Northeast Region that includes Kane County — are meeting state guidelines for Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan.

“Every region so far is meeting all the metrics,” he said. “There is a rolling period — 14 days — for measuring the positivity rate. The Northeast Region was the only district not meeting that metric, but the trend for that region (now) is downward.”

Kane County Board members on Tuesday discussed the possiblity of lobbying the Governor’s Office to separate the county and possibly other collar counties from the Northeast Region because it includes the city of Chicago and Cook County, where there are higher death tolls and postivity rates.

The state has posted a five-phase Restore Illilnois plan that uses specific metrics — positivity percentage, percent of positivity change last 14 days, percent of hospital admition change since May 1, percent of medical and surgical bed availability, percent of ICU bed availability and percent of ventilator availability — to determine whether a region can advance to the next phase.

3,239 New Cases, 138 New Deaths Thursday

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 3,239 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 138 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 87,937 cases, including 3,928 deaths, in 99 counties in Illinois.

  • Coles County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s
  • Cook County: 4 males 30s, 1 female 40s, 2 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 10 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 13 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 10 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 9 females 80s, 15 males 80s, 11 females 90s, 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County: 2 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 3 females 90s
  • Jefferson County: 1 female 90s
  • Kane County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s
  • Kendall County: 2 females 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 60s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Lee County: 1 male 50s
  • McHenry County: 1 female 60s
  • Sangamon County: 1 male 70s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 80s
  • Wayne County: 1 male 80s
  • Will County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 3 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 3 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 female 100+

The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 22,678 specimens for a total of 512,037. The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate is 17%

3PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

IDPH Prioritizing Testings For Long-Term Care Facilities

Gov. JB Pritzker today said the Illinois Department of Public Health has ramped up its testing at long-term-care facilities across the state.

Pritzker said the state has done more than 300,000 tests of staff and patients a 129 facilities to date. The state also is using its stockpiles to provide personal protective equipment to nursing home facilities.

State Reports Highest Single-Day Death Toll: 192

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,677 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 192 additional deaths.

The deaths listed today include six Kane County residents.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 84,698 cases, including 3,792 deaths, in 99 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 17,668 specimens for a total of 489,359. The statewide seven-day rolling positivity rate is 17%.

IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said there is a “three-day lag” in the seven-day rate, and this one is the period from May 3 to May 10.

  • Clinton County: 1 female 20s
  • Cook County: 1 male teens, 1 female 30s, 3 males 40s, 4 females 50s, 8 males 50s, 10 females 60s, 21 males 60s, 13 females 70s, 18 males 70s, 15 females 80s, 19 males 80s, 1 unknown 80s, 17 females 90s, 6 males 90s, 3 females 100+
  • DuPage County: 2 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 5 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Jasper County: 1 male 90s
  • Jefferson County: 1 male 60s
  • Kane County: 1 female 70s, 3 females 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Lake County: 1 male 40s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 90s, 1 unknown 90s
  • Madison County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Will County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

Edwards County is now reporting a case of COVID-19.

3:15PM TUESDAY, MAY 12

State Health Officials Announce 4,014 New Cases, 144 Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 4,014 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 144 additional deaths, including three people from Kane County.

  • Boone County: 1 male 70s
  • Clinton County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Cook County: 1 male 30s, 4 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 7 males 50s, 3 females 60s, 11 males 60s, 9 females 70s, 15 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 17 females 80s, 10 males 80s, 1 unknown 80s, 7 females 90s, 5 males 90s, 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Iroquois County: 1 female 80s
  • Kane County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 90s
  • Kendall County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s
  • Lake County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 3 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Macon County: 1 male 70s
  • Madison County: 1 male 50s,
  • McHenry County: 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Ogle County: 1 male 80s
  • Randolph County: 1 male 60s
  • Rock Island County: 1 male 80s
  • Sangamon County: 2 females 80s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 90s
  • Whiteside County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Will County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 83,021 cases, including 3,601 deaths, in 98 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 29,266 specimens for a total of 471,691.

IDPH Statement

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered.  Information for deaths previously reported have changed, therefore, today’s numbers have been adjusted.

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

3:15PM MONDAY, MAY 11

52 Deaths Monday, But Gov Says Illinois Hasn’t Peaked Yet

There were 52 COVID-19-related deaths reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health today — the second day in a row with less than 100 deaths reported.

But Gov. JB Pritzker today also said Illinois “hasn’t passed the peak yet” and might not peak until mid-June.

“This news is disheartening,” he said.

During the question-and-answer portion of the Monday afternoon news conference, however, Pritzker said substantial portions of the stay-at-home could be lifted as soon as May 29. It was the first time he had mentioned a tentative “reopening date” in the afternoon Q&A.

This was the first day of a new format for the 2:30 p.m. news conference, with Pritzker broadcasting from his home. The governor has tested negative but is at home because a staff member tested positive.

During the presentation, Dr. Ngozi Ezike said the state has received 140 cases of Remdesivir, an FDA-approved drug used to treat patients with COVID-19. Ezike said 11 hospitals have received shipments. News sources indicate none of the hospitals are in Kane County.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,266 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 54 additional deaths, including one in Kane County.

  • Boone County: 1 male 60s
  • Coles County: 1 female 90s
  • Cook County: 1 female 50s, 3 males 50s, 6 females 60s, 4 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 2 unknowns 70s, 8 females 80s, 7 males 80s, 1 unknown 80s, 5 females 90s, 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 female 90s
  • Kane County: 1 female 90s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 79,007 cases, including 3,459 deaths, in 98 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 12,441 specimens for a total of 442,425.

In addition to other congregate settings, cases at Illinois Veterans’ Homes are being monitored. Currently, the home in Manteno is reporting 40 cases — 30 residents and 10 staff.

One resident at the LaSalle home tested positive but has since tested negative, and there have been no cases reported at the Anna or Quincy homes. All residents and staff at Manteno and LaSalle have been tested.  Specimens are currently being collected at the home in Anna and will be collected at the Quincy home on Wednesday.

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is following guidance from state and local health officials, which includes continuing health screenings, maintaining social distancing practices, wearing face masks, using gloves and gowns when indicated, and intensified cleaning.

11:25AM MONDAY, MAY 11

Gov’s Staffer Tests Positive For COVID-19

3:05PM SUNDAY, MAY 10

3,981 New Cases, 168 New Deaths Over Weekend

1,656 New Cases, 57 Deaths Sunday

Over the weekend, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 3,981 new cases of coronavirus and 168 deaths, including five in Kane County.

On Sunday, the IDPH reported 1,656 new cases, including 57 additional deaths.

The Sunday deaths include one person from Kane County, a man in his 30s.

  • Cook County: 2 males 20s, 2 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 4 males 50s, 5 females 60s, 9 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 5 females 70s, 7 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 1 unknown 90s, 1 male 100+
  • Kane County: 1 male 30s
  • Kankakee County: 1 male 60s
  • Peoria County: 1 female 80s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 90s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 50s

Of note is that the numbers of deaths reported on Sundays has been lower than other days of the week for the past several weeks:

  • Sunday, May 3 — 63
  • Sunday, April 26 — 59
  • Sunday, April 19 — 33
  • Sunday, April 12 — 43
  • Sunday, April 5 — 31

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 77,741 cases, including 3,406 deaths, in 98 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 13,653 specimens for a total of 429,984.

2,325 New Cases, 111 Deaths Saturday

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 2,325 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 111 additional deaths.

The Saturday deaths include four people from Kane County.

  • Clinton County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Cook County: 1 male 20s, 4 females 50s, 7 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 9 males 60s,
    7 females 70s, 13 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 8 females 80s, 7 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 unknown 90s, 2 females 100s
  • DeKalb: 1 male 60s
  • DuPage: 1 female 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 7 females 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Iroquois: 1 female 90s
  • Kane: 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Kendall: 1 male 50s, 1 female 90s
  • Lake: 1 female 70s, 2 males 90s
  • LaSalle: 1 female 60s, 1 male 80s
  • Madison: 1 female 80s
  • McHenry: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s
  • Rock Island: 1 male 80s
  • St. Clair: 1 male 40s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Will: 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s
  • Winnebago: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Out of State: 1 female 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 76,085 cases, including 3,349 deaths, in 98 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 16,617 specimens for a total of 416,331.

3PM FRIDAY, MAY 8

130 New Deaths Friday; 1,122 in ICU

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 2,887 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 130 additional deaths.

The IDPH announced five new deaths in Kane County, bringing the state’s total to 84 in Kane County.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 73,760 cases, including 3,241 deaths, in 98 counties in Illinois.

The IDPH reports 4,750 hospital beds occupied by patients with COVID-19 symptoms, about 25% or 1,222 in total are in Intensive Care Units.

  • Boone County: 1 female 90
  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2 females 40s, 2 males 40s, 2 males 50s, 2 females 60s, 16 males 60s, 6 females 70s, 15 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 14 females 80s, 10 males 80s, 9 females 90s, 8 males 90s, 1 unknown 90
  • DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Grundy County: 1 male 70s
  • Jasper County: 1 male 90s
  • Kane County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 females 70s
  • Kankakee County: 1 male 70s
  • Lake County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 2 females 80
  • LaSalle County: 1 female 40s
  • Macon County: 1 female 50s
  • Madison County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s
  • Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Williamson County: 1 male 60s

Pope County is now reporting a case of COVID-19. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 20,671 specimens for a total of 399,714.

3:04PM THURSDAY, MAY 7

Illinois Death Toll Passes 3,000; 138 New Deaths Thursday

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 2,641 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 138 additional deaths.

The death totals include three new deaths in Kane County, as reported by in today’s IDPH news release and dashboard.

The number of Intensive Care Unit beds occupied by COVID-19 patients is at 1,253 — up from 1,231 the previous day.

  • Clinton County: 1 male 70s
  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 5 males 50s, 1 unknown 50s, 6 females 60s, 12 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 9 females 70s, 19 males 70s, 10 females 80s, 14 males 80s, 17 females 90s, 6 males 90s, 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 4 females 90s
  • Jackson County: 1 male 60s
  • Kane County: 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 80s
  • Lake County: 2 males 60s, 1 female 80s
  • Macon County: 1 female 70s
  • McHenry County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Peoria County: 1 female 90s
  • Rock Island County: 1 male 70s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 80s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Will County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 80s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 70,873 cases, including 3,111 deaths, in 97 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 17,783 specimens for a total of 379,043.

2:50PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

136 Deaths Today; Latinx Population Hard Hit By COVID-19

Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 136 new deaths statewide and talked about the hard impact of the coronavirus on the Latinx population of Illinois.

Latinx relates to people of Latin American origin or descent, used as a gender-neutral or nonbinary alternative to Latino or Latina.

People who wish to receive texts from the IDPH in Spanish should text COVIDESP to 312-500-3536.

With the 136 deaths Wednesday, the statewide total is 2,974. If you would like to see more data supplied by the IDPH, click this link.

This screenshot from the city of Aurora COVID-19 web page shows more than 62% of confirmed cases are among the Hispanic community.

The IDPH reports nine new deaths in Kane County. Scroll down for more information about the gender and age ranges of those people.

IDPH reported 2,270 new positive cases today. There were 4,832 people hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms, including 1,231 in Intensive Care Units.

Here is the breakdown of deaths by county, as provided by the IDPH:

  • Cook County: 2 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 6 males 50s, 8 females 60s, 8 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 10 females 70s, 12 males 70s, 14 females 80s, 7 males 80s, 7 females 90s, 4 males 90s, 1 unknown 90s, 2 females 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 2 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s, 2 males 90s
  • Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 3 females 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 100+
  • Kendall County: 1 male 30s
  • Lake County: 1 female 60s, 2 females 70s, 2 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 100+
  • LaSalle County: 1 female 80s
  • Madison County: 1 female 80s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s
  • Peoria County: 1 male 50s
  • Rock Island County: 2 females 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 80s
  • Will County: 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 3 females 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 68,232 cases in 97 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than 1 to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 14,974 specimens for a total of 361,260.

3:15PM TUESDAY, MAY 5

Pritzker Presents 5-Phase ‘Restore Illinois’ Plan

Gov. JB Prizker on Tuesday announced a five-phase plan called “Restore Illinois,” aimed at setting a path toward opening the state over time.

Pritzker’s initial comments were cautionary.

“We have seen the world as we knew it turned on its head by an invisible enemy,” he said. “This is a very real and terrible enemy, and when we talk about what’s next, we cannot forget who we have lost and who we will lose.”

He also stated that “until we have a vaccine, the option of returning to normalcy doesn’t exist.”

But Pritzker also outlined a plan that would be applied to each of four regions of Illinois. Kane County’s region is the “northeast” and includes Chicago, Cook County and the collar counties.

Illinois is now in Phase 2 of the process.

The five phases of reopening for each health region are as follows:

Phase 1 – Rapid Spread: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital is high or rapidly increasing. Strict stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines are put in place and only essential businesses remain open. Every region has experienced this phase once already and could return to it if mitigation efforts are unsuccessful.

