Coronavirus Chicago updates for April 27: Nursing home workers to announce results of strike vote

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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 27, 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.

1:15 p.m.

Representatives of more than 10,000 nursing home workers in Illinois will announce the results of a strike vote Monday afternoon. Voting has been going on at 100 nursing homes across the state. The workers accuse nursing home owners of failing to address the need for improved personal protective equipment, enhanced safety protocols, hazard pay and other issues linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

12:35 p.m.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago announced Monday a collaboration to provide emergency child care services at no cost to essential workers in Pilsen, Little Village, and Brighton Park.

The Y will begin offering the emergency child care assistance on Monday, April 27, out of the Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy at 2520 South Western Avenue.

Parents can drop off their children for the day as early as 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

To keep children and staff safe, the Y said it has put in place precautionary measures following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to ensure social distancing is practiced consistently throughout the day.

12:20 p.m.

The alderman of Chicago’s 25th Ward, which includes most of the Pilsen neighborhood, has set-up an emergency fund for families financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The goal is to raise more than $100,000 for the fund in the coming days.

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez donated his own stimulus check. Qualified applicants can receive up to $1,000, depending on need, until the fund runs out. You can apply online, or by phone, at the 25th Ward office.

11:20 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Monday a state total of 15,961 cases and 844 deaths.

8:45 a.m.

There’s a projection that says we could be about three weeks away from when Illinois can start relaxing restrictions.

Research from the University of Washington said that could happen on May 19, the Chicago Tribune reports. However, it depends on how well the state performs at widespread testing, contact tracing, isolating cases and limiting large gatherings.

The research says the date will likely change as more information comes in.

It also says some states should not ease restrictions until late June and mid-July.

7:10 a.m.

A new COVID-19 testing site will open Monday on the West Side. Loretto Hospital, located at 645 S Central Ave., will provide free tests to anyone with symptoms or people who’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive. All health care workers and first responders can be tested, whether they have symptoms or not.

The site will conduct nasal testing and provide the results within 72-hours. Both drive-up and walk-in options area available. Testing starts at 9 a.m.

7 a.m.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot will join CDPH Commissioner Dr. Arwady to launch the new “Chi COVID Coach” Health App, a mobile-friendly, web-based application to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. This forward-thinking app will allow CDPH to communicate directly with Chicago residents who may be COVID-19 positive or experiencing symptoms, providing them with important information and guidance. A press conference with the mayor will be held at 1 p.m.

6:45 a.m.

National Nurses United to hold a press conference at Stroger Hospital, 1969 Ogden Ave., at 8 p.m. addressing the lack of personal protective equipment and the high number of COVID-19 infections among the nurses, registered nurses at Stroger Hospital.

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