* Hannah Leone at the Tribune…
Illinois schools could be getting nearly $570 million through the federal coronavirus stimulus package, according to preliminary allocation estimates from the Illinois State Board of Education.
A large portion of that — about $205 million — could go to Chicago Public Schools, ISBE estimates. That’s more than two and a half times the $75 million COVID-19 budget measure the Chicago Board of Education passed last week. […]
Schools are eligible if they received funding this fiscal year through Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and the percentage of Title I funding they received will determine how much of the CARES Act funds they could get, according to ISBE. […]
However, that money may not be available in the immediate future. The Department of Education has several weeks to release an application needed for states to access the CARES Act funds. Then the education department will have 30 days to review ISBE’s application. While final allocations will be known only once the U.S. Department of Education issues awards, ISBE provided preliminary estimates to help district leaders plan.
* Not good at all…
Eleven nursing homes in north suburban Lake County have been found to have multiple cases of COVID-19, health officials announced Wednesday.
Each facility has at least two confirmed cases of the coronavirus, health officials said. A total of 62 cases have spread among the 11 nursing homes, with four of them resulting in death.
* One case can easily spread in these facilities…
A 90-year-old female diagnosed with COVID-19 is a resident of Manor Court, a skilled nursing facility within Liberty Village of Carbondale, the facility administrator confirmed.
The resident was one of three cases confirmed Wednesday in Jackson County.
She is receiving treatment at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
Manor Court Administrator Melissa Neitzel said the facility has notified all staff, residents and their families by telephone, and plans to send a letter to them today.
* Things are getting rough in Kankakee County…
Kankakee County’s infection rate is 5.18 positive cases per 10,000 residents. The county, according to the latest figures released Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Public Health, has 57 positive coronavirus cases.
However, based on the county’s population of just under 110,000 residents, as of the 2017 population figures, Kankakee County trails only Cook County and northern Illinois’ Lake County as the state’s highest infection rates. […]
Kankakee County Health Department leader John Bevis said population density is a key factor in a county’s infection rate. He also noted long-term care residential facilities such as Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee and the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Manteno also play a role as cases can quickly multiply in those areas. […]
Dr. Keith Moss, chief medical officer at Riverside Medical Center, concurred Wednesday with Bevis’ sentiment on long-term facilities being major drivers of the county’s rate. A residential and training center for people who have an intellectual disability, Shapiro accounts for 12 of the county’s confirmed cases.
* Oh, man…
A worker at Exelon Generation’s Quad-Cities Nuclear Power Plant has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
That worker is receiving care and any employees who came into contact with that worker or work where that affected worker is employed have been notified, said Bill Stoermer, spokesman for the Quad-Cities Station.
“We performed an additional deep cleaning of all areas that have potentially been exposed. We are maximizing social distancing for those who must continue to report to their locations,” he said.
Moving forward, Exelon will require workers to pass a symptom screening and body temperature check prior to entry every shift, while also requiring social distancing, frequent hand washing and remote work where possible, Stoermer said.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office Wednesday confirmed 23 more deaths from COVID-19, raising the county’s toll to 94.
Five people were pronounced dead Wednesday, seven died Tuesday, one died Monday and six on Sunday, the medical examiner’s office said. Four others died March 28, 27, 25 and 23.
The youngest of the confirmed deaths was 27-year-old James Brooks, of South Shore, who died March 23, the medical examiner’s office said.
* A whole lot of those folks will be booked into Illinois hotels…
The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17 after prospective nominee Joe Biden said he didn’t think it would be possible to hold a normal convention in mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Convention CEO Joe Solmonese confirmed the decision in a statement Thursday.
* Selected headlines from the Tribune’s solid live blog…
Preckwinkle encourages Cook County businesses to get in line first for federal stimulus money
Chicago police officer stricken with COVID-19 dies
Funding for field hospitals announced – will be set up in tents
Bremen high school district loans 3D printers for fire department to create protective masks
They were told their coronavirus test results would take days. These Fox Valley residents waited more than a week in self-isolation.
12th Cook County Court Clerk’s employee tests positive for coronavirus; worked in downtown traffic court
* From the Sun-Times COVID-19 page…
Aurora extends emergency declaration to May 15
* Some headlines from the SJ-R’s COVID-19 page…
Anthony Fauci to get a security detail after facing threats, reports say
Ford donates face shields to St. John’s
Long wait for COVID-19 test result causes frustration, angst
Local small business pushes on through pandemic
* Thousands of US medical workers furloughed, laid off as routine patient visits drop during coronavirus pandemic
* Could state switch to endorsing face masks to help contain COVID-19?
* Federal judge in southern Illinois strikes and resets jury trials in response to coronavirus outbreak
* Triage tent opened at St. Elizabeth Hospital to screen for coronavirus: St. Elizabeth Hospital in O’Fallon has set up triage tents where patients with respiratory symptoms can be screened for coronavirus.
* How planners are deciding to cancel or keep summer festivals in age of coronavirus
* COVID-19 social distancing measures complicate census efforts in southwest Illinois
* Individual in Effingham County tests positive for COVID-19
* Illinois High School Association provides update for status of spring sports, hopeful for state series tournaments to be played in June