COVID-19 in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening on Monday


Illinois public health officials on Monday announced 1,319 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

The numbers came after the statewide tally exceeded 2,000 in Illinois for two consecutive days Friday and Saturday. The state has now reported a total of 195,399 cases and 7,637 confirmed deaths.

Starting Monday, tenants in Illinois who have been unable to pay their rent due to financial hardship related to the coronavirus can apply for one-time grants of $ 5,000 through a new state program – and the homeowner help is next.

“Over the past few months, research has evolved from the early days of the coronavirus, when wearing masks was shown to protect the people you are with,” Pritzker said. “Now, study after study after study, we’ve shown that if you wear a mask, it protects you too.”

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

(Update: 1:04 p.m.) 12:08 p.m.: 1,319 new known cases of COVID-19, 1 additional death

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,319 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and one additional death on Monday, bringing the total to 195,399 known cases and 7,637 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The statewide seven-day positivity rate on Sunday was 4.1%, and as of Sunday evening 1,481 people in the state with COVID-19 were hospitalized. Of these patients, 352 were in an intensive care unit and 138 were on ventilators.

The daily tally of new cases reported on Sunday was slightly higher – 1,382 – after two consecutive days of daily counting of cases exceeding 2,000.

On Monday, the state reported 32,353 tests performed over a 24-hour period.

Daily test totals were higher in the past few days —– the ministry reported on Sunday more than 41,000 tests performed in the previous 24 hours.

The state reported 48,016 tests over a 24-hour period on Saturday, as well as 2,190 newly confirmed cases that day. And on Friday, the state reported 46,869 tests over a 24-hour period and 2,084 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19.

12:18 am: Big Ten officials close to making college football decision, but “no votes have been taken yet”

With the Big Ten football season on life support, some players are expressing themselves on social media using #WeWantToPlay.

But they face long chances, especially if Dan Patrick’s report is true.

The longtime radio / TV host said on Monday that based on the information he received, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 would cancel their seasons on Tuesday. The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence, and the SEC is trying to “buy some time” to see if it can play.

11:46 a.m .: Wisconsin-based Epic Systems demotions make return to power voluntary amid coronavirus concerns

Epic Systems told its employees they would not be required to return to work in person on Monday at the Wisconsin-based health records company.

11:14 a.m .: Chicago public schools propose $ 8.4 billion budget for 2021 as they face the financial impact of COVID-19

Chicago Public Schools are proposing a budget of $ 8.4 billion for the 2021 school year, according to budget documents released Monday.

Despite the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the CPS expects revenues to increase this year, largely due to “substantial levels of federal emergency relief funding to cover emergency expenses and compensate for anticipated income increases that will not materialize, ”the district said.

The main stream of funding remains local property taxes, which are based on assessments from the previous year.

Yet this prospect “still does not raise district revenue collection enough” to provide students with everything they need, and the CPS would still need more than $ 1.9 billion in additional funding from the State to fully fund schools based on state assessment, according to CPS. .

10:27 am: “This has been the busiest year”: Crowded Lake County beaches struggle to maintain social distancing

Social distancing becomes a challenge on Lake County beaches as crowds get bigger after a hot July and beaches get smaller and smaller due to rising water levels in Lake Michigan .

Lakeside beaches from Illinois Beach State Park, which stretches from the state of Wisconsin to the north end of Waukegan, to Highland Park are adjusting their regulations to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and visitors from Chicago where the beaches remain closed.

State beach officials – as well as at Waukegan, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest and Highland Park – all said visits to their beaches were more frequent this summer and more difficult to accommodate due to social distancing linked to the pandemic.

10:26 a.m.: Around the world, the pandemic is destroying the hopes of the 2020 class of landing a first job

All over the world, young people with new degrees, diplomas and professional qualifications are struggling to enter the workforce as the pandemic pushes the global economy into recession. COVID-19 has thwarted hopes of landing a first job – important for jumpstarting a career – as employers curtail their graduate hiring plans or even revoke job postings.

The latest US employment figures on Friday underscored the bleak outlook: 1.8 million jobs were added in July, a sharp slowdown in job growth from the previous month. This means that the world’s largest economy has only recovered 42% of the jobs lost due to the coronavirus.

9:45 a.m .: Illinois tenants can apply for grants of $ 5,000 to cover unpaid rent due to COVID-19 starting today – and landlords are as follows

Illinois tenants who have been unable to pay their rent due to financial hardship related to the coronavirus can apply for one-time grants of $ 5,000 through a new state program starting Monday – and homeowners relief is the following.

The state will provide $ 300 million in rents and mortgages this fall to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, offering one-time grants of $ 5,000 for tenants and $ 15,000 for homeowners. The programs, administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority, are funded by federal funds from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act passed earlier this year.

Rental requests are available until August 21. Homeowners can apply for grants from August 24 to September 24. 4.

6 a.m .: COVID-19 shutdowns create mad race for ACT and SAT spots as college application season approaches

When it comes to getting a standardized test score in the COVID-19 onslaught, fate has been cruel for Illinois’ rising high school students. They were unable to take the SAT at their schools in April, and many ACT sessions were canceled in the spring and summer after testing sites, mostly schools, closed.

This led to a mad rush last week as aspiring candidates swarmed the ACT website trying to secure a spot this fall. ACT officials won’t say how many have been left out in the cold, but judging from the social media chatter, the number could be sizable.

“Two hours in line,” a parent wrote on ACT’s Facebook page. “When (I) have my turn, ALL September seats in Illinois and neighboring states are SUPPORTED. The first date available is December !!! Whoever is the genius who came up with this solution must look for a new job. “

Chaos is occurring even as colleges seek to assure applicants that standardized test scores will be optional this year. About 350 people have made the declaration since the start of the pandemic, including big names such as Northwestern, Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

But parents and students interviewed by the Tribune do not buy it. They are still convinced that the lack of a good score will be a disadvantage in a competitive school.

Here are three things that happened this weekend in connection with COVID-19.


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