Coronavirus In Illinois: What You Need To Know On Friday, April 10

Coronavirus Illinois
(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Illinois on Friday, April 10, 2020: 
  • Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday offered some optimistic remarks, saying that the state’s social-distancing efforts seem to be taming the curve of COVID-19 cases. He stressed that the number of cases continues to grow -- on an "upward trajectory" -- but not at a rate as fast as officials feared. MORE DETAILS.
  • NEW NUMBERS: The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,344 new cases, including 66 deaths. That takes the state's overall known total to 16,422 cases, including 528 deaths. READ MORE HERE.
  • Pritzker signaled Thursday that it won't be business as usual for large summer events this year. In other words, concerts, festivals and other activities where crowds gather are not likely to happen, even if other types of COVID-19-related restrictions are lifted. Pritzker, who has issued a stay-at-home order for Illinoisans through April 30, said the risk of a novel coronavirus resurgence is too great, without a vaccine in hand. MORE DETAILS HERE.
  • Cook County Jail is a hot spot for the novel coronavirus, but it’s just the opposite situation at the DuPage County Jail. DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick said Thursday it’s unlikely his jail will be able to keep the COVID-19 pandemic at bay forever, but he said his office is doing its best. READ MORE HERE.
  • A federal lawsuit filed by the family of the first detainee at Cook County Jail to die from complications of COVID-19 alleges the county violated his constitutional rights by shackling him to a bed while he was battling the virus. DETAILS HERE.
  • Chicago police announced Thursday 17 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of cases in the department to 151. READ MORE HERE.
  • The office of the Chief Judge of Cook County announced Thursday another employee has tested positive for the cornavirus, raising the number of confirmed cases in that office to 14. MORE DETAILS HERE.
  • A second detainee at Cook County Jail has died from apparent complications of the coronavirus. The 51-year-old man was pronounced dead Thursday evening at St. Anthony’s Hospital, where he had been hospitalized since April 3 after testing positive for COVID-19, the Cook County sheriff’s office said in a statement. READ MORE HERE.
  • The Cook County medical examiner’s office announced Thursday that 73 more people had died of causes related to the coronavirus, raising the county’s total to 396. MORE DETAILS.
  • Nearly 200 medical students from the University of Illinois College of Medicine will graduate early Friday to help meet demand for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE HERE.
  • Mayor Lightfoot announced Friday that a member of her staff tested positive for COVID-19. DETAILS HERE.
  • The Museum of Science and Industry is supporting local hospital and healthcare organizations in need of personal protective equipment by activating 20 of its 3D printers to make masks and face shields. READ MORE HERE.
  • Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Friday that his office filed emergency rules extending expiration dates for driver's licenses, identification (ID) cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings for at least 90 days after Driver Services facilities reopen. MORE DETAILS HERE.
  • The Illinois Lottery announced Friday that it is extending the timeframe in which winners can claim prizes during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE HERE.
  • The Chicago Bears and Bears Care, the team's charitable arm, announced Thursday a $1,920,000 commitment to COVID-19 relief efforts assisting those in need throughout Illinois. MORE DETAILS HERE.
  • The Chicago Transit Authority announced Thursday new rear-door boarding and operational changes for buses beginning Thursday, April 9. READ MORE HERE.
  • To prepare for a surge in COVID-19 deaths, Cook County officials on Thursday opened a refrigerated warehouse to store thousands of additional bodies. The 66,000-square foot refrigerated “surge center” can hold more than 2,000 bodies, and is located about five miles from the county’s Near West Side morgue, according to a statement office of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. DETAILS HERE.
  • The Centers for Disease Control is shedding new light on how COVID-19 spread in Chicago. In February and March 2020, the Chicago Department of Public Health investigated a large, multi-family cluster of COVID-19. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 and their close contacts were interviewed to better understand the non-household, community transmission of COVID-19. It was found that it all began with a shared take-out meal. READ MORE HERE.
  • Cardinal Blase Cupich is preparing for the Chicago Catholic Church’s first Easter in modern history without people in the pews, because of the coronavirus pandemic. DETAILS HERE.

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