Phase 2 – Flattening: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital beds and ICU beds increases at an ever slower rate, moving toward a flat and even a downward trajectory. Non-essential retail stores reopen for curb-side pickup and delivery. Illinoisans are directed to wear a face covering when outside the home, and can begin enjoying additional outdoor activities like golf, boating and fishing while practicing social distancing. To varying degrees, every region is experiencing flattening as of early May.

Phase 3 – Recovery: The rate of infection among those tested, the number of patients admitted to the hospital, and the number of patients needing ICU beds is stable or declining. Manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops and salons can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions. All gatherings limited to 10 or fewer people are allowed. Face coverings and social distancing are the norm.

Phase 4 – Revitalization: The rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to the hospital continues to decline. All gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, restaurants and bars reopen, travel resumes, child care and schools reopen under guidance from the IDPH. Face coverings and social distancing are the norm.

Phase 5 – Illinois Restored: With a vaccine or highly effective treatment widely available or the elimination of any new cases over a sustained period, the economy fully reopens with safety precautions continuing. Conventions, festivals and large events are permitted, and all businesses, schools, and places of recreation can open with new safety guidance and procedures in place reflecting the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Until COVID-19 is defeated, Restore Illinois recognizes that as health metrics indicate it is safe to move forward, health metrics may also say to return to a prior phase.

With a vaccine or treatment not yet available, IDPH will be closely monitoring key metrics to immediately identify new growth in cases and hospitalizations to determine whether a return to a prior phase is needed.

As millions of Illinoisans continue working together by staying at home and following experts’ recommendations, the result has been a lower infection rate, lower hospitalizations, and lower number of fatalities than without these measures.

As the state’s curve begins to flatten, the risk of spread remains, and modeling and data point to a rapid surge in new cases if all mitigation measures are immediately lifted. The governor and his administration continue to urge all Illinois residents to follow the state’s stay-at-home order and to follow the guidance issued by the state and public health experts.

SOURCE: state of Illinois

176 Deaths, 2,122 Cases Reported Tuesday

The number of deaths jumped from 46 Monday to 176 today — the highest single-day total so far reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The IDPH reported 2,122 new cases, bringing the Illinois total to 65,962.

Among the 176 additional deaths and eight in Kane County. Here is the breakdown from the IDPH:

  • Bureau County: 1 male 90s
  • Clinton County: 2 female 80s
  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 4 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 6 males 50s, 8 females 60s, 20 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 17 males 70s, 18 females 80s, 15 males 80s, 11 females 90s, 8 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 2 males 50s, 2 males 60s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 4 females 90s
  • Kane County: 1 male 40s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 90s
  • Kendall County: 3 females 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 90s
  • Macoupin County: 1 female 40s
  • Madison County: 1 female 80s
  • McDonough County: 1 female 90s
  • McHenry County: 2 females 90s
  • Randolph County: 1 male 60s
  • Rock Island County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Union County: 1 male 80s
  • Will County: 2 females 70s, 3 females 80s, 5 females 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 65,962 cases, including 2,838 deaths, in 97 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 13,139 specimens for a total of 346,286.

3:15PM MONDAY, MAY 4

46 New Deaths Monday; Expect Opening in Phases

Gov. JB Pritzker announced just 46 new deaths in today’s news conference — the lowest in two weeks — and said residents should expect a relaxing of executive orders in stages, starting this month.

“You won’t have to wait until May 30 for that to happen,” Pritzker said.

The statistics on Monday included 2,341 new cases. There were 13,834 tests done, about 17% of which are positive.

The numbers of hospital beds and ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients also continued to drop slightly. The number of COVID-19 beds overall is 4,493 and ICU beds 3,681.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the following deaths:

  • Cook County: 1 female 20s, 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 6 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Iroquois County: 1 female 60s
  • Lake County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 3 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Macon County: 1 male 70s
  • Madison County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 90s
  • Monroe County: 1 male 70s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 100+
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 80s
  • Will County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 50s, 3 females 70s, 1 male 80s
  • Winnebago County: 1 male 50s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 63,840 cases, including 2,662 deaths, in 97 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 333,147 specimens for a total of 13,834.

4:10PM SUNDAY, MAY 3

Public Health Officials Announce 2,994 New Cases, 63 New Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,994 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 63 additional deaths.

  • Cook County: 2 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 7 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 9 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 4 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Jefferson County: 1 male 80s
  • Kane County: 1 male 70s
  • Lake County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 70s
  • Madison County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 90s
  • Monroe County: 1 female 90s
  • Will County: 1 female 70s
  • Winnebago County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 61,499 cases, including 2,618 deaths, in 97 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 19,417 specimens for a total of 319,313.

3PM SATURDAY, MAY 2

Public Health Officials Announce 2,450 New Cases, 105 New Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 2,450 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 105 additional deaths.
  • Boone County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Clinton County: 1 male 80s
  • Cook County: 1 female 20s, 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 3 females 50s, 8 males 50s, 5 females 60s, 7 males 60s, 8 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 6 females 80s, 12 males 80s, 7 females 90s, 2 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 2 males 90s
  • Jefferson County: 2 females 90s
  • Kane County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Kankakee County: 1 male 70s
  • Lake County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
  • McDonough County: 1 male 70s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 60s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 70s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 90s
  • Will County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 58,505 cases, including 2,559 deaths, in 97 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 15,208 specimens for a total of 299,896.

3PM FRIDAY, MAY 1

105 New Deaths; 3,137 New Cases; 1,263 in ICU

Dr. Ngozi Ekika on Friday announced 105 new deaths on Friday, including 1,263 COVID-19 patients in Intensive Care Units throughout Illinois. There were 777 COVID-19 patients on ventilators as of today.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also announced 3,137 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois — the highest single-day increase in new cases recorded so far.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported four new deaths in Kane County, bringing the total to 52 on the IDPH dashboard.

  • Adams County: 1 female 60s
  • Clinton County: 1 female 80s
  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 2 females 40s, 1 male 40s, 2 females 50s, 1 male 50s, 5 females 60s, 13 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 10 males 70s, 9 females 80s, 12 males 80s, 5 females 90s, 2 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 3 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Jackson County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Kane County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Madison County: 1 female 70s
  • McHenry County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 100+
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 80s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 60s
  • Whiteside County: 1 female 90s
  • Will County: 1 male teens, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 56,055 cases, including 2,457 deaths, in 97 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 14,821 specimens for a total of 284,688.

Ezike also reminded parents to take their children for vaccinations and for adults to visit their doctors — wearing masks, of course — whenever necessary to maintain good health during the pandemic.

Gov: Contact Tracing Is Imperative

Gov. JB Pritzker said Illinois must contact trace “on a never-before-seen scale” in order to get closer to a “normal” lifestyle for work and play.

“Contact tracing means we will let people know before symptoms start that they could become ill,” he said. “This is our primary tool … to reduce the rate of spread.”

Pritzker says he wants to see 30 workers per 100,000 residents collecting information on the people who have been in contact with other people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Some of this new program will be done through technology, some through personal contact.

Local health departments are expected to play a key role in the rapid upgrading of contact tracing capacity.

This article will be updated when the state issues a news release on this topic.

2:50PM THURSDAY, APRIL 30

141 New Deaths Thursday; 1,289 Still in ICU

Dr. Ngozi Ezike today emphasized the importance of testing — and of full reporting by those who are tested — in the state’s efforts to gather data and put into place programs to stop the spread.

The director of the Illinois Department of Public Health announced 141 new deaths Thursday as well as 2,563 new confirmed cases.

The number of deaths includes four Kane County residents, two men and two women, all in their 80s or 90s.

There are 4,952 COVID-19 cases in Illinois hospital beds, including 1,289 in Intensive Care Units, and 785 COVID-19 patients on ventilators.

Here is a breakdown of the deaths, by county:

  • Clinton County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s
  • Cook County: 1 female 20s, 2 males 20s, 1 male 30s, 1 male 40s, 4 females 50s, 6 males 50s, 2 females 60s, 16 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 16 males 70s, 15 females 80s, 9 males 80s, 6 females 90s, 6 males 90s, 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 2 males 60s, 2 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 4 males 90s
  • Jasper County: 1 female 80s
  • Jefferson County: 1 female 80s
  • Kane County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Lake County: 1 male 20s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 3 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Macon County: 1 male 60s
  • Madison County: 1 female 80s, 1 unknown 90s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 80s
  • Out of State: 1 male 80s
  • Peoria County: 1 male 70s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 90s
  • Will County: 1 male 40s, 2 females 80s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 70s

Brown County is now reporting a case. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 52,918 cases, including 2,355 deaths, in 97 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 13,200 specimens for a total of 269,867.

All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time.

Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered. Information for a death previously reported has changed, therefore, today’s numbers have been adjusted.

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov

1:40PM THURSDAY, APRIL 30

Illinois Processes 830,000 Unemployment Checks in 8 Weeks

3PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29

Gov Slams 2nd Lawsuit, Touts Increased Help For Assisted Living

Gov. JB Pritzker today slammed a second lawsuit that challenges the state’s extension of the stay-at-home order. He also emphasized the state’s increased efforts to provide testing and help to assisted living facilities.

The second lawsuit against Pritzker’s stay-at-home order was filed by Rep. John Cabello, a Republican from the Rockford area.

The suit was filed Wednesday in Winnebago County Circuit Court and seeks an injunction stopping the state from enforcing the stay-at-home order or issuing any new orders, according to media sources.

During his afternoon news conference, Pritzker called the second lawsuit “irresponsible” and “another attempt at grandstanding.”

Pritzker Press Secretary Jordan Abudayyeh slammed Cabello’s lawsuit in a statement on Wednesday.

“This callous disregard for science, reason, and the value of human life will be settled by the courts,” he said. “The governor is focused on the statewide response to COVID-19, an effort that is not just legal, but is keeping people safe and saving lives.”

The governor also spoke during his afternoon news conference on the state’s increased efforts to help assisted living facilities. This article will be updated when more information is available from official sources.

92 New Deaths Brings Total To 2,215

The IDPH on Wednesday announced 92 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 2,215 to date.

IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike there are now 50,335 positive cases in Illinois of 256,667 total tests.

Other important stats include: 5,036 COVID-19 related hospital beds in use, including 1,290 in the Intensive Care Unit. There are 777 Illinoisans on ventilators.

The number of deaths in Kane County increased to 45 in the state totals. The three deaths reported today include a man in his 50s and two women in their 90s.

The IDPH numbers sometimes differ from those reported on the Kane County Health Department dashboard or the Coroner’s Office weekly report becase they are collected at different times. (The Coroner’s Office also differs because it is generated once a week and counts all people who tested positive for COVID-19 and died in Kane County, while the Health Department counts deceased Kane County residents who tested positive for COVID-19.)

Here is a breakdown of today’s reported deaths, by county:

  • Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 3 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 1 male 50s, 8 females 60s, 10 males 60s, 6 females 70s, 11 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 7 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 3 males 90s, 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s, 1 female 100+
  • Jasper County: 1 male 90s
  • Jefferson County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 100+
  • Kane County: 1 male 50s, 2 females 90s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 90s
  • Kendall County: 1 male 90s
  • Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s
  • Madison County: 1 male 80s
  • McHenry County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 80s
  • Shelby County: 1 male 70s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 70s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Vermilion County: 1 male 70s
  • Will County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 90s

3:45PM TUESDAY, APRIL 28

Highest Single-Day Death Toll; State Passes 2,000 Deaths

The state of Illinois saw its highest single-day death toll on the same day the total number of deaths associated with COVID-19 passes the 2,000 mark.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 144 new deaths today among 2,219 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois.

That brings the death toll to 2,125 in 96 counties in Illinois. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 48,102 cases.

Deaths reported today include two in Kane County, a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 90s.

Here is the breakdown by county, as reported by the IDPH:

  • Cook County: 1 female 20s, 1 male 20s, 2 males 30s, 3 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 6 males 50s, 10 females 60s, 17 males 60s, 11 females 70s, 17 males 70s, 17 females 80s, 15 males 80s, 5 females 90s, 6 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Jefferson County: 1 female 90s
  • Kane County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Kankakee County: 1 male 50s
  • Lake County: 1 male 40s, 2 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 male 80s
  • Madison County: 1 female 50s
  • McHenry County: 2 females 70s
  • Ogle County: 1 male 70s
  • Rock Island County: 1 female 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 90s
  • Will County: 1 female teens, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 70s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 80s.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 14,561 specimens for a total of 242,189.

Governor: Lawsuit Doesn’t Affect Stay Order

Gov. JB Pritzker today assured residents that the stay-at-home order is still in place and is unaffected by Monday’s Clay County Circuit Court ruling.

Clay County is in downstate Illinois. (CREDIT: Google Maps)

According to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and other sources, the state already has filed an appeal to a downstate judge’s Monday ruling that temporarily blocks the governor’s extended stay-at-home order — as it applies to a single state lawmaker.

“This ruling only applies to one person,” Pritzker said. “This was a cheap political stunt so that the rep can see his name in headlines.”

