Illinois coronavirus updates: here’s what’s going on Monday


While warning against over-reading of unique statistics, Governor JBPritzker said on Monday that the number of people hospitalized for the new coronavirus and the percentage of intensive care beds occupied by COVID-19 patients are down from to a week ago.

The governor also announced 2,341 new known cases, as well as 46 additional deaths. This brings the total number of known cases to 63,840 and the death toll at 2,662 across the state since the start of the pandemic. The 46 deaths reported on Monday are the lowest total over a 24-hour period since the 33 deaths reported on April 19.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday that the city of Chicago has reached 1,000 COVID-19 deaths. Lightfoot said the city has not experienced the magnitude of the tragedy in other cities such as New York, in part due to the city’s efforts to bend the disease’s growth curve by encouraging people to stay at their home.

Here’s what’s going on with COVID-19 in the Chicago and Illinois area on Monday:

7:30 p.m .: United Airlines plans to cut more than 3,400 management positions. Chicago could be particularly affected.

United Airlines plans to cut more than 3,400 management and administrative positions on October 1, as the airline moves away from the coronavirus pandemic that has virtually halted air travel. Chicago, United’s hometown, could be particularly affected.

“We must recognize that there will be serious consequences for our business if we do not continue to take decisive and decisive action, which includes making decisions that none of us have ever wanted or planned to take” , Kate Gebo, executive vice president of the airline The president of human resources and labor relations, said Monday in a note to employees.

These reductions represent 30% of the approximately 11,500 executive and administrative employees of United. Most of those who work at the company’s Willis Tower headquarters are in management or administration. Employees affected by the cuts, which take effect October 1, will be notified in July, said Gebo.

United plans to announce a voluntary departure program for national executive and administrative employees in mid-May, said Gebo in the memo, a copy of which was obtained from the Tribune. Employees who accept the offer will be able to retain their travel privileges and medical benefits for an extended period of time, as well as “some wage continuation,” she said. Effective October 1, the company will no longer offer cash severance benefits to executives and directors. Read more here. —Lauren Zumbach

7:08 p.m .: What could the graduation for the promotion of 2020 look like? Illinois officials offer advice

High schools across the country are looking for other ways to honor their senior graduates. The Illinois state education authority now offers some tips.

The opening ceremonies could be virtual or even accessible by car or car, said the Illinois State Board of Education in guidelines issued with the state health department.

But the thing that embodies what is a graduation ceremony – graduation – will not happen. And there will be no handshakes or hugs. Read more here. —Hannah Leone

6:20 p.m .: Northwest Illinois church to appeal federal judge’s refusal to order restraining order and interim injunction against Pritzker’s conditional sentence

An evangelical church in northwest Illinois on Monday filed its intention to appeal a federal judge’s refusal of a temporary restraining order and an injunction against Governor JB Pritzker, ordering the stay at the home in a weekend ruling that found the order did not violate religious freedom.

In a lawsuit filed on April 30, the church of about 80 people accused Pritzker – whose order banned major religious services in person during the COVID-19 pandemic – of demonstrating “unlawful and discriminatory hostility to religious practice, to churches and to believers. The complaint focused in particular on the governor’s designation of other selected businesses, such as liquor stores and dog groomers, as essential.

The governor’s office released an amended stay order on April 30 – the same day as the church’s complaint was made – which specifically mentions “free exercise of religion” as an essential activity. Under the extended order, gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited.

In his 37-page ruling denying the beloved Church an injunction, US District Court judge John Z. Lee called the worship formats permitted by the Pritzker Order “imperfect substitutes” for traditional services.

“Yet, given the persistent threat posed by COVID-19, the Order retains relatively solid channels for praise, prayer and fellowship and forgoes the constitutional gathering,” Lee wrote.

On Sunday, the beloved church went ahead and held a face-to-face service attended by about 60 to 80 people, “with social distancing,” said Tom Ciesielka, spokesperson for the Thomas More Society, a conservative public interest law firm in Chicago that represents the church and its pastor, Stephen Cassell.

