Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Multi-phase plan to reopen the state

[VIDEO] Im glad to see this plan from Gov. J.B. Pritzker as far as reopening this state. Illinois is a far more diverse state and there is a lot more to our state than the Chicago area. Chicago and Cook County - also certainly the collar counties - are more of a hotspot that other parts of the state. And 97 of the state's 102 counties have reported cases so far

I would recommend you check out the governor's remarks from Tuesday as he discusses his regional phased reopening plan.

There were some challenges by two downstate legislators and another by a pastor challenging the governor's' new stay-at-home order which went into effect on May 1, 2020. Here it is in full. There was a ruling by a federal judge on Monday declaring the governor's executive order as constitutional which involved the lawsuit by a pastor in Illinois

I do want to address this video many of you seen from Saturday afternoon in the parking lot at the shopping center on 87th street that contains a Jewel. It was a crowd of people standing outside and congregating and evidently a full parking lot. On a typical day with all stores open - although Burlington Coat Factory had recently closed - the lot wouldn't be that full.

I could see this as an act of defiance and the weather is getting warmer people will get restless. However, if encouraging people to stay home will help to get Chicago reopened then I'm definitely for it.

Here's the video below.

I'm as eager as anyone to see the world get back to normal. I've been following the daily numbers of COVID-19 cases to the best of my ability once authorities began taking their steps to flatten the curve. My goal was to be able to determine and admittedly I'm not a statistician to see at what point are we on our downward slope.

Tuesday was so far the highest one day total of coronavirus deaths at 176. While for most of last month coronavirus cases have stayed within the 1,000 to 2,000 range Friday was the highest number of daily cases at 3,137 just as protestors descended at the Thompson Center to protest the extended stay at home order.

I do see in the news that the field hospital created at McCormick Place last month will soon be shut down. As great as it was to have it as there were expectations of many cases of this coronavirus it's a promising sign as far as our hospital capacity at this moment.

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