* Debra Pressey at the News-Gazette…
Increased testing in Champaign County has recently turned up dozens of new cases a day — 27 were reported Wednesday — and many would otherwise have likely gone undetected.
“The majority of cases we’re seeing right now are asymptomatic or no symptoms,” said Awais Vaid, deputy administrator of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
* This needs to be addressed pronto…
After weeks of only treating emergencies, dentists in Illinois can now resume offering routine dental care, though there will be changes to office visits to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Yet many dentists say they’re struggling to find adequate personal protective equipment amid a national shortage — a potential roadblock to fully reopening.
“N95 masks and gowns are extremely hard to get, as are suitable face shields,” said Dr. Terri Tiersky, president of the Chicago Dental Society, who practices in north suburban Skokie. “We are all trying very hard to return to our patients, but we must do so safely, and we cannot do that without access to adequate amounts of the proper PPE.”
Dentists and hygienists are exposed to “as much or more aerosol spray than any other health care professional, but we seemingly haven’t been considered essential when it comes to obtaining vitally necessary PPE,” she added.
Which reminds me, I need to make an appointment.
* Burt Constable…
Almost everybody who gets a phone call from Elizabeth Thorn of the NorthShore University HealthSystem’s COVID-19 hotline has the same initial reaction.
“A sharp intake of breath,” the 36-year-old Lincolnshire woman says of the response when she introduces herself and explains why she is calling. What Thorn usually says next elicits a greater response.
“You have tested positive for COVID-19, so you do have the virus,” says Thorn, a former physical therapist and care transformation manager who is trained to handle whatever happens next.
“Many are shocked. Some are in tears. Some are devastated,” Thorn says. “I’ve done thousands of calls. Each phone call is as unique as the person on the other line.”
* Phil Luciano…
The daughter is stunned and saddened.
Her father, in his 80s, contracted COVID-19. While he was hospitalized, the family could not visit him, and he died alone. That was agonizing and heartbreaking.
But it’s not the worst part.
In the wake of his death, the daughter keeps getting peppered with a new kind of pain —- from friends, no less.
Day after day, she gets hit with insensitive questions and remarks about the disease that killed her dad. In the process, they cast the man — her loving, hard-working father —- as some sort of pariah.
“They make you feel like it’s a venereal disease,” she says.
* Back to the News-Gazette…
The University of Illinois System is expecting a financial hit this fiscal year from COVID-19 of about $167 million, its chief financial officer said at Thursday’s virtual board of trustees meeting.
Nearly $50 million of that comes from adjustments to student fees for housing, dining and other activities, Avijit Ghosh said. […]
The UI received $63 million from the federal CARES Act, of which 50 percent goes directly to students for coronavirus-related financial aid.
“Federal stimulus funding will provide some relief to the universities, but it will be inadequate to cover the costs I mentioned,” Ghosh said.
* Sun-Times live blog…
What are Chicagoans doing with their weekends during the coronavirus stay-at-home order?
Feds should do more to safeguard nursing homes from COVID-19, U. of C. expert tells Senate panel
Cicero nursing home where 10 died from coronavirus says current residents test negative
‘Cocktails for Hope’ would allow restaurants to sell carry-out drinks
If liquor stores, dispensaries are essential, why not churches? Willie Wilson asks
Seven in 10 Latinos worried about keeping up with rent, food, utilities during the pandemic, poll finds
CPS to allow drive-thru and home-visit graduation ceremonies
* Chicago Tribune live blog…
Cook County Board passes Sept. 30 disaster proclamation extension, property tax late fee waiver
Amazon Studios seeking Chicago essential workers for new docuseries
Admiral Theatre is among a bevy of adult businesses suing to get a PPP loan. So far, the nightclubs are winning.
Coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ on contaminated surfaces: CDC
State unemployment office has doubled call center staff taking jobless claims, but complaints continue
Nearly 39 million US layoffs during pandemic; more than 1 million Illinois jobless claims since mid-March
City officials to announce mental health supports for Chicagoans
Self-swab tests coming to 17 CVS drive-thru sites in Illinois
Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, sun and sand are calling. But when will the beaches open?
Residents say they are being kept in the dark about COVID-19 as nearly 90 deaths are recorded at low-income housing in Chicago.