Church records said the appeal would go to the United States Court of Appeal for the seventh circuit in Chicago. —Antonia Ayres-Brown

6:12 p.m .: Lake County Sheriff’s Office will not issue tickets for exceeding the 2-person limit, but boating communities reject Pritzker order

Lake County boaters don’t need to worry about a ticket if they have more than two people in their boat, a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff’s office said on Monday.

The revised home stay regulations put in place by Governor J.B. Pritzker last week in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have reopened some businesses and some public spaces, but have set limits on large gatherings.

Among the new provisions relating to the stay at home, there is a rule limiting the number of people on a boat to two, according to a spokesperson for the Office of the Governor.

“These health restrictions have not changed,” spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said in an email on Monday.

The official decree signed by Pritzker does not include the two-person rule and rather says that recreational boaters must follow guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities, said Sgt. Christopher Covelli, spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office has not received any application directives from the ministry, and therefore cannot apply the rule, Covelli said.

“Our function on the waterways remains unchanged: maintaining the safety of its users and enforcing the law,” said Covelli. “We ask boaters to exercise their best judgment, to be responsible and to act with caution.”

The sheriff’s office will enforce standard shipping laws in addition to the temporary directives issued by the Fox Waterway Agency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. These rules include a ban on tying boats to each other and a requirement that anchored boats be at least 10 feet apart. Read more here. —Emily Coleman

4:53 pm: Model kits see a resurgence as coronavirus closures turn into old-fashioned hobbies for “something to do”

As auto sales plummet during the shutdown of the coronavirus, the self-made plastic versions 1 / 25th the size are flying off the shelves.

Revell, the 77-year-old model kit maker, which was bought out of bankruptcy two years ago by a German investment fund, has experienced a resurgence as more people are trapped at home during the pandemics have minutely gathered everything from the muscles of the 60s cars to the “Star Wars” spaceships.

“We saw a spike in the weeks leading up to the housekeeping guidelines,” said Lou Aguilera, 50, president of Revell USA, based in the northwest suburb of Fox River Grove. “Since then, our online sales have grown significantly from people staying at home looking for something to do. “

Founded in California in 1943, Revell launched the plastic model kit that would become a childhood staple for many baby boomers. In 1986 Revell merged with its main rival, Monogram, based in Morton Grove, making the Chicago area the center of the model world.

Basic kits include stylish cars, planes, and ships that you build by breaking pieces of a plastic tree, gluing them together, then painting and applying decals. The process often takes several hours to complete or be abandoned in a tacky mess of adhesive collateral damage.

Many aging baby boomers have apparently decided that the COVID-19 epidemic is a good time to tackle it, said Aguilera.

“You have people who did it maybe 30 or 40 years ago and who said that this is something I would like to do if I have the time,” he said. declared. “Well now, they have time. »Read more here. —Robert Channick

4:45 p.m .: Illinois marijuana dispensaries sold nearly $ 37.3 million worth of legal weeds in April

Illinois marijuana dispensaries – designated essential during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – sold nearly $ 37.3 million worth of legal weeds in April.

Recreational marijuana went on sale in Illinois on January 1. April sales bring the state total to around $ 147.5 million in the past four months, according to data from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which regulates dispensaries.

Last month, sales reached nearly $ 36 million in March and about $ 35 million in February, but followed revenue by $ 39.2 million in January. Read more here. —Ally Marotti

3:39 p.m .: Coronavirus and nursing homes: here’s what you need to know before choosing a site

Under normal circumstances, health care experts tell anyone who chooses to use the services of a nursing home for an in-person visit to the facility. Better yet, two visits – one unexpected.

Since Illinois nursing homes began banning visitors in mid-March due to the coronavirus, it has been impossible for families to see what’s going on inside these facilities. Yet new sick and elderly patients still need qualified nursing care in these facilities.

For families facing this dilemma, health care advocates say that the most important aspect of retirement home hunting has now moved from inspections to interrogations. Lack of access has made one of the most difficult decisions in life – and one of the most expensive – even more difficult. Read more here. –Robert McCoppin

2:35 p.m .: 2,341 new known cases of COVID-19, 46 additional deaths

While warning against over-reading of unique statistics, Governor JBPritzker said on Monday that the number of people hospitalized for the new coronavirus and the percentage of intensive care beds occupied by COVID-19 patients are down from to a week ago.

