Illinois tops 10,000 cases | COVID-19 Pandemic April 4 updates

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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 4, 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.

8:15 p.m.

The Kenosha County Joint Information Center announced Kenosha County’s first COVID-19-related death, recorded today.

7:20 p.m.

A business on the North Side dedicated to performance fitness wear has answered the call to help first responders.

John Okon is shifting part of his small business Sweatvac, located in the 4300 block of North Lincoln Avenue, in order to pay it forward.

6:15 p.m.

Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton reinstated the liquor license of Walmart after he said the store lied to him. Sexton said he called the store after social media posts showed two employees falling ill from COVID-19. They later died.

5:00 p.m.

The Salvation Army is one of several organizations making sure people have food and other supplies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The food drive is taking place every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 316 Douglas Ave. in Elgin. 

4:15 p.m.

Lurie Children’s Hospital is loaning out ventilators to other hospitals to join the fight against COVID-19.

2:30 p.m.

Illinois has topped 10,000 COVID-19 cases with the announcement of 1,453 new cases Saturday. 33 deaths were reported, bringing the state’s total to 243.

10:30 a.m.

WBEZ reported that a seventh resident at the Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in suburban Willowbrook has died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Earlier in March, 46 people tested positive for COVID-19.

8:15 a.m.

Target and Walmart will start to limit the number of customers that can be in the store at the same time.

Target said it will keep track of the number of people going in and out. The number of people allowed in will be determined by the location and size of the store.

Walmart will also regulate store entry. Starting Saturday, stores will allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square foot area. Walmart says that’s roughly 20% of a store’s capacity.

7:30 a.m.

Testing was expanded at a COVID-19 testing site in the city’s Dunning neighborhood.

Double of tests can be done at 6959 Forest Preserve Dr. Now 500 people can be tested. First responders and medical personal are guaranteed a test, but others can be tested as well with some guidelines.

Health care workers and first responders can be tested without showing symptoms.

Officials are urging those without symptoms to not get tested.

6:57 a.m.

The U.S. has surpassed 7,000 deaths and some state leaders say there’s still a lot they’re missing in the battle against the coronavirus.

As cases rise, testing has become crucial in tracking how many Americans have been infected, but states like Illinois say they still don’t have enough.

“Everything about the tests are very difficult to come by, and there’s no federal plan for this so every state is on their own — as I’ve said it’s the wild West out here,” Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said.

According to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of US coronavirus cases, there have been at least 277,953 Americans infected.

— CNN Wire

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