* Press release…
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,173 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 6 additional confirmed deaths.
Cass County – 1 female 90s
Cook County – 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s
DuPage County – 1 male 70s
Peoria County – 1 female 100+
Will County – 1 female 50s
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 162,748 cases, including 7,301 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 34,598 specimens for a total of 2,279,109. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from July 13 - July 19 is 3.0%. As of last night, 1,410 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 308 patients were in the ICU and 133 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
The governor said today that he was frustrated about how hospitalizations and the positivity rate are both staying level, rather than decreasing.
* Press release…
IFT President Dan Montgomery and educators and school staff from around the state today called for remote learning this fall in Illinois’ schools, colleges, and universities. […]
With infection rates becoming unstable and rising in some regions of the state, the union and our members are gravely concerned about the safety of students, educators, and staff. According to a recent Kaiser Foundation study, nearly 24 percent of educators are at high-risk due to underlying health conditions, which further bolsters the need to begin the year with online learning. […]
Though the union believes some types of in-person instruction can be achieved with health and safety mitigation, in the absence of a practical safety plan that includes clear guidance like the union has provided, a return to in-person instruction right now is too great a risk. Too many schools and campuses cannot currently achieve critical safety benchmarks.
Included in the IFT’s guidance for an eventual reopening of schools:
• A call for all school districts and institutions to negotiate safe, effective learning plans with their unions, students, and parents.
• The right of teachers to determine the best mode of instruction.
• Required social distancing and a limit of 15 students per classroom in PreK-12 schools.
• Temperature checks or health screenings for all students, staff, and visitors.
• Adequate testing availability, especially in rural communities.
• Required two-week quarantines for students or staff who test positive or have high-risk exposure to COVID-19.
* The Southern…
Community colleges in Southern Illinois are preparing for the start of an unusual fall semester with plans to offer a mix of online, in-person and hybrid courses. Though the formats and degree to which in-person classes will be offered vary somewhat from campus to campus, the plans that have been outlined thus far are similar.
The colleges said they are following guidance put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health and local health departments and the Illinois Community College Board. They also noted that their plans are flexible and include the ability to rapidly shift to distance learning-only platforms if necessitated by the spread of COVID-19.
* May 15…
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is threatening to use local law enforcement and state police against businesses that reopen in defiance of his policies.
The governor gave the stern warning on the same day Madison County officials have gone against the governor’s public health orders and started to reopen.
The Monroe County Sheriff Neal Rohlfing posted this statement to the department’s Facebook page today:
“It has been very frustrating to watch this public health issue cause the many problems that we face today. I know many of our residents are struggling with the restrictions we are facing from the state. I will always side with our residents Constitutional Rights regardless to what consequences I may have. I was elected by the residents of Monroe County and I will continue to provide the highest level of public safety as long as I am Sheriff!”
A county sheriff in southwestern Illinois has tested positive for COVID-19, according to officials.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department said Sheriff Neal Rohlfing has been in quarantine since he had symptoms earlier this month. He received a positive test on Wednesday, according to a department statement.
“The sheriff has been lucky and has experienced very mild symptoms,” the statement said.
Glad to hear that he’s going to be OK.
* Tribune’s live blog…
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* Sun-Times live blog…
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