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Across Illinois, cases of coronavirus continue to spread despite weeks of home stay across the state.
With estimates the state will peak this month, patient influx threatens to overwhelm hospitals in Chicago and Illinois, prompting authorities to take extreme preparations to help relieve pressure from healthcare facilities. health. Meanwhile, a lack of protective equipment and testing power has sparked a war of words between the Governor of Illinois and President Donald Trump.
State and city officials fear warming temperatures expected this week could lead to increased outdoor gatherings and stay-at-home breaches that could hamper efforts to slow the spread of the virus.
Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus crisis this week (starting April 5):
McDonald’s donates one million masks to Illinois, company announces
McDonald’s will donate one million N95 masks in Illinois as the state battles an increasing number of coronavirus cases, the fast food chain announced on Monday.
The masks will go first to first responders and health care professionals “in our hometown and home state where essential protective equipment is scarce,” McDonald’s said in a statement.
Of the million masks, 750,000 will be distributed in Chicago, where the company’s global headquarters are located, and another 250,000 will go to the rest of the state.
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Chicago opens shelters for new homeless in coronavirus crisis
Chicago has opened shelters in five new locations to accommodate the homeless while the city grapples with the Covid pandemic 19.
The number of homeless people in the city is expected to increase after a state-imposed stay-at-home order forced more people out of work. Lisa Morrison Butler, head of the Chicago Department of Family Services and Support, said the country’s third city is working to “decompress” generally full shelters.
Illinois Bans Activities In State Parks Due To Virus Outbreak
Illinois has banned all activities in state parks, fishing and wildlife areas, recreation areas and historic sites in another move to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Colleen Callahan, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said in a statement that hunters and fishermen are not allowed to receive refunds on state licenses or license transfers due to guidelines administrative under the state wildlife code.
Nearly 900 new cases of coronavirus reported in Illinois
One day after more than 1,400 cases were reported statewide, Illinois reported a total of 899 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday.
A total of 11,256 people have been diagnosed with the disease since the start of the pandemic. A total of 71 counties are now reporting virus cases, and three other counties are reporting their first cases on Sunday.
The state has also confirmed 31 additional deaths from the virus. 19 of these deaths occurred in Cook County, with DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Lake and Will counties also reporting deaths.
Employees of 2 target stores in Chicago test positive for coronavirus
Target announced this weekend that employees at two of its Chicago branches have tested positive for coronavirus.
According to the company, an employee at the South Loop store and an employee at the Near North store tested positive for the virus.
The two employees will continue to be paid when they recover from the virus, the company said in a press release.
Lori Marie Key, a nurse at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, Michigan, sings “Amazing Grace” during a shift change.