986 new cases reported in Illinois| COVID-19 Pandemic April 1 updates


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 1, 2020.

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

A full list and explanation of the stay-at-home order and essential businesses is available here.

Newest updates are at the top of this post.

9 p.m.

A group of neighbors in suburban Woodstock coordinated a parade, following social distancing guidelines, to entertain and raise money for first responders.

Anyone interested in donating can do so at their GoFundMe page.

4:45 p.m.

A  new Arts for Illinois relief fund has been established to provide financial assistance to artists and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19.

It’s a partnership between Chicago, the state and the philanthropic community.

It’s estimated the art community throughout the state will lose $84 million through the end of April.

Illinois First Lady MW Pritzker and Chicago First Lady Amy Eshleman are serving as co-chairs of the project.

2:45 pm.

Health officials say 986 new cases of COVID-19 and 42 additional deaths related to the virus have been confirmed in Illinois as of Wednesday, representing a 42 percent jump in the number of fatalities from figures made available by the state a day earlier.

1:31 p.m.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb held his daily news conference at 1:30 p.m.

1:12 p.m.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the first death of a City of Chicago employee from COVID-19. Lightfoot declined to further identify this person, only to say the employee was longstanding and beloved by colleagues.

“This sobering moment should remind us that the numbers that we report every day are not mere statistics, they are people whose lives have been forever changed, and a network of people, connected by crisis, who need us to do everything we can every day to save lives,” Lightfoot said at Wednesday’s news conference. “This disease is deadly, it does not discriminate and no one is immune.”

12:05 p.m.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot will hold a news conference’s on Chicago’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic at 1 p.m. We will stream it live here on wgntv.com and on WGN-TV.

11:45 a.m.

A Joliet police officer tested positive for COVID-19. Police said the officer began experiencing symptoms last week, and got tested at the area Walmart testing facility. While awaiting test results, the officer self-quarantined.

Police said the officer is doing well, and so far hasn’t had any serious complications from the virus or needed hospitalization. No other cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the department.

Joliet is located in Will County, which as of Tuesday, has over 2000 cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths.

9:20 a.m.

Another resident of a Willowbrook nursing home has died after contracting COVID-19. A woman in her 70s is the sixth person at the Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to die from the virus. The unidentified woman did have underlying medical conditions. There has been 49 confirmed cases at the nursing home, including 16 staff members.

9:15 a.m.

Applications are open for the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, a partnership between the City of Chicago, State of Illinois and the philanthropic community. This fund provides financial assistance to artists, artisans, and cultural organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Interested individuals and organizations can apply now at www.artsforillinois.org

9 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Monday a state total of 2,565 coronavirus cases and 65 deaths.

8:50 a.m.

Saint Sabina will partner with Ms. Delois Willis, who is a nurse herself, to provide 150 box lunches each to Mercy Hospital, Saint Bernard Hospital, Jackson Park Hospital, and Roseland Hospital. 

8:27 a.m.

Two hospitals in Chicago will help test the effectiveness of the anti-viral drug Remdesivir against the coronavirus.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital has already given the drug to an 89-year-old patient. University of Illinois Hospital already has at least four participants.

The test will be performed on patients with advanced disease or lung problems, and who are on oxygen or ventilators.

A total of 75 sites nationally will test the drug. Results should be known in two months or less.

More on this story from WGN’s Medical Watch team.

8:15 a.m.

The mayor of suburban New Lenox went to ever big box store in the area to make sure they were abiding by social distancing guidelines. Photos from his visits were posted to the Village of New Lenox Facebook page:

7:30 a.m.

Folks who live in the South Loop are giving quite a shout-out to the nation’s healthcare heroes. Take a listen.

The symphony of voices, horns, and pots and pans, takes place every night around 8 p.m.

It’s meant to show support for the doctors, nurses and other people on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you listen, you can hear the same support in other neighborhoods.


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