Latest updates on COVID-19, government measures in Illinois | March 23

COVID-19 Pandemic

Watch Above: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker gives his daily briefing on COVID-19 in the state

Information in the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving rapidly, so to help keep WGN viewers informed with the latest updates, follow the live blog below for updates on March 23, 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.

3:45 p.m.

1,106 of the state’s 2500 intensive care beds are available. Roughly half of the state’s isolation beds and regular medical and surgical beds are unused. And there are nearly 1600 available ventilators statewide.

Health officials caution that Illinois is nowhere near the peak of this outbreak or the demand on hospitals.

“The incubation period of the virus being about 14 days, any action you take would take a minimum of 14 days or two incubation periods to really see the effect,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.

The National Guard is currently exploring ways to reopen unused health care facilities in case current hospitals can’t handle the influx of patients.

2:51 p.m.

Each Elk Grove Village household will get a $200 credit to their water bill — as part of their $2.8 million relief package. The credit will appear on bills beginning in May. 

Also, annual business licensing fees due June 1, including establishments holding liquor licenses, will be waived for this year. 

For more information, visit Elk Grove Village’s website.

1:15 p.m.

A COVID-19 testing site operated by the Illinois Department of Public Health opened to first responders Monday morning.

Located on Forest Preserve Drive, the site opened at 9 a.m. A line of cars queued up was soon spotted outside the location.

As of 12:45 p.m., no more vehicles were allowed to line up. The site will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

10:50 a.m.

(AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses starting Tuesday due to the coronavirus outbreak. He’s also urging people to stay at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus that has killed four people in the state and infected at least nearly 400. 

10:40 a.m.

(AP) — Indiana health officials are reporting one new death from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths statewide to seven. Gov. Eric Holcomb is planning to make a televised address at noon on Monday to “address the state on the latest developments in slowing the spread of COVID-19.”

10:20 a.m.

Some Montessori schools are offering care for essential workers during COVID-19 closures over the coming weeks. Currently, the following campuses have been confirmed to provide childcare starting Monday, March 23: guidepostmontessori.com

8:50 am

The Joliet Police Department reports the Walmart COVID-19 testing site for First Responders and Healthcare Workers, located at 2424 West Jefferson St in Joliet, is currently full and there are no more openings today.

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