/Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Friday

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Friday

Illinois faculties will stay closed by the tip of the educational yr, Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered Friday. Schools statewide, each private and non-private, have been closed since March 17 and college students will now end out the rest of the varsity yr with distant studying.

The announcement got here as Pritzker’s administration reported 1,842 new recognized circumstances of the brand new coronavirus. That’s the very best variety of new recognized circumstances reported in a 24-hour interval because the pandemic started. Officials additionally warned that the pandemic has but to peak in Illinois.

Here’s what’s happening on Friday with COVID-19 in the Chicago space and Illinois:

7:56 p.m.: Amid the coronavirus outbreak, 500 new Great Lakes Navy recruits will keep at Great Wolf Lodge for 2 weeks

Navy officers confirmed Friday evening that they’d take an uncommon step: Isolating about 500 new recruits headed to Naval Station Great Lakes for about two weeks at Great Wolf Lodge, a resort and indoor waterpark in close by Gurnee.

That’s the plan for the longer term sailors who report subsequent week, and Navy officers will “continue to evaluate the situation” after that, stated Lt. Cmdr. Frederick Martin, a Navy spokesman. A two-week keep at an indoor waterpark won’t match the favored picture of navy boot camp, however Martin stated the recruits won’t have entry to “resort-type amenities.” Read extra right here. —Dan Hinkel

7:55 p.m.: Sky heart Stefanie Dolson reveals she examined constructive for the coronavirus

Sky heart Stefanie Dolson revealed she examined constructive for the novel coronavirus throughout Friday evening’s broadcast of the WNBA draft on ESPN.

Dolson turns into the primary recognized Chicago skilled athlete and the second recognized WNBA participant to have contracted COVID-19. Read extra right here. —Phil Thompson

6:58 p.m.: eight extra deaths reported in DuPage County, highest single day but

Eight extra individuals with the coronavirus died in DuPage County, the very best whole in a single day, and half of them have been residents of long-term care services, officers reported Friday.

The county well being division additionally reported 87 new recognized circumstances, which raised the whole countywide to 1,560.

The newest victims to die included three males in their 80s who lived in long-term care services in Carol Stream, Elmhurst and Wheaton, and a girl in her 90s who lived in a long-term care facility in Lisle, in line with a information launch. Read extra right here. —Robert McCoppin

6:17 p.m.: Joliet mayor asks state to conduct investigation of Symphony nursing residence, which reported 23 COVID-related deaths

Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk on Friday known as for a full investigation into the COVID-19-related deaths of 22 sufferers and one employee at Symphony of Joliet nursing residence.

During a information convention, O’Dekirk stated he contacted the governor’s workplace Thursday to request the investigation after listening to what he described as “concerning stories” from Joliet paramedics who’ve responded to greater than 30 calls on the nursing residence in latest weeks.

“We don’t have the answers right now, but we’re going to get the answers,” O’Dekirk stated. “Certainly Joliet families and people who lost their loved ones inside the nursing home have a right to get those answers.”

O’Dekirk wouldn’t elaborate on what the primary responders informed him they’ve seen inside the power that induced concern, however stated he needs the Illinois Department of Public Health to research. Read extra right here. —Alicia Fabbre and Robert McCoppin

6:14 p.m.: Extension of the varsity shutdown is a blow to academics, mother and father and college students – particularly the category of 2020

Prom clothes had been picked out, commencement events had been deliberate – or at the very least, nonetheless hoped for.

But Friday’s announcement from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker that in-school instruction can be canceled by the tip of the educational yr made it clear that such occasions can be off or, at greatest, utterly altered.

It was powerful – if broadly anticipated – information to listen to, particularly for seniors who’re dealing with each the upheaval of long-standing end-of-high-school traditions in addition to huge uncertainty in regards to the future.

Read extra right here as college students, mother and father and academics react to the extension of the varsity shutdown. —

5:43 p.m.: Highland Park to require residents to put on face coverings whereas in public

People in Highland Park shall be required to put on face coverings, efficient Monday, when doing important actions throughout the coronavirus pandemic, in line with a brand new emergency order issued by the mayor.

