Coronavirus Chicago updates for April 23: Free, reusable masks distributed to residents in Northbrook

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Information in the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving rapidly, so to help keep WGN viewers informed with the latest updates, follow our live blog for April 23, 2020.

These updates will mostly focus on the Chicago area, but will include some national and international news as well.

Newest updates are at the top of this post.

1:20 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young said Thursday Indiana will receive $11.5 million for COVID-19 testing and surveillance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Indiana has received a total of $26.3 million from the CDC as of April 23.

12:40 p.m.

In Northbrook, a village-wide executive order that requires people to cover their face is in effect. It applies to anyone over 5-years-old who is shopping or working at an essential business. It also affects anyone on public transportation, in taxis or ride-share vehicles.

The village is giving away free, reusable masks Thursday, to residents while supplies last. It is happening at a drive-thru distribution site, at Woodlawn and Shermer Roads, until 3 p.m. You can get up to four masks per vehicle with a village sticker.

11:20 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Thursday a state total of 13,039 coronavirus cases and 706 deaths.

8:40 a.m.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot will announce the City’s new COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force at 1 p.m. Thursday.

8:30 a.m.

The first of three virtual town halls will take place for communities that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. These virtual town halls are part of a comprehensive strategy to address the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on African American communities in Chicago. Three priority communities — Austin, Auburn Gresham, and South Shore — are part of this first wave of engagement based on local data that clearly called out for action.

The virtual town hall is hosted by South Shore Works and will air live on their Facebook page (@southshoreworks) from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

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