Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Coronavirus updates #COVID19

I don't want to share too many stats with you on this. We already get daily updates if you follow the news especially from the federal and state gov't. We now have 330 new cases of coronavirus the statewide total is now 1,865 across 35 of Illinois' 102 counties.

EDIT: According to the IL Dept. of Public Health there are now 19 deaths from the coronavirus which should include the the three other deaths reported today. Among the three deaths one was in Cook County.

Three more counties reportedly have coronavirus cases this time Douglas, Marshall, and Morgan counties.
Also noted that two correction officers and one inmate at Stateville has tested positive for coronavirus. We got a lot of people out there still working and their not just in retail or medicine. I'm referring to our first responders especially the police and fire. There was news that someone walked into a police station here in the city and coughed, that's a very petty and irresponsible prank if there was one. I'm glad he was arrested for his trouble.

Also Mayor Lori Lightfoot is threatening to shut down city parks & lakefront urging Chicagoans to abide by the state stay-at-home order which is in effect through April 7, 2020. People still aren't practicing social distancing during this critical time.

Also another CTA bus driver and a motorman - sorry train operator or conductor - have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The employees, a bus driver and train conductor, work out of the 77th Bus Garage and 95th Street Terminal, respectively, the CTA said.

The CTA said they have been in communication with the employees and those who may have had direct contact with them. The transit authority did not disclose the conditions of the two employees.

Both facilities will remain open, the CTA said.

“CTA conducts regular, robust cleaning of railcars, buses and stations. Vehicles and stations are cleaned and disinfected daily, and vehicles also received regular deep cleanings,” the transit authority said in a statement. City health officials have reviewed CTA’s cleaning plan and say current procedures are adequate; no changes are recommended at this point.​”
For those of us concerned about paying our taxes the federal gov't have extended the deadline into the summer, what about the state gov't. I think this news came out when Gov. Pritzker gave his usual daily update on the state's coronavirus response. This is from the Governor's twitter account.
If you've already filed refunds will still be processed by state gov't at least.

As always be careful, be safe, and be well!

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