With the requirement, Highland Park additionally joins a bunch of a number of villages and cities all through the northern suburbs, together with Skokie, Glenview and Niles, which have launched related emergency orders this week. Read extra right here. —James T. Norman

5:04 p.m.: Daily Southtown columnist shares his expertise as COVID-19 affected person

As information worsened a month in the past in regards to the coming virus, we vowed to be ready.

Just a day after becoming a member of the throngs at a packed IHSA playoff basketball sport to root on the group from my son’s faculty, we started planning for impending quarantine. We hit the shops for some necessities, together with a pork shoulder I might throw on the smoker and switch into a wide range of meals, feeding us deliciously for days if want be.

We picked up some seeds for the approaching rising season and a few crowlers of beer from the native brewery. I ordered a brand new ebook of tuba classes so I might enhance on the instrument I’d resumed enjoying after 25 years.

We can be severe about sheltering in place. And we might be ready.

But even throughout a pandemic, no one is ready to get sick.

Daily Southtown columnist Paul Eisenberg shares his expertise as a COVID-19 affected person at University of Chicago Medical Center: “I spent two nights in the pandemic wing of a city hospital during a global virus event, but I was one of the lucky ones.” Read extra right here.

four:53 p.m.: Lightfoot to hunt retroactive City Council approval for finances powers to cope with coronavirus pandemic

Mayor Lori Lightfoot will ask aldermen subsequent week to retroactively bless her government order that offers her further energy to spend metropolis cash and make modifications to the 2020 finances to cope with the COVID-19 disaster.

The mayor issued the order on March 17, creating a brand new part in town’s finances to consolidate coronavirus bills and giving her the power to maneuver cash round to cowl the prices which can be piling up as town tries to deal with the pandemic.

The order additionally permits town’s procurement division to “negotiate and execute contracts for emergency supplies and services” as much as $1 million, up from the $500,000 cap on such emergency contracts that’s normally in place.

With aldermen grumbling in regards to the transfer, Lightfoot will introduce an ordinance on to the Budget Committee on Tuesday, asking for the City Council’s approval of the extra powers. In a bid to quell dissent, Lightfoot additionally has agreed that her administration will give weekly updates to aldermen on the virus spending. Read extra right here. —John Byrne

four:46 p.m.: Anderson’s Bookshop had plans to shut La Grange location earlier than coronavirus shutdown, staff say

But some staff expressed frustration that homeowners didn’t talk on the fundraising submit their plans to shut the La Grange retailer in July, plans they stated have been informed to staff earlier than the state’s stay-at-home order shuttered the storefronts of all non-essential companies.

As of Thursday, the fundraiser had raised greater than $59,000 towards its $100,000 objective.

“Our three bookshops (Naperville, Downers Grove and La Grange), our Anderson’s Toyshop (Naperville) and our school bookfair division (Aurora) need assistance to support our hardworking employees, pay our rents, and allow us to serve you again once this crisis is over,” Anderson’s GoFundMe web page reads.

The staff say they have been informed March 13 that the La Grange retailer would shut July 31, the date when the lease time period ended. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order took impact March 21. Read extra right here. —Bob Chiarito

four:43 p.m.: Provident Hospital to reopen emergency room Monday after coronavirus reconfiguration

Provident Hospital on Chicago’s South Side will reopen its emergency room on Monday after shuttering it for 2 weeks to reconfigure the power to deal with sufferers in a time of COVID-19 social distancing, Cook County Health and Hospitals officers introduced Friday.

The announcement got here lower than an hour earlier than nurses have been set to talk out in regards to the non permanent closure throughout a shift change. The nurses’ response was organized by National Nurses United, a union.

Among the modifications made to the emergency room: new seating to fulfill social distancing pointers and put aside house for suspected COVID-19 sufferers; reconfigured nursing stations to fulfill the identical pointers; and designating triage, examination and isolation areas for COVID-19 sufferers.

Provident, a group hospital, and the a lot bigger regional Stroger Hospital are each run by the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. A plan to construct a brand new, $240 million Provident Hospital was placed on maintain final month after the ouster of Dr. Jay Shannon, the well being system’s former CEO. The remainder of Provident Hospital and a clinic on the location remained open throughout the renovations. —Hal Dardick

four:27 p.m.: Former Lake County jail inmate exams constructive for coronavirus two days after launch

Antonio Ellis of Des Plaines began feeling poorly on April eight.