Rep. Darren Bailey sued Pritzker last week at the Clay County courthouse.

Pritzker said the state is taking the matter seriously, but “we are making much of the progress we had hoped to make and will not let one state representative deter us.”

4:30PM MONDAY, APRIL 27

Judge Grants Restraining Order to Block Extended Stay-at-Home Order

In the question-and-answer portion of today’s news conference, Gov. JB Pritzker read a statement saying the state will fight a judge’s decision to grant a restraining order that would block the May extension of the statewide stay-at-home order.

According to NBC5 and other media sources, Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney granted a restraining order to temporarily block the stay-at-home restrictions set to take effect Friday.

“We are certainly going to act in a swift action to have this ruling overturned,” Pritzker said in his daily briefing.

Pritzker said the judge’s ruling has put thousands of people in danger and the lawsuit is “an insult to everyone who has lost loved ones” to COVID-19.

Under the ruling, cities could disregard the stay-at-home order and re-open on their own accord.

Pritzker said Illinois’ Attorney General Kwame Raoul is working to have the ruling overturned and have a stay put in place.

1,980 New Cases, 50 New Deaths Monday

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,980 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 50 additional deaths.

  • Boone County: 1 female 90s
  • Champaign County: 1 female 60s
  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 6 males 80s, 1 male 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s
  • Jasper County: 1 female 80s
  • Jefferson County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Madison County: 1 female 60s
  • Rock Island County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s
  • Sangamon County: 2 males 80s
  • Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

IDPH is reporting a total of 45,883 cases, including 1,983 deaths, in 96 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have processed 12,676 specimens for a total of 227,628.

3:45PM SUNDAY, APRIL 25

4,245 New Cases, 139 Deaths Over Weekend

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 2,126 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 59 additional deaths, including one in Kane County.

On Saturday, the IDPH announced 2,119 new cases and 80 new deaths. There were no new Kane County deaths reported by the state of Illinois on Saturday.

That brings the weekend totals to 4,245 new cases and 139 new deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 43,903 cases, including 1,933 deaths, in 96 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

The state reported 1,267 COVID-19 patients occupying 3,631 intensive care unit beds.

Here are the deaths reported Sunday, broken down by county:

  • Cook County: 2 females 20s, 1 male 20s, 1 female 30s, 2 males 40s, 3 females 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 9 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 6 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 1 male 90s
  • DuPage County: 2 males 60s, 2 males 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Jefferson County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Kane County: 1 male 60s
  • Lake County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s
  • Will County: 2 females 80s

2:45PM FRIDAY, APRIL 24

State Does 16,124 Tests in One Day

Gov. JB Pritzker used his daily news conference today to talk about testing in Illinois.

Today (Friday, April 24, 2020) was a banner day, with 16,124 total — by far the highest number since the pandemic began.

One of the sites that was in part responsible for that record is the Aurora drive-through testing facility in the parking area of the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall.

Pritzker has said antibody test so far are not an answer. They “error on the side of irresponsible.”

“No one yet knows the specificity of these test,” he said.

2,724 New Cases, 108 New Deaths

Dr. Ngozi Ezike of the Illinois Department of Public Health announced today 2,724 new cases of the virus — the highest single-day increase is cases, which she attributed to the extreme uptick in testing.

Ezike reported 108 new deaths, bringing the state total to 1,795 since the pandemic began.

The IDPH said there were 1,225 COVID patients occupying 3,201 ICU beds. That compares to 1,268 COVID patients occupying 3,155 staffed ICU beds, as reported Thursday.

Here is the breakdown by county:

  • Boone County: 1 male 60s
  • Clinton County: 1 female 100+
  • Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 3 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 5 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 7 males 60s, 14 females 70s, 15 males 70s, 10 females 80s, 11 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 5 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 80s, 3 females 90s, 2 males 90s
  • Jefferson County: 1 male 70s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 80s
  • Lake County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 90s
  • Madison County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 50s
  • Sangamon County: 1 male 70s
  • Whiteside County: 1 unknown 90s
  • Will County: 1 male 20s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 39,658 cases, including 1,795 deaths, in 96 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

11AM FRIDAY, APRIL 24

Illinois Processes 750,000 Unemployment Claims

 

3:30PM THURSDAY, APRIL 23

Governor Extends ‘Stay’ To May 30

Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday extended the statewide stay-at-home order to May 30.

The governor said the month of May “will look a little different” in that some services would be allowed under special guidelines. For example, certain non-essential businesses will be allowed to conduct pickup and delivery services, elective surgeries will be allowed under conditions outlined by the government and some state parks will open to the public.

The governor said the data was not sufficient to allow a lift of the stay-at-home order. “It’s not rocket science — It’s harder,” said one expert called to the podium during the governor’s Thursday news conference.

The state released modeling today put together by top academic institutions and researchers in Illinois that predicts the course of coronavirus in the state over the coming months.

1,268 COVID Patients occupying 3,155 staffed ICU Beds statewide

State officials said the projected peak or plateau of deaths per day would be sometime between late April and early May, but if the stay-at-home order were lifted this week, the model anticipates a second wave of the outbreak in Illinois starting in May.

A state news release said lifting the stay order “would claim tens of thousands of lives and greatly exceed the state’s hospital capacity.”

Executive Order Guidelines

The new executive order will include the following modifications effective May 1:

• OUTDOOR RECREATION: State parks will begin a phased re-opening under guidance from the Department of Natural Resources. Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two people will be permitted. A list of parks that will be open on May 1 and additional guidelines can be found on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website HERE . Golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and when ensuring that social distancing is followed.

• NEW ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES: Greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries may re-open as essential businesses. These stores must follow social distancing requirements and must require that employees and customers wear a face covering. Animal grooming services may also re-open.

• NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL: Retail stores designated as non-essential businesses and operations may re-open to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery.

• FACE COVERINGS: Beginning on May 1, individuals will be required to wear a face-covering or a mask when in a public place where they can’t maintain a 6-foot social distance. Face-coverings will be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of 2 who are able to medically tolerate a face-covering or a mask.

• ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND MANUFACTURING: Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face-coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six-feet of social distancing, as well as follow new requirements that maximize social distancing and prioritize the well-being of employees and customers. This will include occupancy limits for essential businesses and precautions such as staggering shifts and operating only essential lines for manufacturers.

• SCHOOLS:  Educational institutions may allow and establish procedures for pick-up of necessary supplies or student belongings. Dormitory move-outs must follow public health guidelines, including social distancing.

The Illinois Department of Public Health will also be issuing guidance to surgi-centers and hospitals to allow for certain elective surgeries for non-life-threatening conditions, starting on May 1. Facilities will need to meet specific criteria, including proper PPE, ensuring enough overall space for COVID-19 patients remains available, and testing of elective surgery patients to ensure COVID-19 negative status.

123 New Deaths Statewide Reported Thursday

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,826 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 123 additional deaths.

The death toll includes two men from Kane County, one in his 70s, the other in his 90s.

  • Boone County: 1 male 80s
  • Champaign County: 1 male 90s
  • Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 male 30s, 2 females 40s, 1 male 40s, 3 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 3 females 60s, 7 males 60s, 9 females 70s, 13 males 70s, 8 females 80s, 8 males 80s, 10 females 90s, 2 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 4 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males 80s, 2 females 90s
  • Fayette County: 1 female 90s
  • Jackson County: 1 female 70s
  • Kane County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 80s, 4 males 80s
  • Kendall County: 1 male 70s
  • Lake County: 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 male 100+
  • McHenry County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
  • Sangamon County: 1male 70s
  • Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 males 90s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 80s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 36,934 cases, including 1,688 deaths, in 96 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

7:25AM THURSDAY, APRIL 23

Here’s Who Should Go To New COVID-19 Testing Site at The Outlet Mall

2:55PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

Gov Announces New Drive-Through Test Site in Aurora

Gov. JB Pritzker minutes ago announced that a new drive-through COVID-19 testing site at the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall in Aurora.

The governor said the site will be able to handle hundreds of tests daily and would be available to people even without a doctor’s recommendation.

The Aurora Police Department announced a 4 p.m. news conference today, which is expected to provide additional details.

98 New Deaths, 2,049 New Cases Wednesday

Important Stats

  • Total COVID-19 Hospital Beds in Use: 4,665 (Yesterday: 4,776)
  • COVID-19 ICU Beds in Use: 1,220 (Yesterday: 1,226)
  • Ventilators in Use: 747 (Yesterday: 781)

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 2,049 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 98 additional deaths.

  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 30s, 3 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 5 females 60s, 6 males 60s, 7 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 1 unknown 70s, 5 females 80s, 16 males 80s, 8 females 90s, 3 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 male 80s, 2 females 90s
  • Jefferson County: 1 male 60s
  • Kane County: 2 males 50s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 90s
  • Kendall County: 1 female 60s
  • Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s
  • Macon County: 1 female 60s
  • Madison County: 2 males 70s, 1 male 80s
  • McHenry County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
  • Monroe County: 1 male 80s
  • Rock Island County: 1 male 70s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 80s
  • Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 35,108 cases, including 1,565 deaths, in 96 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

4PM TUESDAY, APRIL 21

119 Deaths, 1,551 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

Why aren’t the death tolls going down? Why are there 125 deaths statewide on Saturday and 33 on Sunday? Shouldn’t there be some trends showing in the data the Illinois Department of Public Health provides each day?

The answer to those questions can’t be found in the numbers or the news releases. But the inconsistency of those numbers is among the many reasons officials are grappling with decisions about what measures to take as the stay-at-home order nears its April 30 deadline.

Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday that the state hasn’t seen its peak yet and might not until mid-May.

But Pritzker and Illinois Director of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezikee said there is good news to report today, including the numbers of COVID-19-related intensive care unit cases, which is at 1,226 statewide and appears to be very gradually going down.

Pritzker said there are 781 venitlators in use, which means that 60% of ventilators statewide are available.

More good news is that 55% of patients contacted three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 tell the IDPH that they have recovered, and 77% have recovered after four weeks.

That information stands in contrast to the 119 additional deaths the IDPH reported today (Tuesday, April 21, 2020).

According to the daily IDPH news release, there were 1,551 new cases of coronavirus disease Tuesday in Illinois.

The IDPH report said none of the deaths were in Kane County. (Please click on the COVID-19 KANE COUNTY and COVID-19 HOSPITALS landing pages for additional information. You can also click this link for an article on finding COVID-19 information by zip code.)

Here are the numbers and demographics regarding today’s deaths, as reported by the IDPH:

  • Boone County: 1 male 20s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s
  • Carroll County: 1 female 80s
  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 2 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 9 males 50s, 4 females 60s, 10 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 9 females 70s, 14 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 17 males 80s, 8 females 90s, 5 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males 90s
  • Jackson County: 1 male 80s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 90s
  • Lake County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Madison County: 1male 70s, 1 male 80s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 70s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Rock Island County: 1 female 70s
  • Will County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Winnebago County: 1 male 60s
  • Woodford County: 1 female 70s

Hardin County is now reporting a case.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 33,059 cases, including 1,468 deaths, in 96 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

3:30PM TUESDAY, APRIL 21

Deaths, Positive Cases Not Perfect in Telling COVID-19 Story

2:25PM TUESDAY, APRIL 21

Where To Find COVID-19 Data By Zip Code

3PM MONDAY, APRIL 20

Governor: COVID-19 ICU Beds Dropping; Nursing Homes Add Protocols

Gov. JB Pritzker on Monday said the numbers of Intensive Care Unit beds occupied by COVID-19 patients is dropping significantly — another sign that Illinois is “bending the curve.”

The governor also outlined a three-pronged series of actions aimed at controlling the spread of the virus in nursing homes.

This article will be updated when a news release is issued by the state of Illinois.

1,151 New Cases of Coronavirus; 59 New Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced a total of 59 new deaths — significantly down from the single-day highs of 125 recorded as recently as Saturday.

There were 1,151 new cases of coronavirus disease reported Monday in Illinois.

Demographic data and breakdown by county were not immediately released from the state via press release.

Presently, the state is reporting 31,508 positive cases and 1,349 deaths to date.

5:10PM SUNDAY, APRIL 19

IDPH Releases Nursing Home Data — 286 Deaths

New data from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows how widespread the coronavirus has become in the state’s nursing homes, with at least 286 deaths and nearly 1,900 cases of the virus reported by officials.

A total of 286 deaths have been reported as a result of COVID-19.

3PM SUNDAY, APRIL 19

A Difficult Weekend — 2,782 New Cases, 158 New Deaths

It was another difficult weekend for Illinois in terms of novel coronavirus deaths — with 158 new deaths and 2,782 new confirmed cases.

The contrast between the two days was significant, with 125 on Saturday tying the highest single-day total, but with just 33 new deaths on Sunday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,197 new cases of coronavirus disease. Adding that to Saturday’s 1,585 new cases, the weekend total was 2,782.

