Over 11K coronavirus cases confirmed in Illinois | COVID-19 updates for April 5

Watch Live Above: Governor JB Pritzker and health officials give update on the spread of COVID-19 in Illinois, state measures

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 5, 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.

9:30 p.m.

The Archdiocese of Chicago says Catholics can find a way other than taking communion to observe Easter as churches remain closed due to coronavirus concerns.

3 p.m.

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere.

2:30 p.m.

State health officials confirmed 899 new cases of COVID-19 and 31 additional coronavirus-related deaths in Illinois Sunday, bringing the overall state totals up to 11,256 cases and 274 deaths.

1:05 p.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health has reported 11 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state’s total to 127 deaths.

There are 464 new cases of COVID-19 in Indiana, which brings the state’s total to 4,411.

12:40 p.m.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says there a very good chance the new coronavirus “will assume a seasonal nature” because it is unlikely to be under control globally.

11:30 a.m.

Chicago police have shared a picture of Officer Marco DiFranco, who passed away from COVID-19. His death was ruled a line of duty death.

10:45 a.m.

Target has confirmed that an employee at its South Loop location and an employee at its Near North location has tested positive for COVID-19.

9:15 a.m.

The bodies of a suburban Chicago man and a woman were found inside a residence in what authorities say was a murder-suicide that was apparently prompted by the man’s concern that the two of them had contracted the coronavirus.

8:00 a.m.

Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, which he said should focus people’s attention on what’s most important, despite heavy hearts — using one’s life to serve others.

6:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump is warning that the country could be headed into its “toughest” weeks yet as the coronavirus death toll mounts, but at the same time he expressed growing impatience with social distancing guidelines and said he’s eager to get the country reopened and its stalled economy back on track.


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