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COVID-19 roundup

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2020 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Headlines from the Tribune’s top-notch live blog

More than 100 seniors at South Shore nursing home — 70% — test positive for COVID-19

Wheaton College apartments will be used to house DuPage County first responders amid coronavirus outbreak

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Illinois National Guard setting up coronavirus testing site near Aurora outlet mall

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Chicago aldermen offer COVID-19 related proposals — including mandated facial coverings

DePaul student Nate Odenkirk, son of TV star Bob Odenkirk, talks surviving coronavirus: ‘I was lucky’

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Chicago police announced Tuesday 50 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the department to 365.

Another employee at the Cook County Circuit Court clerk’s office has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the overall total to 20.

Two more inmates at Cook County Jail who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, the sheriff’s office announced Monday.

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These Chicago hotel workers are now on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic

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* The tricky math of lifting coronavirus lockdowns - Research groups are trying to calculate how much we can safely relax social distancing restrictions, but we’re still missing critical pieces of data.

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* German shoppers not rushing back as stores reopen

* Developing a National Strategy for Serology (Antibody Testing) in the United States

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* Illinois…

* Illinois Republican lawmakers urge Pritzker to open state parks and some businesses: Rep. Mark Batinick, a Plainfield Republican, recommended that senior citizens, one of the groups most vulnerable to COVID-19, continue to stay isolated, and that employees be required to wear face coverings inside stores and restaurants. Batinick said he has largely been satisfied with the Pritzker administration’s communication with lawmakers during the public health crisis, but that he wants to see new epidemiology charts over the next couple days.

* Mundelein to impose mask policy; Gurnee, Buffalo Grove considering similar plans

* Tribune Publishing furloughs employees in second round of cuts this month

* Rodney Davis consultant gets into PPE business

* At some Chicago homeless shelters, half of staff and residents tested positive for COVID-19. Advocates say better housing is crucial.

* Decatur mayor on whether people will behave when restrictions are lifted: That’s what we’re risking. If we open up somewhat, having people take so much advantage of it that they overdo it, they overcorrect, and we have to go back to Ground Zero because as you said, we haven’t hit the peak here yet. We’re still nearly a month away from where we thought we’d be right now. I hope along with the governor that we’ve overprepared. That is my goal is that we are so over the top and overprepared and it doesn’t happen here in the way that it could. I think the governor does not want New York happening in Chicago. By doing everything and being in place, if it does come, we’ll be ready, and we can pray every day that it doesn’t.

* Peoria council leans toward deferring capital projects to patch COVID-19 deficit

* Why Experts Say It’s a Good Thing Illinois’ Peak in Coronavirus Cases Will Be Later Than Anticipated: “So the reason why we’re not quite at peak is actually really good news. And I know that’s hard to hear that, you know, we may need to stay in longer, we’re not going to be able to just go right back to normal, but moving that peak later is the sign. It’s the reason why if you or someone in your family needs to go to the hospital or gets sick with COVID and needs a ventilator, it’s available. And we want to make sure it continues to be available.”

* COVID-19 delivering latest twist in fight over controversial Joliet shipping hub - Project recently approved by Joliet raising issues not only of economics but also of open democracy for governments making decisions as they adhere to social distancing and stay-at-home orders amid pandemic.


  1. - EmptyMailbox - Wednesday, Apr 22, 20 @ 2:41 pm:

    What models are they using to now say we haven’t hit peak yet, while most are saying we are in or past peak. Show your work.

  2. - Asst. Mgr. Strickland Propane - Wednesday, Apr 22, 20 @ 3:21 pm:

    Tinley Park requires face coverings starting Friday.

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