He wakened that morning in his bunk on the Lake County jail with a headache and, when he stood up, his equilibrium was off. Concerned, he informed a correctional officer, who known as a nurse.

Ellis stated he continued to really feel sick by the rest of the week, along with his temperature at one level hitting 101.three levels, however the Lake County jail’s well being care supplier by no means examined Ellis for the novel coronavirus.

The Lake County jail has not examined any of its inmates for COVID-19, in line with Sgt. Christopher Covelli, the spokesman for the jail. He additionally confirmed Friday 28-year-old Des Plaines man, who was in the jail Feb. 27 to April 13, had been examined at a Cook County hospital and are available again with constructive outcomes. Read extra right here. —Emily Okay. Coleman

four:13 p.m.: Pharmacists push for coronavirus protections as they serve probably ailing prospects

For generations, Illinois pharmacists have stuffed prescriptions in pleasant, open-air settings with out nice worry that their regular give-and-take with prospects would make them sick. But the coronavirus has modified all that.

With sufferers lining up at drugstore counters in the center of a lethal pandemic, rank-and-file pharmacists have been urgent massive chains and pharmacy homeowners to offer protecting masks, gloves and sneeze guards to minimize the dangers. Read extra right here. —Ray Long

three:27 p.m.: McCormick Place will get its first COVID-19 sufferers

McCormick Place obtained its first COVID-19 sufferers this week as well being care professionals start making an attempt out the swiftly constructed medical heart.

Patients began arriving Tuesday afternoon, and 5 have been there Friday, officers stated.

“They are all people who have low-acuity COVID-19,” stated Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who famous that the pop-up hospital was not designed to deal with the sickest sufferers. “They will be there for as long as it will take for them to recover.” Read extra right here. —Hal Dardick and Gregory Pratt

2:51 p.m.: Pritzker formally proclaims in-person studying shall be suspended at faculties statewide

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday introduced in-person studying shall be suspended at faculties statewide by the tip of the present faculty yr to curb the unfold of the brand new coronavirus.

Schools statewide, each private and non-private, have been closed a full month, since March 17. Pritzker’s preliminary faculty closure order had an expiration date of March 30, which was then prolonged into April.

Pritzker’s statewide stay-at-home order is in impact till the tip of this month, however he has strongly hinted this week that the order shall be prolonged, with attainable modifications. The order took impact March 21, and has been prolonged as soon as thus far. Pritzker stated Thursday he deliberate to announce a choice in regards to the stay-at-home order throughout the subsequent week, as his administration introduced the most important variety of deaths the state has seen in a single day.

“Folks, I’ve said time and time again my decisions are hard ones, but they will follow the science and the science says our students can’t go back to their normal routine,” Pritzker stated. “Therefore I am suspending in-person learning in schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We know that there are many school districts with unique challenges, and we will work with them on any issues that may arise. I know that many have felt that this was inevitable. But trust me when I say this was not a decision I made lightly.”

The faculty closure announcement got here as Pritzker’s administration reported 1,842 new recognized circumstances of the brand new coronavirus statewide, together with 62 further deaths. That’s the very best variety of new recognized circumstances thus far.

That brings the whole of recognized circumstances statewide to 27,575 circumstances, together with 1,134 deaths, with 92 of the state’s 102 counties reporting recognized circumstances.

Pritzker will even waive a scholar educating requirement for educator candidates who’ve completed all different necessities wanted to change into licensed, and he has amended commencement necessities for highschool seniors, permitting them to graduate with out the usually required participation in shopper training and bodily health assessments. —Jamie Munks

2:42 p.m.: With federal funds depleted, Chicago-area small companies can get emergency loans domestically. But the method is sluggish.

Chicago-area small companies shut out by the depleted federal Paycheck Protection Program could look to town and state for emergency reduction throughout the coronavirus pandemic, however they shouldn’t count on a examine anytime quickly.

Established final month, the $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund has obtained greater than eight,000 functions, however has accepted solely 124 loans for about $four.7 million as of Friday, town stated.