Just under 4,500 hospital beds across the state were occupied by coronavirus patients on Sunday, down about 4 percent from the previous week, said Pritzker. Similarly, the share of intensive care beds occupied by COVID-19 patients fell by one percentage point, from 34% to 33%.

“Snapshots in time alone are not enough to offer a complete understanding of where we are, but together they can give an indication of where things are going,” said Pritzker.

The governor also announced 2,341 new known cases of coronavirus, as well as 46 additional deaths. This brings the total number of known cases to 63,840 and the death toll at 2,662 across the state since the start of the pandemic.

The 46 deaths reported on Monday are the lowest total over a 24-hour period since the 33 deaths reported on April 19.

“I would encourage everyone to watch these things over several days, perhaps taking an average of three, five or seven days,” said Pritzker. “I hope. When I saw this figure today, I was hoping it would be the beginning or the continuation of a trend for which I pray. ” —Dan Petrella

1:27 p.m .: Chicago reaches 1,000 deaths from COVID-19

The city of Chicago killed 1,000 COVID-19 on Sunday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a conference call.

Lightfoot noted the darkness on a call Monday with reporters where she noted that the dead were parents, grandparents, cousins, friends and relatives – not just statistics.

She noted that the city had not experienced the magnitude of the tragedy in other cities such as New York, in part due to the city’s efforts to bend the disease growth curve by encouraging people to stay at home. them.

“We have to find hope that we haven’t had the same type of epidemic as other cities,” said Lightfoot.

11:24 a.m .: Indiana Governor apologizes for maskless photo at restaurant

The governor of Indiana apologized for posing for a photo with two people in whom none of the three was wearing protective masks – a photo taken one day after publishing a plan to loosen restrictions on coronaviruses that recommend that these masks be worn in public until mid-June.

Photo circulating on social media shows Republican Governor Eric Holcomb taking the selfie at a restaurant on Saturday in the tourist town of Nashville in southern Indiana, even though his statewide home order was still in effect.

Holcomb said in a statement that he left his mask in the car while picking up his take-out order at the restaurant after spending the governor’s retirement night at nearby Brown County State Park.

“It was a breach of my usual vigilance,” said Holcomb. “I should have returned to the car to retrieve my mask. My apologies to all of the health care professionals and Hoosiers who work so hard to slow the spread. »Read more here. –Associated press

11:07 a.m .: Grant Park Music Festival cancels summer season 2020

For the first time since the creation of the Grant Park Music Festival in 1935, the institution will be silent.

The festival has canceled all of its events from June 10 to August 15 at Millennium Park and across the city due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The simple fact of ensuring the security of the orchestra and the choir (of Grant Park), the administrative staff, our production team, our patrons – really motivated our decision,” said the president and conductor of festival management, Paul Winberg, Monday morning.

“It is simply not safe or prudent to move into the festival season. This will have a huge financial impact on the organization. We actively sought to assess what it would look like. ”

The festival has an annual operating budget of $ 7.2 million, said Winberg. Read more here. –Howard Reich

10:55 a.m .: If you fall ill with COVID-19, is your employer responsible? As businesses prepare to reopen, worker safety is a priority.

Companies preparing to return to work as coronavirus bottlenecks relax face a minefield of potential liability, claims for age discrimination if they hesitate to bring older workers to claims for Disability discrimination if they punish anxious workers who fear coming to the office.

But one of their biggest concerns is that employees get sick with COVID-19 and pretend they got it at work – an expensive proposition, say employer groups, at a time when businesses are at struggling with blocked sales and loss of income.

“For an employer looking to resume normal operations, this could be the third crisis the country faces,” said Todd Maisch, head of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “The first being the health crisis, the second being the economic crisis, the third being years of responsibility crisis. “

As federal legislators fight to protect employers from pandemic-related lawsuits, a fight is brewing in Illinois over workers’ compensation coverage for COVID-19 illnesses. Read more here. —Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz

9:28 a.m .: Nursing homes claim immunity from prosecution while deaths from COVID-19 exceed 20,000

Faced with 20,000 deaths and counts of coronaviruses, nursing homes across the country are delaying a barrage of potential lawsuits with an intense lobbying effort to get states to grant them emergency protection against claims of inadequate care.