New deaths reported Sunday include the following:

  • Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 60s, 5 males 60s, 4 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 3 males 90s, 1 unknown 90s
  • DuPage County:  1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Kane County:  1 female 90s
  • Madison County:  1 male 50s
  • Monroe County:  1 female 90s
  • Sangamon County:  1 male 90s
  • St. Clair County:  1 male 60s
  • Will County:  1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 30,357 cases, including 1,290 deaths, in 93 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

A Quick Explanation of Cause of Death And COVID-19

Illinois Director of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike offered a brief explanation Sunday regarding the recording of deaths in the daily report on COVID-19.

Ezike said a death is added to the daily totals report if the deceased person tested positive for the virus. Ezike said COVID-19 is not necessarily the cause of death.

As an example, she cited a situation in which a person is in hospice care due to cancer or some other pre-exisisting condition. If that person dies and tests positive for COVID-19, that death woutld be included in the state’s daily report of COVID-19 deaths.

Saturday Ties Highest Single-Day Death Toll at 125

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday announced 1,585 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 125 additional deaths.

  • Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 female 30s, 3 males 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 4 females 50s, 6 males 50s, 9 females 60s, 11 males 60s, 8 females 70s, 20 males 70’s, 11 females 80s, 12 males 80s, 8 females 90s, 4 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s, 3 females 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Kane County: 2 males 50s
  • Kankakee County: 2 females 80s
  • Kendall County: 1 male 60s
  • Lake County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 70s, 3 males 80s
  • Monroe County: 1 male 80s
  • Peoria County: 1 female 80s
  • Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s

Hamilton County is now reporting a case. As of Saturday, IDPH reported a total of 29,160 cases, including 1,259 deaths, in 93 counties in Illinois.

3PM FRIDAY, APRIL 17

School Buildings Closed For Balance of Year

Gov. JB Pritzker said moments ago that schools throughout the state would remain shuttered for the balance of the school year.

Public Health Officials Announce 1,842 New Cases — Highest Single Day So Far

The Illinois Department of Public Health  today announced 1,842 new cases of coronavirus disease— the highest single-day total in Illinois so far during the COVID-19 emergency.

The state reported 62 additional deaths, including three in Kane County.

  • Boone County: 1 female 60s
  • Cook County: 2 females 40s, 1 male 40s, 2 males 50s, 2 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 4 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males 80s, 2 females 90s
  • Kane County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s, 1 male 100+
  • Lake County: 1 male 90s
  • Macon County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Madison County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s
  • Monroe County: 1 female 80s
  • Randolph County: 1 male 80s
  • St. Clair County 1 unknown 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
  • Will County: 2 males 80s

Henderson and Wayne counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 27,575 cases, including 1,134 deaths, in 92 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

For all personal protective equipment donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

3PM THURSDAY, APRIL 16

125 New Deaths Thursday — Highest Single-Day Total To Date

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,140 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 125 additional deaths.

Illinois Director of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike said the 125 deaths is the highest single-day total in the state of Illinois to date.

The death toll includes one person from Kane County, a woman in her 70s.

  • Bond County: 1 male 70s
  • Champaign County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Christian County: 1 male 70s
  • Cook County: 1 male 30s, 2 females 40s, 1 male 40s, 3 females 50s, 6 males 50s, 5 females 60s, 8 males 60s, 1 unknow 60s, 8 females 70s, 18 males 70s, 10 females 80s, 17 males 80s, 6 females 90s, 5 males 90s, 1 male 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 female 80s, 2 males 90s
  • Kane County: 1 female 70s
  • Lake County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 females 80s, 3 females 90s, 2 males 90s
  • Madison County: 1 female 70s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s
  • McLean County: 1 female 80s
  • Monroe County: 1 female 80s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

Alexander County is now reporting a case. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 25,733 cases, including 1,072 deaths, in 90 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

State Puts Emphasis on Tests

Gov. JB Pritzker in his daily address said the state is putting an emphasis on testing and will expand driver-through testing sites and change the testing eligibiity so that more Illinoisans can get tested.

“The path back to normal will come sooner with your help,” Pritzker said.

EXPANSION OF TESTING

The state has partnered with Thermo Fisher to help improve testing capacities at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) labs and across the state, and Thermo Fisher committed to prioritizing Illinois in its supply chain management. IDPH’s five machines are now up and running with reliable results.

As Illinois ramps up testing over the next week the state estimates a new capacity of thousands more tests per day at state labs alone.

University partners of Illinois Tech, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Urbana-Champaign, as well as outside vendors, have committed to providing Illinois with an abundance of VTM and swabs that allows the state to stock state labs, as well as support additional labs throughout the state.

Labs in need of supplemental VTM or swabs to boost their in-house testing capacities  can send requests through their local Emergency Management Agencies.

In order to collect more specimens to meet our new capacity, the governor announced that the state will be expanding testing through its statewide network of Federally Qualified Health Centers. In coordination with the Illinois Primary Healthcare Association, Illinois surveyed centers to gauge their interest in helping Illinois expand testing and is now working with dozens of centers to begin taking specimens.

Sites that will be coming online include TCA Health in Roseland and Chatham; Howard Brown locations in Chicago’s Englewood, Hyde Park, Austin and Little Village; Heartland Alliance Health in Chicago; Aunt Martha’s in Chicago Heights, Harvey, Joliet, Kankakee, Danville, and Chicago’s South Side; the Erie Family Health Centers in the Evanston-Skokie region, Humboldt Park, and Waukegan; Quorum Health in Waukegan; VNA Healthcare in Aurora, Carol Stream, Romeoville and Elgin; Heartland Health Services in Peoria; and Christopher Greater Area Rural Health, which will have 9-12 sites across Southern Illinois.

Dozens more are working to bring their operations online in the coming days. For the most up-to-date list of these sites, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov. There residents can also find information on eligibility for testing and contact information for each testing site.

In order to keep expanding testing across communities, the governor announced an expansion of the state of Illinois’ recommended testing criteria to include all those who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms. This new guidance will apply to state-run drive through testing centers and will be offered to medical providers across Illinois.

The state continues to urge people with mild symptoms to call their medical provider before seeking a COVID-19 test.

3:15 PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

‘This Is a Marathon’: State Reports 80 New Deaths

Illinois Director of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced 80 new deaths Wednesday, saying “this is a marathon” and asking Illinoisans to continue to stay home.

Her announcement came minutes after Gov. JB Pritzker outlined the state-government budget shortfalls and economic fallout from the pandemic as well as the efforts to find ways for Illinois to get back to business.

The governor said the economic impacts could cost the state $2.7 billion in revenue this fiscal year and $4.6 billion in the coming fiscal year.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,346 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 80 additional deaths.

  • Cook County: 1 female teens, 1 male 30s, 2 males 50s, 11 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 11 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 5 males 90s, 1 female 100+, 1 male 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Jackson County: 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 100+
  • Macon County: 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s
  • McHenry County: 3 males 70s
  • Monroe County: 1 female 90s
  • Ogle County: 1 female 80s
  • Rock Island County: 1 male 50s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Whiteside County: 1 male 70s
  • Will County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s

Union County is now reporting a case.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 24,593 cases, including 948 deaths, in 89 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

4PM TUESDAY, APRIL 14

74 New Deaths But ‘Doubling Rate’ Numbers Show COVID-19 Slowdown

Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois health officials today announced with sadness the deaths of 74 Illinois residents, but they also revealed numbers they say are sure signs that the COVID-19 surge is slowing.

One set of hopeful numbers came in the statistics gathered Monday on the numbers of hospital beds and ventilators in use. You can read more on the COVID-19 HOSPITALS landing page, but the essence is that 33% of Intensive Care Unite beds and 55% of the state’s ventilators were availble as the work week began.

The other statistical good news is that the “doubling rate” — the days it takes for a number of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations or deaths to double — is lengthening.

“These numbers are indicators of our growing ability to manage capacity within the healthcare systems across Illinois,” Pritzker said. “We need to stay the course for our efforts to remain effective.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,222 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 74 additional deaths.

  • Cook County: 1 male 30s, 3 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 3 males 50s, 1 unknown 50s, 1 female 60s, 5 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s
  • Jackson County: 1 male 70s
  • Kankakee County: 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 50s, 3 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 4 males 80s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 50s
  • Monroe County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 70s
  • Tazewell County: 1 male 80s
  • Whiteside County: 1 female 90s
  • Will County; 1 male 40s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 4 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 female 100+

3:40PM MONDAY, APRIL 13

72 New Deaths Monday; Gov Considers ‘Adjustments’ to Stay at Home After April 30

Gov. JB Pritzker said during the question-and-answer portion of the state’s daily COVID-19 news conference that his administration is considering “adjustments” to the state’s stay-at-home order once it expires on April 30.

Pritzker said there are many factors that he and state economic leaders and public health officials are considering before making any decisions on when or how to get the state’s population back to work, but he emphasized that residents’ safety would be his first priority.

In answer to a second question, Pritzker said he has no timetable or specific plan set at this time regarding the balance of the school year.

Nineteen states so far have extended their mandated statewide school-building closures through the remainder of the school year. Kane County educators emphasize that schools here are not “closed” but are operating via online learning.

Earlier in the day, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she expects the stay-at-home to extend into May, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,173 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 74 additional deaths, one of which is in Kane County.

  • Cook County: 2 males 30s, 1 female 40s, 3 males 40s, 7 males 50s, 6 females 60s, 8 males 60s, 8 females 70s, 5 males 70s, 8 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 2 males 90s, 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Fayette County: 1 female 90s
  • Jasper County: 1 female 90s
  • Kane County: 1 female 90s
  • Lake County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 70s
  • Will County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s

IDPH is reporting a total of 22,025 cases, including 794 deaths, in 87 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

2:45PM SUNDAY, APRIL 12

Statewide Messages of Sadness, Hope on Easter Sunday

Gov. JB Pritzker on Easter Sunday delivered messages of sadness and hope that he said are revealed in the numbers of coronavirus deaths and confirmed cases on this holy day for Christians around the world.

Pritzker said the hope comes in the fact that the numbers of cases and deaths appear to be flattening.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,672 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 43 additional deaths.

In the previous five days, the numbers were:

  • Saturday, April 11: 1,293 new cases, 81 additional deaths
  • Friday, April 10: 1,465 new cases, 68 additional deaths
  • Thursday, April 9: 1,344 new cases, 66 additional deaths.
  • Wednesday, April 8: 1,529 new cases, 82 additional deaths.
  • Tuesday, April 7: 1,287 new cases, 73 additional deaths.

The sadness, of course, comes in the number of new deaths reported over the weekend.

Kane County saw one new death on Sunday, a woman in her 80s, according to the IDPH report.

More hopeful news comes in the number of tests, which now exceeds 100,000 statewide.

Pritzker said his administration is evaluating the decisions that will have to be made regarding the possible lifting of restrictions.

“It’s a question of how and when,” he said. “The question is how do you operate once we’ve brought down the level of infection. … The last thing we want is to open things up, and then have a big spike in infections.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 20,852 cases, including 720 deaths, in 86 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

Sunday’s Reported Death Toll in Illinois

  • Cook County: 1 male 40s, 3 females 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 3 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 5 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 7 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 2 males 90s.
  • DuPage County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Kane County: 1 female 80s
  • Lake County: 2 males 70s, 1 male 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 70s
  • Will County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 80s

Saturday’s Reported Death Toll in Illinois

On Saturday, the IDPH announced 1,293 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 81 additional deaths.

  • Champaign County: 1 male 70s
  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 3 male 50s, 3 female 60s, 7 male 60s, 9 female 70s, 4 male 70s, 7 female 80s, 9 male 80s, 7 female 90s, 2 male 90s,
    1 female 100s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s, 2 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Jackson County: 1 female 90s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s
  • Lake County: 2 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 female 80s, 1 male 80s,
    1 female 90s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 60s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Will County: 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Winnebago County: 1 male 90s

3:30PM FRIDAY, APRIL 10

Public Health Officials Announce 1,465 New Cases, 68 New Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health  today announced 1,465 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois — once again, the highest daily total to date — including 68 additional deaths.

The deaths include two Kane County residents, both men in their 70s.

  • Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 female 30s, 1 female 50s, 7 males 50s, 3 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 10 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 6 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 2 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 3 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Kane County: 2 males 70s
  • Kankakee County: 1 male 50s
  • Lake County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Rock Island County: 1 female 60s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 50s
  • Will County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

Fulton and Greene counties are now reporting a case.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 17,887 cases, including 596 deaths, in 83 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

4PM THURSDAY, APRIL 9

State Officials: Rate of Increase Slowing, But Still xx Deaths Reported Thursday

There is some good news along with the tragic in Thursday’s report from Illinois Director of Public Health Dr. Ngozi Ezike and Gov. JB Pritzker.

The governor said the data “indicates to us that we are, in fact, bending the curve” of COVID-19 cases — and deaths — in the state of Illinois.

In fact, the 66 deaths reported today (Thursday, April 9, 2020) are slightly lower than the 72 deaths projected by covid19.healthdata.org. The health data website is projecting the peak death toll will hit April 12. That source projects April 11 as the peak resource-need time for hospitals.