“It is going to be a long process, we’re moving as quickly as we can,” stated Rosa Escareno, commissioner of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. “But we certainly understand that quick is just not quick enough for somebody who is really hurting right now.” Read extra right here. —Robert Channick

2:41 p.m.: Illinois National Guard activated for COVID-19 response at Park Forest developmental heart with greater than 100 circumstances

Members of the Illinois National Guard will quickly start performing temperature checks for workers on the state-run Elisabeth Ludeman Developmental Center to allow staff who had been conducting the checks to return to caring straight for residents, Illinois Department of Human Services spokeswoman Meghan Powers stated.

Powers didn’t instantly say what number of Guard members have been concerned in the trouble or once they would take over the temperature checks, that are carried out in the course of screening employees members for COVID-19 signs previous to their shifts. Read extra right here. —Zak Koeske

2:34 p.m.: Jenni Spinner, founding father of Chicago’s Bon Jovi singalong, simply misplaced her dad to the coronavirus

Al Spinner appreciated to tuck notes contained in the playing cards he despatched his youngsters for his or her birthdays and Christmas, not content material to let the greeting card firms do all of the speaking for him.

“When I look at you, here is what I see,” he wrote to his daughter, Jenni, at Christmas 2019. “A well-rounded, educated, sensible, intelligent, humorous, caring and concerned grownup particular person.”

When Jenni’s canine, Willie, was getting previous and struggling to leap onto the mattress at evening, Al Spinner constructed a set of stairs (carpeted, no much less), to ease Willie’s approach. He used the wooden from an previous cornhole set he’d constructed just a few years again.

“He beloved to work along with his fingers, and he beloved to do favors,” Jenni stated Friday.

Al Spinner died Thursday from COVID-19. He was 71. Read extra right here. —Heidi Stevens

1:16 p.m.: Pandemic pivot: How Chicago-area companies and employees are managing the coronavirus disaster

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Chicago-area firms and employees to face harsh realities about their paychecks and their place in the native economic system. The Tribune is reaching out to listen to, and share, their tales. Read extra right here.

1:11 p.m.: Layoffs, furloughs, pay cuts start as architects see constructing sluggish and worry worse is forward

As scores of architects have been laid off and compelled to search out make-due jobs throughout the 1992 actual property recession, a merciless joke made its approach round Chicago.

“How do you discover an architect?

Now, a dozen years after the Great Recession of 2008 put one other cohort of architects out of labor, the coronavirus pandemic is inserting a monetary squeeze on design corporations as some shoppers hit the pause button, income streams dry up, and financial storm clouds loom on the horizon.

As a outcome, it seems doubtless that extra architects will be a part of the 22 million Americans who’ve filed for unemployment in the final month on account of virus-related shutdowns. Read extra right here. —Blair Kamin

12:08 p.m.: ‘Outgunned, outmanned and underfunded’: Inside Roseland hospital’s battle towards the coronavirus

Inside the Roseland Community Hospital intensive care unit, nurse Subu Kirugulige suctions secretions from the mouth of a COVID-19 affected person, an unconscious middle-aged man who has been on a ventilator for a number of days.

A tv performs quietly in the background as Kirugulige goes about his work in the cramped room, a three-walled stall with a privateness curtain. The nurse by no means as soon as glances on the display, not even when a metropolis public well being official declares Chicago has begun to flatten the coronavirus curve.

But Kirugulige’s forehead — one of many few components of his head not coated by a masks or hair internet — furrows behind his massive face defend.

His 10-bed ICU has been at capability for weeks. At the second, there are 9 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 circumstances. Eight sufferers are on ventilators. Many of them have organs threatening to fail.

“And I’ve obtained three extra in the emergency room who’re ready for a mattress up right here,” Kirugulige says after leaving the affected person’s room. “I do know town has all the information, but it surely doesn’t really feel like something is flattening for us.” Read extra right here. —Stacy St. Clair

12:05 p.m.: Chicago alderman proposes advantages fund for important metropolis employees who die in a catastrophe, comparable to coronavirus pandemic

A Chicago alderman needs to create a fund to pay advantages to the households of metropolis employees who die as a result of they’re required to work throughout a catastrophe such because the COVID-19 pandemic.