At least 15 states have laws or governors’ ordinances that explicitly or apparently provide nursing homes and long-term care facilities some protection from lawsuits resulting from the crisis. And in the case of New York, which leads the nation in death tolls in such facilities, a lobby group drafted the first draft measure that apparently makes it the only state to benefit from specific protection against civil proceedings and criminal prosecution.

Now the industry is going ahead with a campaign to get other states on board with a simple argument: it was an unprecedented crisis and nursing homes shouldn’t be responsible for the events out of their control, such as shortages of protective equipment and tests, the change of directives from the authorities and the diseases that have decimated the staff. Read more here. –Associated press

6:40 am: Cook County Sheriff’s Office assistant dies of COVID-19

A 25-year veteran of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office died on Sunday of complications from COVID-19, the sheriff’s office said.

MP Richard O’Brien was recently posted to the Civil Process Division in Skokie, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

He was known to be a “highly motivated and dedicated professional”.

At least one Cook County correctional officer died of COVID-19 before O’Brien’s death. Read more here. –Paige Fry

6:00 a.m .: Food distribution sites begin on the south and west sides to fill the void during the COVID-19 pandemic

Under sunny skies Friday morning in front of Trinity United Church of Christ, in the far south of the city, Monica Moss and other volunteers donated 500 cans of canned and canned food and fresh produce.

This effort marked the start of a partnership between seven community and faith-based organizations and the Greater Chicago Food Depository to combat food insecurity in the areas hardest hit by COVID-19.

“Our church is in what would be considered a food desert. It has been my passion to provide people with healthy food, to educate them about healthy eating, “said Moss, first lady of the church, located at the corner of 95th Street and Eggleston Avenue.

” It was a nice day. People were so excited to go out to help people, “she said.

Moss Church, and six others on the south and west sides of the city, will organize a pop-up distribution for the next five weeks. Volunteers from each organization will distribute 500 to 1,000 boxes of food each weighing 20 to 30 pounds. Read more here. —Peter Nickeas

5:00 am: Inmate who agreed to stay in Cook County jail to avoid immigration problems lost his life at COVID-19

At the beginning of March, René Olivo Sangabriel was only one of the thousands of prisoners from Cook County jail who would soon find themselves on the devastating path of COVID-19.

Sangabriel, 42, locked up since October 2019 on an eight-year suspended term after receiving a second crime charge from DUI, appeared in court on March 5 for a fairly routine status hearing. His lawyer told the judge that Sangabriel had 46 days in a drug and alcohol treatment program in prison and that he wanted to finish the program before pleading guilty.

“I think we’re going to go to the end of the program,” said judge Diana Kenworthy, according to a hearing. “I don’t want them to take it out of the program and have any changes. … What is a good date? ”

“What about Cinco de Mayo,” replied lawyer Domingo F. Vargas.

“By agreement May 5 for a plea,” replied Kenworthy.

The plan to delay Sangabriel’s appeal by two months and keep him in prison made perfect sense at the time, said Vargas.

Judicial officials have previously indicated that Sangabriel, who lived in the United States without legal permission, was likely facing jail time on his new charges. Vargas and Sangabriel determined that the risk of immigration officials finding it higher in the Illinois Department of Correctional Services, therefore, wanted him to burn as long as possible in prison.

Ultimately, COVID-19 caught Sangabriel. Read more here. –Annie Sweeney and Elvia Malagón

5:00 a.m .: The coronavirus pandemic has confined and anxious people. The therapy dogs are there to help you, by video call, of course.

Meetings by videoconference and the regulation of homework are no longer reserved for humans. Illinois-based organizations that offer therapy dog ​​services have their dogs offer emotional support online.

Typically, in the event of a disaster, therapy dogs are sent to physically comfort those affected, said Tim Hetzner, president and CEO of Lutheran Church Charities. But, with increasing concerns and physical limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, video calls have comforted those who need them most. With the physical restrictions on the state home stay order, many Chicagoans also choose to favor pets for companionship.

“Many states have residence orders, and we have thought about how to continue to touch people without being able to physically go out with the animals,” said Hetzner. Read more here. –Jessica Villagomez

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