COVID-19 Pandemic April 3 update: 2 employees at Evergreen Park Walmart die

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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 3, 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.

4 p.m.

Walmart confirmed Friday that two employees at their Evergreen Park store have died of COVID-19.

The company issued a statement saying neither employee had been at work in more than a week.

The store is open and Walmart said it has been through a deep cleaning and sanitizing.

The company has not said if any other employees at that location have been infected.

The identities of those who died have not been released.

3:50 p.m.

The COO of the Cook County Department of Public Health, Dr. Terry Mason, has reportedly been terminated.

2:26 p.m.

The COVID-19 test site on Forest Preserve Drive has increased the daily testing quota and expanded the scope of people who can be tested, according to Chicago Fire Department officials.

Beginning Saturday, testing will begin each day at 7:30 a.m., seven days a week.

The site will test anyone over the age of 18 who exhibits symptoms that may indicate a COVID-19 infection, officials said.

The site will also test anyone over the age of 60 with underlying medical issues such as respiratory problems and diabetes — with or without symptoms of COVID-19.

1:25 p.m.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to hold his daily news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic at 1:30 p.m. It will be streamed live in the player above.

Earlier Friday, Indiana health officials announced a state total of 3,437 coronavirus cases and 102 deaths.

12:30 p.m.

(AP) — Illinois has barred all activities at state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites in another move to stem the spread of the coronavirus. 

11 a.m.

The city of Northlake has been notified the coronavirus drive-thru testing site located at Walmart will be closing effective late Friday.

The Northlake site with be consolidated with the Walmart site in Joliet, located at 2424 W. Jefferson St., according to the Northlake Police Department.

For the latest on COVID-19 testing locations in Chicagoland, go to wgntv.com/testing.

10:36 a.m.

Chicago Police Interim Superintendent Charlie Beck announced the COVID-19 related death of Officer Marco Di Franco will be considered line of duty.

9:30 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Friday a state total of 3,437 coronavirus cases and 102 deaths.

9:15 a.m.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined Chicago Police Interim Superintendent Charlie Beck and Chief David Brown on Friday, to thank the more than 100 donors that have supported Chicago’s police officers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Over the past several weeks, businesses, restaurants, schools and non-profit organizations from across the city generously donated hundreds of pieces of protective gear, cleaning supplies and free meals to further help officers stay safe and healthy as they continue to serve Chicago’s residents.

8:30 a.m.

Today, Fall Out Boy is announcing a $100,000 donation from the Fall Out Boy Fund to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.
 
The fund is a partnership between the City of Chicago and United Way of Metro Chicago to unite the funds raised by Chicago’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to swiftly deploy resources to agencies that have immediate capacity to reach individuals and families disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to: food banks, food for students who normally get their meals through Chicago Public Schools, and direct monetary support for those who have suffered loss of income and jobs. For more information or to make a direct donation, click HERE.

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