Southwest Side Ald. Raymond Lopez, 15th, stated metropolis employees deemed important throughout a disaster ought to get advantages like police and firefighters who die in the road of responsibility. He plans to introduce an “Essential Municipal Employees’ Death Benefit Fund” ordinance at Wednesday’s City Council assembly.

Lopez, a critic of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, needs an preliminary $1 million cost into the fund. That would cowl an $eight,000 cost for the worker’s funeral bills, plus funds of between $20,000 and $40,000 to the surviving relations primarily based on what number of kids are in the family and whether or not one other mother or father remains to be alive.

Families can be eligible for advantages if a member of the family who works for town dies “throughout any present, persevering with or future disaster, regardless if it’s a pure or man-made phenomenon,” in line with Lopez.

While Lightfoot has ordered many members of town’s big workforce to make money working from home, these offering companies deemed important, comparable to rubbish pickup, components of the water division and numerous different businesses, have remained on the job. Read extra right here. —John Byrne

11:54 a.m.: Pritzker anticipated to shut faculties for the rest of educational yr

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is anticipated to order that the state’s faculties will stay closed for the remainder of the varsity yr as a result of coronavirus disaster, sources informed the Tribune.

Shutting down the state’s faculties was one of many first main strikes by Pritzker to handle COVID-19 earlier than issuing a statewide stay-at-home order.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday stated she anticipated an announcement to return quickly. Though she stated she hasn’t mentioned preserving faculties closed for the remainder of the varsity yr with Pritzker, Lightfoot stated she wish to discuss with him earlier than he proclaims any choice.

“We haven’t had that dialog but with the governor though we’re listening to that he would possibly make some form of announcement later this week,” Lightfoot stated. Read extra right here. —Gregory Pratt

11:45 a.m.: ‘Better Call Saul’ star says son, a DePaul scholar, had coronavirus

“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk, who grew up in Naperville, stated his son contracted the coronavirus just a few weeks in the past. Nathan Odenkirk majors in political science at DePaul University.

“My only big concern was Nate had dealt with asthma for a good chunk of his life, so I worried that that would be an extra complication. In the end, it was pretty bad, and it was worse than the flu. And according to him, the pain in his throat was the worst thing of all. But I think also the fatigue, and it lasted longer than the flu. But you know I’d say he got out pretty easily, obviously, compared to a lot of people,” Odenkirk stated Thursday on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” —Tracy Swartz

11:41 a.m.: Man charged with attacking nurse on CTA bus after accusing her of coughing on him

Felony prices have been filed towards a person accused of punching a nurse on a CTA bus after complaining that she coughed on him and tried to contaminate him with the coronavirus.

The nurse, 31, informed police she was nonetheless carrying her scrubs and masks, and was driving the bus residence with a co-worker. She coughed into her elbow and a 29-year-old man accused her of making an attempt to provide him the coronavirus, police stated. He punched her in the face as he obtained off the bus. Read extra right here. —Chicago Tribune employees

11:28 a.m.: Major Frida Kahlo exhibition postponed

“Frida Kahlo 2020” is now going to happen in 2021. The new title? “Frida Kahlo: Timeless.”

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of DuPage’s Cleve Carney Art Museum is pushing again by virtually precisely a yr what it says would be the largest exhibition of the long-lasting Mexican painter’s work in the Chicago space because the 1970s.

Originally scheduled for June 1 to Aug. 31 of 2021, the present will run June 5 to Sept. 6, 2021. Read extra right here. —Steve Johnson

11:07 a.m.: Third Chicago police officer dies after contracting COVID-19

A 3rd Chicago police officer has died from issues stemming from COVID-19, in line with the division.

The officer was assigned to the South Chicago patrol district, which covers the world from 75th Street to the southern fringe of town, and from roughly the Bishop Ford expressway east to Indiana. Read extra right here. —Peter Nickeas

11:06 a.m.: Wall Street credit rankings company downgrades Illinois’ debt to 1 notch above junk standing

A day after Gov. J.B. Pritzker stated that his administration is projecting the coronavirus pandemic will blow a $2.7 billion gap in this yr’s state finances and create a fair bigger hole subsequent yr, a Wall Street credit rankings company downgraded Illinois’ debt to 1 notch above junk standing.