Ezike and Pritzker each said there is evidence the rate of cases and deaths is slowing. You can see by the IDPH bar graph that the number of confirmed cases is still going up, but it is no longer growing as quickly as had been in past days and weeks.

That said, both officials stressed that this is no time to underestimate the virus or the importance of the stay-at-home order.

The IDPH today announced 1,344 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 66 additional deaths.

One of those deaths is in Kane County, a woman in her 90s.

  • Cook County: 2 females 40s, 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 6 males 60s, 6 females 70s, 6 males 70s, 6 female 80s, 5 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 3 males 90s, 1 female 100+
  • DuPage County: 2 males 70s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Effingham County: 1 male 60s
  • Kane County: 1 female 90s
  • Kankakee County: 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 80s, 2 male 90s
  • Rock Island County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 70s
  • Will County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s

Hancock, Pulaski, and Schuyler counties are now reporting a case.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 16,422 cases, including 528 deaths, in 81 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

For all personal protective equipment donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

3:25PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

1,524 Confirmed Cases, 82 Deaths in 24 Hours

IDPH graphic shows the recent increases in the numbers of deaths statewide attributed to COVID-19.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,529 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 82 additional deaths.

The number of new cases and death totals are, once again, the highest 24-hour totals recorded to date.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of Illinois public health, said today that the good news is the numbers are no longer growing exponentially.

Projections from covid19.healthdata.org indicate the number of COVID-19 deaths in Illinois will peak on April 12. The projected number of deaths on that date has been downsized from more than 200 (as of Monday morning) to 91, as of 3:24 p.m. today.

It’s important to note that the number of deaths reported for Kane County by the IDPH might not be the same as those posted on the Kane County Health Department dashboard. The KCHD dashboard is updated daily at 5 p.m.

The number of deaths reported by the IDPH also will be different from those reported weekly by the Kane County coroner, who tabulates deaths that take place in Kane County rather than the number of Kane County residents who died. (See the Monday, April 6, post in the COVID-19 KANE COUNTY landing page for the most recent report from the coroner.)

Here are the deaths reported today by the IDPH:

  • Boone County: 1 female 80s
  • Cook County: 1 male 30s, 4 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 8 males 50s, 2 females 60s, 7 males 60s, 12 females 70s, 7 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 10 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 2 males 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s,
  • Kane County: 1 male 60s
  • Lake County: 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Macon County: 1 male 80s
  • Madison County: 1 female 60s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 70s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 70s
  • Tazewell County: 1 female 80s
  • Will County: 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s

Stark county is now reporting a case.  Presently, IDPH is reporting a total of 15,078 cases, including 462 deaths, in 78 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

2:30PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

Chicago Orders Curfew For Liquor Stores

Chicago officials today (Wednesday, April 8, 2020) announced a temporary Public Health Order prohibiting all liquor sales citywide after 9 p.m. each evening as part of the latest measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Chicago’s communities.

The new measure, effective Thursday, April 9, is designed to help prevent congregate activity that has been observed across the city near stores that sell alcohol, particularly during evening hours.

This measure builds on ongoing enforcement measures by Chicago Police Department to ensure businesses are compliant with the latest public health measures to keep residents safe. Recent enforcement measures have led to 21 citations issued for up to $120,000 in fines for eight businesses violating the statewide mandate.

“Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we have taken every possible step to keep our residents safe, and today’s order builds on that effort by further ensuring residents stay at home and therefore, save lives,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “Our business owners understand that public safety and public health is more important than profit and I want to thank them for not only their patience during this time but most importantly, their cooperation and partnership to keep our residents safe.”

Since the Stay at Home order went into effect, CPD has given 2,033 dispersal orders in response to large gatherings of residents and has issued 11 citations for up to $5,500 in fines to individuals not adhering to dispersal orders and violating the Stay at Home Order.

This new Public Health Order will give CPD and BACP enforcement authority to further curb non-compliance, with potential penalties for liquor sales after 9 p.m. including $500 fine, arrest and revocation of liquor and other licenses. Earlier this week, CPD joined liquor stores on the West Side that agreed voluntarily to close early to encourage people to stay home.

“Nothing is more important than making sure Chicago families are safe and healthy,” said CPD Interim Superintendent Charlie Beck. “Liquor stores across the city have already partnered with us to adjust hours and today’s order will allow us to expand citywide to further protect Chicagoans from the spread of Covid-19.”

Effective March 21, 2020, and recently extended to last through the end of April, Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order mandates that only essential businesses, such as grocery stores, banks and laundromats, continue operating.

Furthermore, the order creates social distancing guidelines that essential businesses are required to follow while in operation. Details on the Stay at Home Order, including which businesses are considered essential, can be found at www.chicago.gov/coronavirus.

3:30PM TUESDAY, APRIL 7

State Sees Highest Single-Day Death Toll

This could be a recurring headline in the next few days: the state of Illinois reporting its highest single-day death toll and number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

State officials on Tuesday (April 7, 2020) announced 1,287 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 73 additional deaths.

To date, IDPH is reporting a total of 13,549 cases, including 380 deaths, in 77 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

The deaths reported Tuesday include three in Kane County. Some of those were reported by the Kane County Coroner’s Office on Monday. The Coroner’s Office also counts those people who died in Kane County but lived in other counties.

Here is a look at the county locations, genders and ages of the deceased reported Tuesday by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

  • Champaign County: 1 male 80s
  • Christian County: 1 female 80s
  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2 males 30s, 3 females 40s, 2 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 2 females 60s, 4 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 5 males 70s, 1 unknown, 8 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 1 male 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s
  • Ford County: 1 male 80s
  • Kane County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 60s
  • Lake County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Madison County: 1 female 80s
  • McHenry County: 1 female 70s
  • Monroe County: 1 male 80s
  • Tazewell County: 1 male 80s
  • Will County: 1 female 50s, 2 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 3 females 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s
  • Winnebago County: 2 males 80s

Coles, Lawrence, Richland, and Shelby counties are now reporting cases.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

43% Recover in 7 Days

In Tuesday’s news conference, Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said the state has reached out to persons who tested positive for the coronavirus. About 40% of the people responded to the survey, which is considered a very good response rate.

Of those, 43% said they had recovered within seven days of seeing symptoms, Ezike said.

Additional details will be provide when available.

Member of Pritzker’s Team Tests Positive

Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday reported that a member of his staff has tested positive for COVID-19.

Pritzker said the staff members is at home and doing well, and the officers have been given a thorough cleaning.

Additional details will be provide when available.

3:30PM MONDAY, APRIL 6

State Reports 1,006 New Cases, 33 Additional Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 1,006 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 33 additional deaths.

  • Cook County: 1 male 30s, 2 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 5 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 5 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s
  • DeKalb County: 1 male 50s
  • Lake County: 2 males 80s
  • Will County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s

Jefferson and Wabash counties are now reporting cases.

To date, IDPH is reporting a total of 12,262 cases, including 307 deaths, in 73 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

3PM SUNDAY, APRIL 5

PALM SUNDAY UPDATE: 11,256 Cases, 274 Deaths

On Palm Sunday, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced that there have been 11,256 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 251 deaths so far during the emergency.

Six additional Kane County deaths were reported over the weekend. On Sunday, the state reported the deaths of a man in his 70s, and two women in their 80s. On Saturday, the state reported Kane County deaths of one man in his 60s and two females, one in her 60s, the other in her 70s.

CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE THE MOST RECENT DATA VIA THE KANE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DASHBOARD.

Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike

The total number of persons tested statewide is 58,983, according to the IDPH.

The IDPH today announced 899 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 31 additional deaths.

  • Cook County: 2 male 40’s, 3 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 male 60s, 2 female 70s, 2 male 70s, 4 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • DuPage County: 3 female 70s, 1 female 80s
  • Kane County: 1 male 70s, 2 female 80s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 60s
  • Montgomery: 1 male 50s
  • Peoria: 1 male 90s
  • Will: 1 male 60s

On Saturday, the IDPH reported 1,453 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 33 additional deaths.

  • Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 2 males 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 3 females 70s, 6 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 100+
  • Jackson County: 1 female 90s
  • Kane County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s
  • Kankakee County: 1 male 70s
  • Lake County: 1 female 80s
  • Will County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 11,256 cases, including 274 deaths, in 71 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

4PM FRIDAY, APRIL 3

“I was flooded with an overwhelming sense of pride and patriotism,” Gov. JB Pritzker said in his opening remarks. “This is Illinois.”

What was different than past daily messages was the venue. State officials and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot made their 2:30 p.m. news conference from McCormick Place, a field hospital under rehab by the Army Corp of Engineers, construction professionals and medical equipment providers.

“This is a phenomenal amount of work,” Lightfoot said.

IDPH: 1,209 New Cases, 53 Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,209 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 53 additional deaths.

  • Christian County: 1 female 80s
  • Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 50s, 4 male 50s, 4 females 60s, 6 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 2 females 70s, 6 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 4 females 90s, 1 female 100s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s
  • Kane County: 1 female 90s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 40s, 2 female 60s, 4 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Will County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

DeWitt, Effingham, and Jersey counties are now reporting cases. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 8,904 cases, including 210 deaths, in 64 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

For all personal protective equipment donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

First Completed Phase of McCormick Place Alternate Care Facility

State and Chicago officials announced the completion of the first phase of work to transform the McCormick Place Campus into a new Alternate Care Facility for COVID-19 patients. The facility is constructed to serve COVID-19 patients who do not require intensive care, to expand existing capacity in Chicago’s health care system.

Phase One of the project provided 500 10-by-10-foot patient rooms furnished with beds and basic healthcare items, 14 nursing stations and fully built out support rooms for medical supply storage, pharmacy and housekeeping services.

Medical personnel are already prepared to staff these first 500 beds, with nearly 140 contracted individuals and counting from around Illinois and the nation. By the end of April, the full site will bring an additional 3,000 patient rooms online. Hundreds more health care professionals will be added as the facility takes shape.

3:15PM THURSDAY, APRIL 2

Chicago Police Officer Dies; 16 Deaths Reported Thursday

 

A Chicago police officer is among the Illinoisans who have died from complications related to the coronavirus.

It appears that 21-year police veteran Marco Di Franco was not among the 16 new deaths reported by the IDPH today. Di Franco was 50 years old, but none of the COVID-19 victims in today’s IDPH report was a male in his 50s.

Di Franco was a member of CPD’s narcotics team. He leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 7 and 10, according to WGN.

The IDPH on Thursday reported 715 new cases of coronavirus disease — fewer than yesterday’s high of 986 new cases.

The list of COVID-19 deaths includes:

  • Christian County: 1 male 80s
  • Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 2 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 4 male 70s, 1 male 80s
  • DuPage County: 1 female 80s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 60s
  • Whiteside County: 1 female 90s

IDPH is reporting a total of 7,695 cases, including 157 deaths, in 61 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than 1 to older than 100 years.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

3:15PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

Public Health Officials Announce 986 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 986 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 42 additional deaths.

  • Carroll County: 1 male 80s
  • Cook County: 1 male 20s, 2 males 30s, 2 males 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 50s, 3 males 60s, 2 females 60s, 5 males 70s, 3 females 70s, 3 male 80s, 4 females 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 female 100s. (5 incomplete data)
  • DuPage County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s
  • Kane County: 1 female 90s
  • Lake County: 1 male 50s
  • Sangamon County: 1 male 90s
  • Will County: 1 male 60s
  • Winnebago County: 1 male 60s

 

Massac and Vermilion counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 6,980 cases, including 141 deaths, in 56 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

*All data is provisional and will change.

3PM TUESDAY, MARCH 31

Gov Extends Stay At Home Order To End of April

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker today extended the state’s stay-at-home order through the end of April.

The extension of the Stay at Home order will continue to permit a range of essential activities that will allow Illinoisans to meet their necessities while maintaining social distance from others. Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies and other businesses providing services deemed essential will not close.

Staying at home and social distancing are the paramount strategies for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Every Illinoisan plays a role in ensuring our health care system remains fully operational to treat patients in need of urgent care.

As of March 30, preliminary reports from hospitals statewide show that 41 percent of our adult ICU beds are “empty”, which means they are staffed and ready for immediate patient use, a 2-percentage-point decrease in a week. As far as ventilators, 68% are available statewide across Illinois, a four-percentage point drop in a week.

Statewide, about 35 percent of our total ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients and about 24 percent of our total ventilators are occupied by COVID patients. The state remains within its capacity, and is working every day to increase its capacity to prepare for an anticipated surge in hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in the coming weeks.

Those experiencing symptoms should call a health care provider who will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure. The Illinois Department of Public Health has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.

Deaths Close in on 100; Infant’s Death Still Under Investigation

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 937 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 26 additional deaths.

Health officials are talking with the family to discuss the entire medical history of the infant who died. The investigation is ongoing, Dr. IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.

The infant was 9 months old and from Cook County, according to reports.

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell reported the seventh Kane County death in his report yesterday.

