Art Institute Lions, Picasso get masks of their own | Coronavirus in Chicago updates for April 30


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 30, 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.

Watch Above: Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces a restructuring of Chicago Police Department’s “Operation Areas,” as well as the latest on coronavirus in the city on Thursday afternoon

11:40 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Thursday a state total of 17,835 cases and 1,007 deaths.

10:20 a.m.

U of C doctors will hold a Facebook Q&A Thursday on how to safely seek health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Surgeon-in-chief Dr. Jeff Matthews and associate chief medical officer Dr. Sachin Shah will host the live event at 12:30 p.m.

10 a.m.

Crews are installing masks to two Chicago icons Thursday morning: the Art Institute lions and the Daley Center Picasso. Gov. JB Pritzker required Illinoisans to begin wearing face masks in public beginning Friday, May 1.

8:40 a.m.

A fourth CTA employee has died with COVID-19. The employee worked in the agency’s technology department. The CTA has not yet released a name.

CTA President Dorval Carter extended sympathies to family and friends, and said the worker was part of the fabric of the organization for more than two decades.

8:20 a.m.

The city of Chicago will host a webinar Thursday to help businesses navigate the new stay-at-home order, which begins Friday.

The modified order will allow more businesses to reopen, but with certain restrictions in place.

The webinar is set to begin at 4 p.m. and will be hosted by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Additional webinars on the Recovery Grant will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Spanish and 2:00 p.m. in English.

To register for any of the webinars, click here.


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