Fitch Ratings on Thursday downgraded the state’s credit score from BBB to BBB-, a mirrored image of the havoc COVID-19 is wreaking on the state’s precarious funds.

The downgrade “reflects Fitch’s anticipation of a fundamental weakening of the state’s financial resilience given its already tenuous position entering the current severe downturn,” in line with the company’s evaluation.

“While Illinois should avoid any immediate cash flow pressures, the state’s lack of meaningful reserves and the limited nature of other fiscal-management tools at its disposal mean Illinois will be challenged to maintain its investment-grade” ranking, Fitch stated.

Fitch famous that its ranking for Illinois is “well below the level of other states” and displays an extended historical past of “weak operating performance and irresolute fiscal decision-making.” It’s additionally a mirrored image of the state’s “elevated” long-term liabilities, together with $137 billion in pension debt.

In addition to downgrading the state’s credit standing, which might outcome in larger borrowing prices that might finally be borne by taxpayers, Fitch modified its outlook for Illinois’ funds from “stable” to “negative.”

The company improved its outlook for the state to “stable” final summer time after Illinois obtained a shock inflow of tax income in April 2019 and Pritzker signed what Fitch on the time known as a “plausible and achievable” $40 billion spending plan for the present yr.

Fitch tasks that an financial restoration might start in the second half of 2020. However, “should the downturn extend well beyond that point, even if for Illinois alone, Fitch’s assessment of the state’s long-term economic growth prospects could be fundamentally weakened from an already modest level,” its evaluation says. “This would pressure all aspects of the state’s credit profile.” Read extra right here. —Dan Petrella

10:42 a.m.: Pritzker strolls with Shedd Aquarium penguins, chastises fish in newest ‘All in Illinois’ video to encourage social distancing

Gov. J.B. Pritzker launched a video Friday for the “All in Illinois” marketing campaign that includes a brand new movie star cohort—the animals at Shedd Aquarium.

In the video, Pritzker strolls across the aquarium with rockhopper penguins, encouraging them to socially distance by strolling six toes aside. Using sea otters and backyard eels as examples, the governor additionally reminds viewers to clean their fingers regularly, keep away from touching their faces, and keep residence.

“What is this? Lollapalooza?” Pritzker playfully shouts at a tank filled with tons of of fish earlier than instructing viewers to keep away from gathering.

“Shedd Aquarium is proud to partner with the state of Illinois to support and promote the unifying message of ‘All in Illinois’,” Shedd Aquarium CEO and President Bridget Coughlin stated in an announcement Friday. “We sincerely hope the unimaginable connection and pleasure the aquatic world brings to thousands and thousands of company every year will even assist to amplify this essential message to thousands and thousands extra throughout this unprecedented time after we all should do our half to remain wholesome and secure. Read extra right here. —Antonia Ayres-Brown

9 a.m.: COVID-19 outbreak at Lincoln Park nursing residence leaves four useless, 10 others sickened as employees run low on protecting robes, different provides

An outbreak of COVID-19 at a Lincoln Park nursing residence has left 4 residents useless and 10 different individuals ailing with the coronavirus, together with six different residents and 4 employees, in line with the non secular order that runs the power.

The virus appeared to unfold rapidly at St. Mary’s Home, operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor at 2325 N. Lakewood Ave., in line with Sister Constance Veit, communications director for the order. The facility consists of two related buildings and comprises 76 beds in the nursing residence part and 50 unbiased residing residences.

The facility had tried working towards social distancing for weeks, together with serving dinner at particular person rooms. But inside days, residents began to change into sick with COVID-19, Veit stated. All 4 residents who died have been in the nursing residence, she stated. They have been between 71 to 97 years previous. Read extra right here. —Elvia Malagón and Cecilia Reyes

eight:50 a.m.: Hundreds of individuals have died of COVID-19 at Illinois nursing properties. The state received’t say which properties.

Nearly 300 Illinois nursing residence sufferers and employees have died from COVID-19, however precisely the place nonetheless stays largely cloaked in secrecy.

Unlike some states, Illinois hasn’t named particular services the place the virus has been detected. That’s been true even in circumstances of great clusters of deaths.

While state officers sign that could possibly be altering, for now sufferers, employees and relations typically should depend on properties themselves to reveal circumstances, comparable to a Joliet residence on Wednesday saying 23 whole deaths.