These are the deaths reported today by IDPH:

  • Cook County: 2 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 female 60s, 5 males 70s, 2 females 70s, 3 male 80s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • DuPage County: 2 females 70s
  • Kane County: 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 1 female 60s
  • McLean County: 1 male 70s
  • Morgan County: 1 male 80s
  • St. Clair County: 1 female 30s
  • Will County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 80

Ford and Ogle counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 5,994 cases, including 99 deaths, in 54 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

10:30AM TUESDAY, MARCH 31

Chicago Opens Hotel Rooms To First Responders

Saying that “we are at a critical time” in the battle against COVID-19, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced this morning that Chicago will be providing hotel rooms for first responders.

“This is a surge we know is coming,” Lightfoot said. “We need to do everything we can to relieve the pressure.”

8AM TUESDAY, MARCH 31

Former Elgin Hospital Site Will Serve as Field Hospital

3PM MONDAY, MARCH 30

Number of Cases Passes 5,000 Statewide, 72 Total Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 461 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois.  Seven new deaths are also being reported, including the death of an incarcerated man from Stateville Correctional Center.

  • Cook County: male 50s, male 60s, female 60s, female 70s
  • DuPage County: male 60s
  • Kendal County: female 60s
  • Will County: male 50s, male 60s

Additionally, 12 men who were incarcerated at Stateville are now hospitalized, including several requiring ventilators. There are 77 more incarcerated individuals with symptoms who are isolated at the facility. Eleven staff are also being isolated.

The Illinois Department of Corrections is taking a number of steps to control the spread of COVID-19 in its correctional centers. Staff who work with individuals in isolation and quarantine, as well as in the health center, are wearing full personal protective equipment  and all staff are wearing some PPE. Staff are also having their temperature checked daily as they enter the facility.

Correctional centers with a confirmed case are placed on lockdown, which means there is no movement around the facility except for medical care.  Incarcerated individuals who show symptoms are being tested.

Clark, Crawford, Marion, Randolph, and Saline counties are now reporting cases. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 5,057 cases, including 73 deaths, in 52 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.  Medically trained professionals able to volunteer are asked to sign up at www.illinoishelps.net.

McCormick Place Beds Will Be Used For Non-Acute COVID Cases

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. JB Pritzker today announced that McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago will be used to add capacity of hundreds of beds and COVID-19 bed capacity will be added at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin if needed during the COVID-19 emergency.

The additional capacity at McCormick Place will build on efforts taken by the state and city to aid in the response to COVID-19 related cases by relieving pressure on the hospital system by freeing up beds for more patients with severe COVID-19 cases in anticipation of the surge in positive COVID-19 diagnoses to come.

The state and city are working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA to build the temporary healthcare setting at McCormick Place to serve patients with low to mild acuity, but may still need medical attention prior to returning to their place of residence.

Over the next several weeks, the McCormick Place campus will be transformed into an alternative medical facility treating those with COVID-19. The buildout will take place in phases, with up to 500 beds expected to be assembled by the end of this week.

Thirty Airmen from the Illinois National Guard were activated to assist with the general labor associated with the project. The buildout of the facility will be supported by $15 million in federal funding from FEMA to support the Army Corps’ construction plan.

Officials said they are anticipating a surge in hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in the coming weeks based on the newest data and trends seen in other large cities. In Illinois and across the country, cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, placing additional stress on local healthcare facilities. The space at McCormick will transition back into its original use when additional medical care facilities are no longer needed.

Additionally, the state and city are working to create temporary bed capacity at MetroSouth Hospital in Blue Island and the state is working to create temporary COVID-19 bed capacity at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

3:23PM SUNDAY, MARCH 29

31 Deaths, Including 1 Infant Over Weekend

An infant is among the 31 COVID-19-related deaths reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health over the weekend.

The infant was 9 months old and from Cook County, according to reports.

“There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant. A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us.”

The death toll in Kane County is now at six, with four deaths reported over the weekend. See the COVID-19 KANE COUNTY landing page for additional information.

As testing increases so do the number of confirmed cases reported by the IDPH.

Over the weekend, the IDPH reported 465 new cases on Saturday and 1,105 new cases on Sunday. The death totals were 13 reported Saturday and 18 additional deaths on Sunday.

On Sunday, Gov. JB Pritzker also announced the expansion of testing in Illinois, including the addition of testing sites and a test created at Argonne that has promise. This article will be updated later this afternoon.

Sunday Totals From The IDPH

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Sunday announced 1,105 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 18 additional deaths.

  • Cook County: male 50s, 2 females 60s, 2 males 70s, 3 females 70s, 2 males 80s, female 80s
  • DuPage County: male 60s
  • Kane County: male 40s, 2 males 90s
  • Kendal County: male 60s
  • LaSalle County: male 80s
  • St. Clair County: female 70s

Saturday Totals From The IDPH

On Saturday, IDPH reported 465 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 13 new deaths.

  • Cook County: infant, 2 males 60s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 70s, female 80s, male 80s
  • McHenry County: male 50s
  • Kane County: 2 males 70s
  • Lake County: female 90s
  • Will County: female 90s

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

State Ups Testing

Illinois will soon more than double the number of COVID-19 tests it can administer each day as the number of cases in the state surged.

Pritzker said Sunday that the state will increase its testing capacity from 4,000 a day currently to 10,000 within days.

He said the state is adding more workers to its labs and technology to make the increase.

The Illinois EPA announced Saturday that Medline Industries, Inc. in Waukegan has successfully completed the required compliance testing pursuant to P.A. 101-22, also known as the Matt Haller Act, and an Illinois EPA construction permit.

The testing regime included the facility’s negative pressure system, continuous emissions monitoring system, and stack emissions. The testing was conducted by a third-party contractor, and Illinois EPA was on-site to monitor and ensure that all testing was conducted according to all applicable standards.

3:05PM FRIDAY, MARCH 27

The state is reporting eight new deaths today, including one from Kane County.

The total number of cases statewide is 3,026 —an increase of 488. The total number of positive cases in Kane County is 75.

The state has created at new website where healthcare providers and anyone in the medical profession can sign in for access during an emergency situation, Gov. JB Pritzker announced at this afternoon’s news conference.

The state received another shipment of masks and personal protective equipment.

IDPH Daily Report

About 86% of fatalities are among patients 60 years of age and older.

Bureau, Henry, and Iroquois counties are now reporting cases.

Presently, IDPH is reporting a total of 3,026 cases, including 34 deaths, in 40 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

Confirmed Cases by Race

  • White – 39%
  • Black – 28%
  • Left blank – 20%
  • Other – 9%
  • Asian – 4%

Confirmed Cases by Ethnicity

  • Not Hispanic or Latino – 60%
  • Left blank – 33%
  • Hispanic or Latino – 7%

For all personal protective equipment donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

3:30PM THURSDAY, MARCH 26

673 New Cases, 7 New Deaths Reported Today

Dr. Ngozi Ezike said at today’s news conference that there are 673 new cases and seven new deaths due to COVID-19.

That brings the state totals to 2,538 cases and 26 deaths.

The seven new deaths include a man in his 50s, two men and two women in their 60s, a man in his 70s, and a woman in her 90s. About 87% of fatalities are among patient 60 years of age and older.

Franklin and Tazewell counties are now reporting cases.

Confirmed Cases by Race

  • White – 40%
  • Black – 28%
  • Other – 9%
  • Asian – 4%
  • Left blank – 19%

Confirmed Cases by Ethnicity

  • Hispanic or Latino – 7%
  • Not Hispanic or Latino – 61%
  • Left blank – 32%

For all personal protective equipment donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

State, Non-Profits Launch Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

The state of Illinois joined the United Way of Illinois and the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations today to announce the launch of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, a new statewide fundraising effort to support nonprofit organizations serving those whose lives have been upended by this pandemic.

Working with other local response efforts that have been created in recent days, the ICRF will focus on filling Illinois residents’ most basic needs, including:

  • Emergency food and basic supplies
  • Interim housing and shelter
  • Primary health care services
  • Utility and financial assistance
  • Supports for children and other vulnerable populations
  • Nonprofit safety and operations assistance

More information can be found at www.ilcovidresponsefund.org.

1:50PM THURSDAY, MARCH 26

11:45AM THURSDAY, MARCH 26

Tribune Reports 110,000 Illinoisans Applied for Unemployment

During a year when we’ve seen one headline after the next talking about record unemployment, the numbers coming in this week are eye-popping.

Nearly 115,000 Illinoisans applied for unemployment benefits last week, the Chicago Tribune reports.

4PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

330 New Cases, 3 New Deaths Include Kane County Man

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 330 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including three deaths; a Kane County man in his 90s, a Cook County man in his 60s, and a Will County woman in her 50s.

Douglas, Marshall, and Morgan counties are now reporting cases. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,865 cases in 35 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

Two correctional officers and one man incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center have tested positive as well as a contractual worker at Sheridan Correctional Center.

The two Stateville correctional officers are recovering at home and the individual who is incarcerated is isolated and recovering in the hospital. Those who have been identified as being potentially exposed are being quarantined and the facility is on a 14-day lockdown.

After consulting with IDPH, the Department of Corrections determined staff and men incarcerated at the Sheridan facility were at low to medium risk for potential exposure. The facility also was placed on a 14-day lockdown.

For updates on IDOC’s response to COVID-19,visit https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/facilities/Pages/Covid19Response.aspx

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Gov Announces More Help For Businesses

Gov. JB Pritzker announced today that Illinois’ Tax Day officially has been moved to July 15, in concert with the new deadline date for the federal government.

The governor also announced additional help for businesses.

INCOME TAX FILING & PAYMENT EXTENSION

The state is extending the income tax filing and payment deadline by three months, from April 15 to July 15. The Department of Revenue will continue to process tax refunds for those filing ahead of the new deadline.

According to IDOR, 3.4 million Illinoisans have already filed their income taxes to date, over 72% of whom are expecting a refund this year. Last year, 6.2 million income tax returns were filed, and 88% of taxpayers filed electronically.

The fastest, most secure way to receive a refund is to file tax returns electronically and request a direct deposit into a checking or savings account. Taxpayers who have already filed a return can check the status of their return by using the Where’s My Refund? link located at www.MyTax.Illinois.Gov.

MORE THAN $90 MILLION IN EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

The state is offering a new package of emergency assistance programs for small businesses in need of additional capital, totaling more than $90 million. Illinois businesses will be able to apply to these programs on the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website.

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

This $60 million fund will support low-interest loans of up to $50,000 for small businesses in every industry outside of Chicago.

Applications will be available on DCEO’s website by Friday, March 27.

Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

This new $20 million program supports small businesses in suburban and rural counties across Illinois, providing grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses in communities served by DCEO’s Office of Community Development.

These grants will offer businesses of up to 50 employees the opportunity to partner with their local governments to obtain grants of up to $25,000 in working capital. The program redeploys Community Development Block Grant funds to support local small businesses.

Applications will be available on DCEO’s website by Friday, March 27. The grants will be offered on a rolling basis.

Hospitality Emergency Grant Program

This new $14 million grant program aims to help small hospitality businesses make ends meet, providing up to $25,000 to eligible bars and restaurants and up to $50,000 for eligible hotels.

These grants are available to support working capital – like payroll and rent – job training and technology to support shifts in operations, like increased pick-up and delivery.

Bars and restaurants that generated between $500,000 and $1 million in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $25,000, and bars and restaurants that generated less than $500,000 in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $10,000. Hotels that generated less than $8 million in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $50,000. The program repurposes job training and tourism promotion funds to provide this emergency grant assistance.

Applications are available today on DCEO’s website and are due by April 1 at 5 p.m. All valid, eligible applications received within the five-day window will be entered into a lottery, and grant winners will be notified on April 4.

1:45PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

Lightfoot Says Stop Crowding at Lakefront

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot went on TV today to tell Chicagoans to stop congregating at the lake shore and other outdoor places.

9:30AM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

Kane County is earning an A on the Social Distancing Scoreboard.

Unacast, a company that uses GPS technology to roughly measure whether people are actually heeding the advice of officials asking us to flatten the curve, is giving Kane County and the state of Illinois high marks.

Kane County Health Department Epidemiologist Louise Lie says it is vitally important for Kane County residents to obey the statewide “stay at home” order.

According to the World Health Organization and the CDC, social distancing is currently the most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The scores were determined by the change in average distance traveled compared with before the coronavirus outbreak. If residents are staying put aside from the occasional trip to the grocery store or pharmacy, the dip in travel would be apparent in the data.

6:40PM TUESDAY, MARCH 24

1st Kane COVID-19 Death Is In Aurora

The city of Aurora has confirmed, through the Kane County Health Department, the unfortunate first death due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

According to a city of Aurora news release, male in his 90s succumbed to COVID-19 complications yesterday after being diagnosed just two days prior.

“This is heartbreaking news for the family and for our community,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “We extended our condolences and prayers to his family during this time of bereavement.”

Aurora has three other positives cases, which were confirmed over the weekend, including a woman in her 20s, a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 50s. Confirmations are provided to the City by the local health departments and no further details are available for release.

