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 6, 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.
Community Action Partnership of Lake County is accepting applications for utility bill payment assistance. Those who have not already received assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program may be eligible for a payment toward gas and electricity bills. Also, anyone who recently have experienced income loss or reduction may be eligible.
Residents can call (847) 249-4330. Ask to be transferred to a client service representative and an application will be completed by phone.
More information at https://caplakecounty.org/
Two members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra used Facebook and the power of music to express feelings of compassion, strength and hope during these trying times.
Pianist Craig Terry and cellist Kenneth Olsen played a soulful version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb extended the state’s stay-at-home order for two more weeks. His office posted FAQs about the stay-at-home order here.
1,006 new cases of COVID-19 are now reported in Illinois. The total is now 12,262. The death toll is now at 307 statewide with 33 additional deaths reported Monday.
Chicago is launching a health campaign focused on the city’s black and brown communities as data shows a disproportionate number of African American residents have died of COVID-19 complications. More here.
Allstate is helping out its policyholders during the pandemic. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago-area insurer will offer a “shelter-in-place payback” to all Allstate, Esurance and Encompass customers.
It total, the company will return $600 million in auto insurance premiums to its customers, Tribune reports.
Most policyholders will receive 15% of their monthly premium in April and May as a credit to their bank account, credit cards or on their Allstate account.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued an executive order to delay the state’s scheduled Tuesday presidential primary election for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Full story here.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say 12 more COVID-19 deaths have driven Indiana’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic to 139, while the total number of cases approaches 5,000,
The Indiana State Department of Health said Monday that with 536 new cases confirmed, the total number of Indiana residents known to have the coronavirus has risen to 4,944. Central Indiana had more than half of the new cases.
Marion County, home to Indianapolis, had the most new cases at 204, while adjacent Hamilton County had 35. Elsewhere, Lake County had 34 new cases and adjacent Porter County had 20.
A second prisoner at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill has died from COVID-19. Ronald Rice was 66-years-old and died while being treated at Morris Hospital. Six days earlier, prison officials announced the first inmate death from the virus at the prison. There are currently 60 positive cases there.