COVID-19 pandemic March 24 updates: Aurora, Crystal Lake confirm COVID-19 related deaths

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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 March 24, 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.

5:15 p.m.

 The McHenry County Department of Health announced the death of a 70-year-old Crystal Lake man who tested positive for COVID-19.

At this time, there are 25 confirmed cases in McHenry County.

5 p.m.

Aurora has reported the suburb’s first COVID-19 related death.

The mayor’s office announced a male in his 90s died Monday after being diagnosed just two days prior.

Aurora has three other positives cases, which were confirmed over the weekend, including a woman in her 20s, a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 50s. 

4:25 p.m.

The FAA has reopened the air traffic control tower at Midway Airport, which it closed last week after three workers tested positive for COVID-19.

The control tower was closed on March 17 for cleaning, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Despite the reopening of Midway’s control tower, an Southwest Airlines spokesman said only 80 of the airline’s 220 flights scheduled for departure Tuesday are operating. Some of the cancellations were prompted by the tower’s closing, while others were due to the decline in travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

2:45 p.m.

Illinois health officials announced 250 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois. There are now 1,535 total cases in 32 counties. There are now 16 total COVID-19 related deaths in the state, officials said.

2:30 p.m.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to hold his daily news conference at 2:30 p.m. Stream is live in the player above.

12:22 p.m.

Green City Market has launched a “Virtual Farmers Market” in an effort to support local farmers. More than 20 vendors are offering their goods via delivery or pick-up. Some offerings include maple syrup and maple sugar from Chicago Maple; jams, jellies, granola, pickled mushrooms from River Valley Ranch; and heirloom tomato soups, salsas and broths from Tomato Bliss.

11 am

(AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an order Tuesday closing businesses deemed to be nonessential, ordered no gatherings of any size and placed restrictions on travel across Wisconsin for a month in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

10 am

(AP) — Five more deaths have been reported in Indiana from the coronavirus-related illness, giving the state a total of 12 as a statewide stay-at-home order is about to take effect.

6:52 am

Doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other medical personnel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic will now be able to ride free on Metra by showing their work ID to a Metra conductor. View the news release here: https://bit.ly/399OIkh

6:50 am

Kansas adds 14-day home quarantine to Kansans who have traveled to Illinois or New Jersey on or after March 23

6:30 am

The mayor of Mundelein has COVID-19. Steve Lentz announced at a village board meeting Monday night that he and his wife tested positive for the virus.

6 am

Organizers of the music festival that draws hundreds of thousands of people to Milwaukee’s lakefront each summer has postponed the event for the first time in its 52-year history due to the coronavirus. Summerfest was scheduled to run from June 24 to 29 and June 30 to July 5. 

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