The lack of complete info has led one advocacy group, AARP Illinois, to ask the state to start posting circumstances and loss of life counts on-line for every nursing residence. Read extra right here. —Joe Mahr, Robert McCoppin, Dan Hinkel, Elvia Malagon, Cecilia Reyes

eight:30 a.m.: With CPS report playing cards due, some academics decry plans to grade college students throughout shutdown

How college students’ schoolwork shall be graded throughout the pandemic is a subject that has created confusion because the statewide faculty shutdown started on March 17.

So when Chicago Public Schools let academics and households know this week that, with the tip of the third quarter, report playing cards can be forthcoming, some stated they have been taken unexpectedly.

With a big chunk of the third quarter having taken place after school rooms have been shut down, the Chicago Teachers Union says it’s unfair to provide grades to college students, particularly when some don’t have entry to a pc or the web.

“The customary approach of grading is inappropriate given distant studying throughout a worldwide well being pandemic,” Union President Jesse Sharkey stated in a information launch. Read extra right here. —Hannah Leone

7:30 a.m.: At 108 years previous, Luther Coleman was ‘always trying to help somebody.’ He is the oldest particular person in Cook County to die from the coronavirus

Somewhat over a month in the past, Luther Coleman celebrated his 108th birthday surrounded by generations of household who beloved him.

They gathered on the Avantara Evergreen Park nursing residence, the place Coleman had lived in latest years. The celebration of an extended, full life can be the final time his household would get to benefit from the firm of a person who appeared to know all the things.

Coleman died April 11 after contracting the coronavirus, in line with the Cook County medical expert’s workplace. He is the oldest particular person in Cook County to die from the virus, the workplace stated.

“His reminiscence was nearly as good as yours and he might nonetheless learn with out glasses,” stated his niece, Bertha Gunter. Read extra right here. —Morgan Greene

6:45 a.m.: Wisconsin governor extends stay-at-home order one other month, closes faculties for remainder of tutorial yr, angering Republicans

Gov. Tony Evers has closed all Okay-12 faculties for the rest of the educational yr and prolonged Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order for one more month, preserving most nonessential companies shuttered till after the Memorial Day vacation weekend to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus.

Wisconsin Republicans reacted with anger to Evers’ extension, threatening lawsuits, the firing of his well being secretary and different curbs on his energy.

The president of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the highly effective state chamber of commerce, additionally known as the legality of the order into query, saying it’ll result in extra companies closing and folks dropping their jobs. Read extra right here. —Associated Press

6:40 a.m.: Busy, but struggling: Illinois hospitals lose $1.four billion a month as coronavirus cancels surgical procedures

Though Illinois hospitals are, in some ways, busier than ever as they take care of sufferers with the brand new coronavirus, they’re additionally taking a monetary beating that’s affecting their employees and elevating questions on how the establishments will recuperate as soon as the worst of the pandemic has handed.

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association estimates that hospitals statewide might now be dropping about $1.four billion a month. That’s the cash hospitals are lacking out on due to canceled elective surgical procedures and fewer visits by different sufferers, lots of whom could also be avoiding medical take care of worry of catching the virus.

Hospitals throughout the nation are receiving federal to assist them deal with their cash-flow points, however consultants say it’s not almost sufficient to plug the monetary holes many are actually dealing with. Read extra right here. —Lisa Schencker and David Heinzmann

6:30 a.m.: For a front-lines pharmacist at Rush, for a Homewood librarian, it’s all an anxious Monday: Another Chicago day in the lifetime of coronavirus

About a month in the past, as Illinois started to remain at residence, as work vanished, as film theaters closed and supermarkets emptied, we requested 4 individuals in the Chicago space to maintain a diary for 24 hours and file their ideas, fears, hopes — to notice how the world was upending.

A month in the past was way back.

A month, in corona-time, is extra like a lifetime, a day nearer to per week, and per week turns into a month. So, it appeared pure then, now deep right into a pandemic, to ask one other 4 individuals to maintain diaries for a day and observe a remodeled world. What follows are excerpts from these notes, taken once more on a Monday, edited and condensed and with added context. Read extra right here. —Christopher Borrelli

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