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COVID-19 roundup

Monday, Apr 6, 2020

* Uh-oh

A second apartment complex in Taylorville has been quarantined because of COVID-19

Three people at the Park Glen Apartment Complex tested positive for the virus, and the facility has been placed under a 14-day quarantine.

The Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency reported that Christian County’s public health administrator, Denise Larson, was notified of the positive tests late Sunday afternoon, and the Illinois Department of Public Health recommended the quarantine.

* They’re now up to four at this nursing home

According to health officials, one of the Jackson County COVID-19 cases reported Sunday is a resident of Manor Court, a skilled nursing facility within Liberty Village of Carbondale.

Bart Hagston, administrator for the Jackson County Health Department, said Monday that the woman in her 60s whose positive status for the virus was released on Sunday is a resident of Manor Court. Hagston said this marks the fourth case at the facility — one of those cases was a woman in her 90s who died on Thursday. She was the first in the lower 17 Illinois counties to die from the respiratory disease.

* Good news

Two weeks after a rapid and deadly outbreak of COVID-19 cases hit a Lake Zurich assisted living center, the situation there has stabilized, a representative said.

No new coronavirus cases have been discovered among residents or staff at Cedar Lake Assisted Living & Memory Care, 777 Church St., said William Swearingen, an executive with Spectrum Retirement Communities, the company that manages the facility. […]

Nine of Cedar Lake’s 65 residents tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week of March. One subsequently died at a hospital.

Two workers tested positive for the virus the same week. Neither are caregivers, and both were expected to recover, Swearingen said.

* Press release…

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, will be featured on the first episode of the new show Illinois Connected that will air on Tuesday, April 7 at 10 a.m.

Illinois Connected is a new statewide show that highlights current events in the state of Illinois and is streamed on Welch will be featured in the first episode, touring the 7th district and giving an update on the state’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s imperative that folks stay home to save lives and flatten the curve,” Welch said. “This program will help give me the opportunity to update residents on the reopening of Westlake Hospital and let them know how they can help flatten the curve and support our local businesses—all from the comfort of their own home.”

* Letter to the editor writer is unclear on the concept of news

Today’s News Sun headline about the coroner preparing a refrigerated semi-trailer for bodies is totally uncalled for. Talk about a downer. I think everyone knows that preparations are being made, but to have this as the first thing you see when you open your morning paper is disgraceful.

* Selected headlines from the Tribune’s live blog

Chicago’s Local School Council elections postponed because of COVID-19

Lightfoot joins 8 Chicago sports teams in a new ‘We Are Not Playing’ ad campaign to help stop the coronavirus spread

Lightfoot says CTA schedule changes, service disruptions unlikely

With fewer drivers on the road because of coronavirus, Allstate will return $600 million in premiums to its customers

Federal lawsuit seeks immediate release of medically vulnerable inmates at the Cook County Jail

Coronavirus case curtails operations at domestic violence court, even as hotline calls increase

McDonald’s to donate 1 million N95 masks to Chicago, state health care workers

* Roundup…

* As cases surge, 3 in 4 US hospitals already facing COVID-19

* Panic-buying for coronavirus affects diabetes patients: They can’t find rubbing alcohol

* Pentagon: Active duty infections topped 1,000

* Veterans hospital employees fear new work-from-home ban will endanger community

* Governors plead for food stamp flexibility amid pandemic

* Will Bears be playing in Soldier Field by September?

* ‘Part of the team’: How local truckers are delivering for health care providers

* Local 3-D printers becoming the front line of the PPE supply chain

* Emergency childcare providers are taking care of essential workers’ kids in Southern Illinois

* How the coronavirus is being felt by Macon County animal shelters

* Shelby County Board to hold meeting — outdoors

* Illinois lawmaker says China government should pay for damages: The U.S. Congress would have to waive the applicability of the doctrine of sovereign immunity to allow Americans to take legal action against the Chinese government.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - RIJ - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 2:29 pm:

    Can I roll my eyes any harder at those who persist in calling this the “Chinese virus” or blame China. It’s a human virus. The willful ignorance just shows the utter stupidity of the speaker. Turn off the Fox News.

  2. - yinn - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 2:54 pm:

    Re: the isopropyl alcohol shortage. I wanted to pick up some extra to help keep my early voting site sanitized, but my local grocery store was out of it in the pharmacy area. So I went to the liquor section and bought a bottle of Everclear (190 proof/95% alcohol).

    In reading about the rubbing alcohol shortage I’m glad I did, because I can afford Everclear and leave whatever supply of rubbing alcohol available for people who need to pay a fraction of the price.

  3. - Dotnonymous - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 3:06 pm:

    I’ll be waiting for that check…from China…along with C.D…hurry China?

  4. - Thomas Paime - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 3:49 pm:

    Sue China?

    I think there is two months of streaming video of Trump they would raise as their defense that were not to blame for the pamdemic in the US.

  5. - Ano - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 4:21 pm:

    I think that if it’s inappropriate to blame China where this virus first took off, then it’s also inappropriate to blame countless leaders and experts who are struggling every minute to find solutions to this dilemma. Back off the blame for everyone. Not exactly like this is old news and they should know better.

  6. - Rich Miller - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 4:23 pm:

    ===blame countless leaders and experts who are struggling every minute to find solutions===

    I don’t think reasonable people are blaming those folks.

  7. - Froganon - Monday, Apr 6, 20 @ 6:22 pm:

    ===blame countless leaders and experts who are struggling every minute to find solutions to this dilemma===
    Blame/accountability justly lies at the feet of those who dismantled the part of the “deep state” that protects us from pandemics, denied the reality of this virus in January and February and refuse to allow competent officials to handle the resulting castrophe. The people who are desperately working around Trump’s incompetence are heros. The results of the November election will demonstrate if the majority of Americans understand the difference.

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