Monday, March 30, 2020

Today's #COVID19 update

Here are today's count of coronavirus cases 461 with 8 deaths. The current totals so far is 5057 cases with 73 deaths. Via Chicago Tribune

According to a press release from the Illinois Dept of Public Health four of those 8 deaths announced earlier today is from Cook county

Also noted in the Tribune:
At his daily press briefing, Pritzker also announced that a COVID-19 field hospital at McCormick Place will have 500 beds available by the end of the week. The alternate care facility will hold 3,000 beds for patients, mostly with mild symptoms who do not require intensive care, the governor said. Construction began on the sprawling convention center over the weekend.

Additionally, Chicago Public Schools’ hundreds of thousands of students will receive daily learning activities as part of a new remote learning plan that is due to start on April 13, the Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced Monday. Officials have laid out a goal of delivering 100,000 electronic devices to its neediest students.
While I know it could be a while before we can be clear of this pandemic, I was rather hoping the executive order enacted earlier this month could be lifted. Unfortunately as with many things during these difficult times an extension is possible according to NBC Chicago:
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday it's something he's considering.

"It is something that we need to consider, whether to extend and if we did, how long," he said during his daily briefing, though he did not indicate when a decision would be made.

Pritzker's press secretary said Sunday the governor "can only do disaster proclamations 30 days at a time."

"I think he's mentioned that he'll follow the experts on extending them," Jordan Abudayyeh said.
Bear in mind it was announced by President Donald Trump over the weekend that federal social distancing guidelines will be continued through the end of April. It's expected that we will hit the peak nationally next month. 

And as always be safe out there.

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