“We’ve been preparing for the inevitable news that COVID-19 is here and spreading,” said Mayor Irvin. “This weekend brought us news of confirmed cases, including residents and one of our APD supervisors, and the sad passing of one of our senior citizens. This is real, and we must all continue to do our part to stop the spread.”

Confirmed cases and deaths in Illinois continue to grow each day, with the most recent report of 1,535 confirmed cases and 16 deaths in the state.

“These men and women represent families, communities and friendship groups,” said Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton. “Their lives mattered. Prayers of comfort to those that mourn that loss.”

The city of Aurora’s COVID-19 resource site is updated daily at www.aurora-il.org/health.

State Adds Drive-Thru Testing, Hospital Capacity

The state of Illinois today announced a “two-pronged” attack against the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it will add testing sites and is developing a plan to add hospital beds.

The Illinois National Guard opened the state’s first drive-through COVID-19 testing site on the northwest side of Chicago, adding 250 tests a day to the state’s capacity. The site is located at 6959 W. Forest Preserve Road in Chicago, opening at 9 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m. daily, unless testing capacity is met earlier in the day. More than 130 Illinois National Guardsmen are currently supporting the state’s response to COVID-19.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has opened three sites with their private partners throughout the Chicago suburbs – one in Cook County and two in Will County. Each has the capacity to run nearly a 100 tests a day, and up to 250 with expanded staffing. These testing sites are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Walmart: 137 East North Avenue, Northlake
  • Walmart: 2424 West Jefferson, Joliet
  • Walgreens: 695 West Boughton Road, Bolingbrook

All four of the mobile testing sites operate under U.S. HHS criteria which prioritizes health care workers and first responders. As availability allows, testing criteria may be expanded beyond this initial pilot program.

Hospital Capacity

Hospitals across the state are meeting the current need, and the state is building additional capacity to treat patients that may need care in the future.

As of March 23, data reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) showed 12,588 non-ICU beds, 1,106 ICU beds and 1,595 ventilators available in hospitals across the state. The current capacity of the state’s health care system as of is shown in the table below.

Non-ICU Beds

ICU Beds

Ventilators

In Use

13,437

1,488

634

Available

12,588

1,106

1,595

Total

26,025

2,594

2,229

% occupied

51.6%

57.4%

28.4%

Looking ahead, IDPH has put together projections for the hospital infrastructure needed to meet a surge of demand on the health care system if no protective measures were put in place — the worst-case scenario. Given that Gov. Pritzker has instituted a variety of mitigation and suppression methods over the last two weeks, the anticipated need will likely fall below these forecasts.

On March 30, IDPH projected that hospitals across the state would need an additional 2,511 non-ICU beds, 837 ICU beds and 419 ventilators compared to current capacity if the state took no action to combat the virus.

250 New Cases, 4 New Deaths; 1st DuPage Death

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 250 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including four deaths; a Chicago resident in his 50s, two Cook County residents both in their 60s, and a DuPage County resident in her 90s.

Grundy County is now reporting a case. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,535 cases in 32 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

For all personal protective equipment donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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5PM MONDAY, MARCH 23

State: 236 New Cases, 3 New Deaths in Cook

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 236 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including three deaths in Cook County; two men in their 80s and a man in his 90s.

There are 18 total confirmed cases in Kane County, according to the IDPH website.

Monroe is now also reporting a case. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,285 cases in 31 counties in Illinois.

The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years. Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

STATE PURCHASES MILLIONS OF UNITS OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Gov. JB Pritzker announced today that the state has executed contracts to purchase 2.5 million N95 masks, 1 million disposable surgical masks, 11,000 gloves and 10,000 personal protection kits.

While medical facilities across the state do have their own stocks of PPE and uses their own vendors to source additional PPE, the administration’s procurement effort aims to supplement their existing supply during this period of heightened need.

5PM SUNDAY, MARCH 22

Public Health Officials Announce 296 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease on Sunday

The Illinois Department of Public Health today (Sunday, March 22) announced 296 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including an infant. IDPH also announced three deaths.

The deaths included a Cook County man in his 80s, a Chicago man in his 80s, and a McLean County woman in her 70s.

Jo Daviess, Livingston, Rock Island, and Stephenson counties are now also reporting cases. Presently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,049 cases in 30 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.

Health officials are still learning about this new virus and information and guidance is rapidly evolving. At this time, it is still unknown if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In these cases, which are a small number, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.

The IDPH reported 168 new cases on Saturday, bringing the weekend total to 464.

Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

For donations, email PPE.donations@illinois.gov.  For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

UPDATED 8:15PM FRIDAY, MARCH 20

Gov. JB Pritzker today announced a “stay at home” order.

Like other states, the order will mean residents can still go to the grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and make pharmacy runs. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic, as well.

The statewide stay at home order aims to keep new cases of COVID-19 from rapidly increasing and ensure the state’s health care system remains fully operational to treat patients in need of urgent care.

The order takes effect 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020. In addition to the stay at home provisions, it orders all local government units across the state to halt all evictions and bans gatherings of more than 10 people.

“W“I fully recognize that in some cases I am choosing between saving people’s lives and saving their livelihoods,” Pritzker said. “But ultimately, you can’t have a livelihood without a life.”

THE SCIENCE

The governor says he has consulted with medical experts, epidemiologists, mathematicians and modelers and looked closely at the trajectory of coronavirus in countries like Italy and China.

“It is clear that left unchecked, cases in Illinois will rise rapidly and mirror the consequences experienced by other countries,” the state news release said. “Hospital systems would be overwhelmed, protective equipment would become scarce, and there would not be enough health care workers, hospital beds, or ventilators for the influx of sick patients.”

STAY AT HOME ORDER

All first responders, emergency management personnel, law enforcement personnel, health care workers and others working to support Essential Businesses and Essential Government Functions like grocery stores and pharmacies are exempt from this stay at home order.

The governor’s action today formalizes his calls this week for Illinoisans to stay home as much as possible, aside from meeting their basic needs. In that regard, the stay at home order permits a range of activities that will allow Illinoisans to get their necessities while maintaining social distance from others, which include but are not limited to:

Essential Activities:

  • For health and safety: seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication or visiting a health care professional
  • For necessary supplies and services: obtaining groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies they need to work from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences
  • For outdoor activity: walking, hiking, running or biking – including going to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas, except for playgrounds
  • For certain types of work: Providing essential products and services at Essential Businesses or Operations or otherwise carrying out activities specifically permitted in the order, including Minimum Basic Operations
  • To take care of others: Caring for or transporting a family member, friend or pet in another household

Essential Government Functions:

  • All services provided by state and local governments needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public
  • This Executive Order does not apply to the United States government

Essential Businesses and Operations:

• Healthcare and Public Health Operations: Working at or obtaining services from hospitals; clinics; dental offices; pharmacies; public health entities; healthcare manufacturers and suppliers; blood banks; medical cannabis facilities; reproductive health care providers; eye care centers; home healthcare services providers; mental health and substance use providers; ancillary healthcare services — including veterinary care and excluding fitness and exercise gyms, spas, salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, and similar facilities
• Human Services Operations: any provider funded by DHS, DCFS or Medicaid; long-term care facilities; home-based and residential settings for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with disabilities or mental illness; transitional facilities; field offices for food, cash assistance, medical coverage, child care, vocational services or rehabilitation services; developmental centers; adoption agencies; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services and other necessities of life for needy individuals — excluding day care centers, day care homes, group day care homes and day care centers licensed as specified in Section 12(s) of the order
• Essential Infrastructure: Working in food production, distribution and sale; construction; building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical; distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video, and telecommunications systems
• Stores that sell groceries and medicine
• Food, beverage and cannabis production and agriculture
• Organizations that provide charitable and social services
• Media
• Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
• Financial institutions
• Hardware and supply stores

• Critical trades, includingplumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers that maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations
• Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
• Educational institutions, for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions
• Laundry services
• Restaurants for consumption off-premises
• Supplies to work from home
• Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
• Transportation, for purposes of Essential Travel
• Home-based care and services
• Residential facilities and shelters
• Professional services
• Day care centers for employees exempted by this Executive Order
• Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
• Critical labor union functions

• Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services
• Funeral services

All non-essential business and operations must cease, aside from Minimum Basic Operations. Business can continue with employees working from home. Minimum Basic Operations includes the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of inventory, preserve plant and equipment condition, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits and facilitate employees working remotely.

The order also closes licensed child care centers and all childcare homes serving more than six children. The Pritzker administration is working to expand the availability of child care for essential workers, while protecting the health of the children and child care teachers and home providers. A new Emergency Child Care Center license is being created with more flexibility but much smaller group sizes to ensure social distancing for children in care.

Only essential travel is permitted at this time and must be done in accordance with social distancing requirements. That includes travel related to:

  • Performing Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses and Operations or Minimum Basic Operations
  • Caring for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities or other vulnerable persons
  • Receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services from an educational institution
  • Returning to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction
  • Following the direction of law enforcement or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement
  • Returning to a place of residence outside the State for non-residents

In addition to halting evictions statewide, the Governor is directing additional resources to organizations across the state to serve those experiencing homelessness.

For those whose residence is or becomes an unsafe place, please call the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-877-863-6338.

Finally, the Governor encourages Illinoisans to come together during this time of crisis and reminds the public that this is not a virus tied to a specific ethnic group or race. Suggesting otherwise – or engaging in acts of racism against a specific community – runs counter to our values.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE SICK

Every Illinoisan plays a role in ensuring our health care system remains fully operational to treat patients in need of urgent care.

If you are experiencing symptoms of any illness, including COVID-19, the first thing you should do is:

Call a health care provider, like your primary care physician or a health clinic. But please, do not walk directly into an emergency room or a doctor’s office.

A health care provider will ask about your symptoms and potential exposures. If they think you need medical care, they will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure.

If you meet certain criteria, you may be tested for COVID-19, but as testing expands, those with severe illness and those at higher risk of complications are being prioritized.

People whose symptoms are mild — which will be most people — will be able to isolate at home during their illness, and they should follow the directives of their health care providers.

For health-related inquiries, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health by calling 1-800-889-3931 or visiting IDPH.illinois.gov.

IDPH: 163 New Cases, 1 New Death in Cook County Friday

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 163 new cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including the death of a Cook County woman in her 70s. Three additional counties are now reporting cases; Adams, Christian, and McLean counties.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 585 cases in 25 counties in Illinois.  Cases have occurred in ages 3 to 99. Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

As the number of COVID-19 cases being reported continues to rise significantly each day, the State of Illinois is working to increase testing capacity by working with Illinois hospitals to implement testing within their facilities.

Additionally, the State is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens to set up drive-thru testing sites in the hardest hit areas of the state.

These facilities will focus on senior citizens, first responders, and health care workers.

Hospital capacity is another area we are focusing on by identifying resources and ways to increase our bed capacity in Illinois to treat those who contract the novel coronavirus.

The state has been working with other jurisdictions and businesses to re-open recently closed hospitals.

IDPH is currently doing assessments at four hospitals in Illinois to determine the current condition of the facility, medical resources available, staffing levels, and what else is needed to open these facilities in order to provide medical care for individuals with COVID-19.

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UPDATED 8:30AM FRIDAY, MARCH 20

Here’s a quick AM update as we head into Friday.

  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot stopped short of issuing a “shelter in place” order, but she did ask people with COVID-19 symptoms — cough, fever, body aches, or a sore throat — to stay home.
  • A shelter-in-place order is now in effect in Oak Park, a move that perhaps foreshadows the stringent rules the entire state of Illinois.
  • Metra announced new schedules, starting Monday. The alternate schedules can be viewed here.

The state’s daily updates usually take place around 2:30 p.m., so tune in this afternoon for that info.

UPDATED 15:50PM THURSDAY, MARCH 19

Gov. JB Pritzker announced three new deaths at the state’s daily COVID-19 news conference.

According to the state’s interactive map (screenshot above), there are now six confirmed cases in Kane County. There are now 422 cases in Illinois in 22 counties.

Cases have occurred in people ages 9 to 99, officials said. Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments who will have the most up-to-date information.

The number of COVID-19 cases being reported is rising quickly, partly because of the increase in testing by commercial and hospital laboratories.

Because testing is becoming more available in these labs, IDPH will prioritize testing for our most vulnerable populations, such as those who work or live in nursing homes and other congregate facilities. Once a case in these locations is confirmed, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, testing of all residents and staff without symptoms is not recommended.

Pritzker announced a series of new measures to relieve pressure on small businesses, increase safe opportunities for vulnerable populations to purchase essentials and expand health care services for patients and providers.

SALES TAX DEFERRAL, LOANS FOR BARS AND RESTAURANTS

The Department of Revenue will defer sales tax payments for more than 24,000 small- and medium-sized bars and restaurants — accounting for nearly 80% of all such entities statewide.

Under the directive, eating and drinking establishments that incurred less than $75,000 in sales tax liabilities last year will not be charged penalties or interest on payments due in March, April or May made late. The Department of Revenue estimates this will give relief to nearly 80% of bars and restaurants in Illinois.

