Coronavirus Chicago updates for April 28: Indiana announces state total of 16,588 cases, 901 deaths

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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 28, 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.

3:45 p.m.

There are currently only nine people being treated at the alternate care site at McCormick Place. The facility can hold as many as 1,000 patients.

State officials previously announced plans to scale back the 3,000 patient beds planned for the facility since local hospitals have been generally able to handle capacity.

Construction has been completed at four other alternate care facilities in Illinois, including locations in Elgin and Blue Island.

Currently none have received any patients.

11:30 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Monday a state total of 16,588 cases and 901 deaths.

9:20 a.m.

Vernon Township is giving away free face masks, but it only has a limited supply. Residents of the communities listed below can register on the township’s website. Drive-thru pick-up will be held Wednesday morning at the township building in Buffalo Grove. Three-thousand disposable adult-sized masks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

8:45 a.m.

Illinois National Guardsmen have finished their work at developmental centers in Park Forest and Kankakee.

The guard sent medical personnel to help with COVID-19 screenings at the Ludeman Center and the Shapiro Developmental Center, but now the state has lined up certified nursing assistants and other medical personnel to take over.

More than five dozen airmen may return to their regular duties.

7:30 a.m.

Walgreens is expanding its drive-thru testing for COVID-19. Walgreens said it’s working with government and health leaders to focus on under-served communities. The goal is to test 50,000 people a day across the country.

CVS also said it will offer drive-thru testing at up to 1,000 locations soon. It hopes to test 1.5 million people a month.

7 a.m.

The YMCA, in partnership with Instituto Del Progreso Latino, will provide essential workers in Pilsen, Little Village and Brighton Park with child care. Workers can drop off their kids at Instituto’s facility on Western Avenue in Pilsen.

Parents must apply for state assistance to get the free child care. The YMCA said it will implement measures, including taking temperatures and eliminating large group activities to protect kids, parents and staff from COVID-19.

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