Penalties and interest will be automatically waived; however, qualified taxpayers must still file their sales tax return even if they are unable to make a payment.

Any taxpayers taking advantage of this relief will be required to pay their sales tax liabilities due in March, April and May in four installments starting on May 20 and extending through August 20. For more information, please view IDOR’s informational bulletin available at tax.illinois.gov.

SBA APPROVES SMALL BUSINESS LOANS IN ILLINOIS

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the state’s eligibility for disaster assistance loans for small businesses facing financial hardship in all 102 counties due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov

NEW GROCERY STORE HOURS FOR OLDER RESIDENTS

A growing coalition of grocery stores statewide will set aside one or more hours of operation for older residents to shop, before stores open to the general public.

Among the grocers with new hours for elderly shoppers are Whole Foods and Shop & Save in the Chicago area and Hy-Vee and Valli Produce throughout Illinois.

EXPANDING HEALTH CARE SERVICES

The state is implementing several measures to remove regulatory barriers for health providers and increase opportunity for patients as Illinoisans are urged to stay home as much as possible during this time.

Illinois has relaxed rules around telemedicine for both Medicaid and private insurers, allowing more providers to get reimbursed for these services that allow patients more flexibility and safety. For plans regulated by the Department of Insurance, the executive order calls for providers to be reimbursed at the same rate at which they are reimbursed for in-person visits and prohibits private health insurers from imposing any cost-sharing for in-network providers.

For Medicaid, the emergency rules also require providers to be reimbursed at the same rate at which they are reimbursed for in-person visits.

The Department of Healthcare and Family Services has filed an 1135 waiver with the federal government to remove administrative barriers for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The Pritzker administration is seeking to increase access to telehealth and the number of health care providers that can screen patients, allow 90-day prescription supplies without prior authorization and early refills, as well as several other items that will increase flexibility and provide additional resources.

The Department of Human Services has also filed a federal waiver to ease eligibility requirements for food assistance programs like SNAP and WIC, which cover 1.8 million Illinoisans and 174,000 pregnant women and parents of young children respectively.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES WILL REMAIN

Pritzker assured Illinoisans that essential services will always remain open, including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations.

ILLINOISANS: STAY HOME

Social distancing is the paramount strategy for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The Governor continues to make tough calls to keep Illinoisans safe, including mandating that events of 50 people or more be canceled, suspending dine-in operations of bars and restaurants and temporarily closing public and private K-12 schools. Public health officials continue to urge Illinoisans to stay home as much as possible.

Those experiencing symptoms should call a health care provider who will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.

UPDATED 2:02PM THURSDAY, MARCH 19

Department of Human Services Closes Until April

Today, the Illinois Department of Human Services announces that all Division of Rehabilitation Services’ (DRS) Offices will close until early April and all Family Community Resource Centers (will remain open with reduced staff to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus situation.

While there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus among IDHS employees, out of an abundance of caution, starting today, IDHS is taking action regarding 45 DRS’ offices and 75 FCRCs. DRS’ offices are expected to reopen in early April, and FCRCs will have a reduced workforce of 30-50% staff working from the public-facing offices.

Many of the staff who are not working at the public-facing offices will be working remotely and still able to process important benefits.

DRS’ customers can reach their local offices through the regular office phone numbers that can be found on the IDHS Website Office Locator at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?module=12 or online at www.DRS.illinois.gov.

State Lifts Requirements for Licensees

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced measures to help professional licensees and education providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The department has issued a series of variances that provide relief from the provisions of certain Administrative Rules pertaining to license renewal terms and to continuing education requirements. The five Variances may be found here.

Any professional licenses issued by the department that have renewal dates between March 1, 2020 through and including July 31, 2020 are granted an automatic extension to renew to Sept. 30, 2020.

Director of the Division of Real Estate Mario Treto, Jr., said five state variances help alleviate some of the obstacles licensees face.

Under the measures, all massage therapy schools are permitted to offer on-line instruction for their lecture-based, non-hands-on courses and all cosmetology schools are permitted to teach online theory courses above the current 10% hour limitation for students who are graduating on or before July 31, 2020.

For a complete list of professions that are affected by this renewal extension, please click here.

SOURCE: state of Illinois news release

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UPDATED 8:15PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18

Kane Sees 4th Case

The state of Illinois reported Kane County’s fourth COVID-19 case today, according to the new interactive map offered by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

IDPH introduced the new map this afternoon.

Earlier in the day, IDPH announced 128 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois. Two additional counties are now reporting cases: Kendall and Madison counties.

As of March 18, there are four cases reported in Kane County. There have been 160 cases and one death in Illinois.

An additional 20 individuals at the long-term care facility in DuPage County experiencing an outbreak have tested positive, bringing the total to 42 (30 residents and 12 staff).

Presently, IDPH is reporting 288 cases in 17 counties in Illinois. Cases have occurred in ages 9 to 99. Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments that will have the most up to date information.

Social distancing measures everyone can take include:

  • Staying home as much as possible
  • If gatherings are necessary, limiting the number of people to 10
  • Calling to check on family, neighbors, and older adults instead of visiting
  • Checking with your provider about telehealth options

For information on actions you, your school, workplace, and community can take, please visit Steps to Stay Safe from COVID-19.  For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

New Web Resource: coronavirus.illinois.gov

The state today introduced a new website at coronavirus.illinois.gov.

In another effort to provide timely and accurate information to the public, Coronavirus.illinois.gov centralizes the breaking updates from state government, prevention and preparation tips, frequently asked questions and resources from public health experts.

  • News: The latest announcements from the Governor’s Office and state agencies on the evolving response to COVID-19.
  • Prevention: Tips to keep safe and healthy practices at home, in the office, in long term care facilities, in homeless shelters, around local neighborhoods and during day-to-day activities.
  • Preparation: How to take effective actions to plan for a situation where you may get sick, such as implementing family action plans, and what to do if you suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • FAQs: Answers to general questions on COVID-19 and more specific questions related to education and unemployment.
  • Resources: Guidance from experts at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and crucial information for both families and medical providers.
  • About Coronavirus: What is coronavirus? Instructions on what individuals can do to protect themselves and help prevent community spread.

ILLINOISANS: STAY HOME

Social distancing is the paramount strategy for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. The Governor continues to make tough calls to keep Illinoisans safe, including mandating that events of 50 people or more be canceled, suspending dine-in operations of bars and restaurants and temporarily closing public and private K-12 schools.

Public health officials continue to urge Illinoisans to stay home as much as possible.

Those experiencing symptoms should call a health care provider who will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.

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UPDATED 3:20PM TUESDAY, MARCH 17

SOURCE: State of Illinois news release

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first death of an Illinois resident who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  The individual was a Chicago resident in her 60s who tested positive earlier this month and had contact with a known COVID-19 case.

“I am deeply saddened by the news that we’ve dreaded since the earliest days of this outbreak: the first COVID-19 related death in Illinois,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “There are going to be moments during the next few weeks and months when this burden feels like it is more than we can bear‚ this is one of those moments, but we will get through this together.”

IDPH announced this past weekend the first resident in a long-term care in Illinois to test positive for COVID-19. Following aggressive testing at the facility, IDPH has now confirmed an additional 21 cases at the facility, 17 residents and four staff.

“In addition to the death we are sad to report today, we are also reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 in a long-term care facility,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Residents in nursing homes are our most vulnerable population and we are doing everything we can to protect them.  We may see cases in other long-term care facilities, which is why it is so important that we all do our part to reduce possible exposure in the community to those who go in and out of these facilities as they provide care to resident.”

Updated guidance for nursing homes:

  • Restrict all visitation except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end of life residents
  • Restrict all volunteers and non-essential health care personnel (e.g., barbers)
  • Cancel all group activities and communal dining
  • Implement active screening of residents and health care personnel for fever and respiratory symptoms

Additional guidance for long-term care facilities is on the IDPH website.

Currently, IDPH is reporting 160 cases in 15 counties in Illinois. Cases have occurred in ages 9 to 91. Cases by county can be found on the IDPH website, as well as a list of local health departments.

For information on actions you, your school, workplace, and community can take, please visit Steps to Stay Safe from COVID-19.  For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Kane County Declares Emergency

Click on the box above or here to read more on the Kane County Emergency Declaration.

UPDATE FROM 3:45PM MONDAY, MARCH 16

Kane County Health Department Director Barb Jeffers said Monday that Kane County has seen its third confirmed case of coronavirus.

Jeffers said the person is being treated in Chicago, but ultimately the case will be officially counted as originating in Kane County. No other information on that patient is available.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Public Health today (Monday, March 16) announced 12 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois. Two additional counties are now reporting cases, Peoria and Will counties.

Other locations with cases include Chicago and Champaign, Clinton, Cook, Cumberland, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Sangamon, St. Clair, Whiteside, Winnebago, and  Woodford counties.

“We know there is a lot of concern as the number of cases and locations increase,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “However, not everyone who has respiratory symptoms like cough and shortness of breath needs to be tested.  Similarly, not everyone who is infected with novel coronavirus needs medical treatment.  We want to make sure those at higher risk of severe illness are prioritized for testing and that they can receive the medical care they need.  We ask those who have mild symptoms to stay home so the health care system is not overwhelmed.”

Information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, state officials said.

However, older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions, like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness.

“It is crucial that we limit contact with older people and those with certain health conditions,” state officials said.

Currently, IDPH is reporting 105 cases in 15 counties in Illinois.  Cases have occurred in all age ranges and the number of cases that do not have a clear connection to travel or a known COVID-19 case is increasing.

Social distancing measures, such as working from home when possible, limiting the amount of time spent in the community, and trying to avoid public transportation as much as possible, will help reduce the number of people who become sick at any given time and the possibility of exhausting our health care resources.

For information about how you, your school, workplace, and community can prepare, please visit Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities.  For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

A list of local health departments can be found on the IDPH website.

Sunday, March 15, UPDATE

Gov. JB Pritzker announced around 3 p.m. Sunday (March 15, 2020) that the state will mandate the closing of all bars and restaurants starting Monday, March 16, and continuing through March 30, in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Restaurant drive-through and delivery will stay open, according to the Chicago Tribune and other media sources.

The govenor said that Tuesday’s primary election will move forward, but voters should expect to wait outside if there are crowds, in order to ensure social distancing.

The restaurant and bar closures will go into effect at the end of business Monday.

“This is another hard step to take. I know how difficult this will be on small businesses around the state,” Pritzker said. “But we must do everything we can to safeguard the health of the citizens of Illinois, and that requires this urgent action. The time for persuasion and public appeals is over — the time for action is here. This is not a joke. No one is immune to this, and you have an obligation to act in the best interests of all the people of this state.”

Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot said the state is working closely with restaurant owners and food delivery services to ensure kitchens can safely remain open to continue food delivery and put in place drive-through and curbside pickup options for restaurants to continue to serve the public.

Illinois Restaurant Association President Sam Toia said public safety is his organization’s No. 1 concern.

“We remain vigilant in helping employers to navigate the immediate challenges that come with this rapidly changing situation,” he said.

 State Will Reduce Government Workforce

The governor directed state agencies to implement plans for a temporary reduction of government functions and workforce while maintaining core functions and essential operations.

Select employees will continue to report to work; while the remaining workforce will either work remotely or be asked to remain home on call while receiving pay. All state employees will continue to be paid during this period.

Over the next several days, the Pritzker administration will finalize these plans and update state employees and the public. The Office of the Governor will remain fully operational throughout this period.

Social Distancing ‘Crucial’

Social distancing is the paramount strategy for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, the governor said.

Those experiencing symptoms should call a health care provider who will help arrange medical treatment without putting others at risk of exposure.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.

Kane County Connects Daily Updates

  • COVID-19 OVERVIEW — A roundup of national and international updates.
  • COVID-19 STATE — State of Illinois and Illlinois Department of Public Health updates. (Includes daily updates from Gov. JB Pritzker’s news conferences and Kane County COVID-19 alerts from the IDPH.)
  • COVID-19 KANE COUNTY — Kane County updates, including information from the Kane County Health Department, courts, Sheriff’s Office, and all units of county government.
  • COVID-19 COMMUNITIES — A roundup of information from municipalities, park districts, libraries, as well as local human interest stories.
  • COVID-19 SCHOOLS — Updates on school closings or openings, meals and online learning.
  • COVID-19 HOSPITALS / HEALTH CARE — Vital links to local hospital and health-care websites and additional trusted information on COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 BUSINESS / CONSUMERS / JOBS —Business news, what’s open and closed, where to find stuff you need,  updates from local chambers of commerce, job openings.
  • COVID-19 CONNECTIONS — Stories about people, good news, personal observations, photos, miscellaneous news, quirky and fun stuff related to the days of COVID in Kane.
  • COVID-19 HELP — How to find help and give help to others. Local resources, volunteer opportunities, donation sites and other local efforts to help people during the COVID-19 emergency.