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 25, 2020 below.
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.
Chicago police said there are three more members of the Chicago Police Department who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Officials said one detective and two police officers received positive test results bringing the total number of cases within CPD to nine.
Just hours after Mayor Lightfoot urged Chicago residents to take the stay-at-home order seriously, Chicago police officers began clearing the lakefront.
Squad cars are now at the lakefront and North Avenue.
U.S. Army recruitment centers are switching to virtual communication for anyone wanting to enlist.
“If individuals had ever thought about joining the Army and would like to discuss any potential career opportunities for their future, we are available to talk/text by phone (630-749-8788) or DM on Facebook @ArmyChicago,” a statement said.
The Illinois Dept of Corrections announced facilities are under a “Administrative Quarantine.”
“All correctional facilities, Impact Incarceration Programs, and work camps are currently under Administrative Quarantine with no visits,” a statement said.
Pritzker announced he has postponed Tax Day in Illinois to July 15, 2020.
“Illinois will delay our tax deadline from April 15 to July 15, aligning our tax day with the federal government’s and giving our millions of taxpayers three additional months to file their individual returns,” he said.
Illinois Department of Public Health announced three additional COVID-19 related deaths and 330 new cases.
A Kane County man in his 90s, a Cook County man in his 60s, and a Will County woman in her 50s are among the victims.
A total of 1,865 cases in 35 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years.
The United Center, home to the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, will begin serving as a “logistics hub” for coronavirus response in Chicago, the arena’s management announced Wednesday.
Both the arena and surrounding campus will host food distribution, staging of first responders and collection of medical supplies, they said in a statement.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPD Interim Superintendent Charlie Beck said Wednesday that the city will begin more strict enforcement of the state’s “stay at home” order.
People found congregating would face a citation and $500 fine (after a warning), Beck said, and could even be arrested if they refuse to comply with the order.
They spoke following reports that groups of people were seen gathering on Chicago’s lakefront and even holding house parties, despite “social distancing” guidelines that recommend people avoid groups and maintain a distance of at least six feet in public.
“We will be forced to shut down our parks and the lakefront if people continue to flout these social distancing guidelines,” Lightfoot said.
Chicago police and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are set to announce an increased “stay at home” enforcement after noticing people congregating, mainly along the lakefront and on the city’s west side.
A source told WGN police don’t plan to make arrests, just more actively ask groups to disband.
Lightfoot and CPD will discuss this in more detail in a news conference scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday. You can watch it live here.
Another inmate at Cook County Jail has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total of confirmed cases among inmates to three. Results are pending for 24 detainees who had flu-like symptoms.
In addition, two correctional officers have contracted the virus. Officials said the jail compound is undergoing regular cleaning and disinfecting.
Concerns of COVID-19 spreading through the jail have already led to the release of several detainees.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has prepared barracks to be used as a hospital or isolation housing for detainees with COVID-19.
(AP) — Two more deaths from illness related to the coronavirus have been reported in Indiana, giving the state a total of 14 deaths as a statewide stay-at-home order took effect to limit the spread of the virus.
Come Friday, the 1500 room Hilton Chicago will suspend operations indefinitely. Among the hotels already closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are the 21c Museum Hotel, The Ace, Loews, Virgin, The Hoxton, Omni, Four Seasons, Chicago Athlete Association, Park Hyatt, Peninsula and the Hotel Zachary.
A staff member at West Leyden High School in Northlake, Illinois has tested positive for COVID-19, the district superintendent announced Wednesday. The vast majority of the school and the district is considered at “low risk” for being potentially exposed to the virus, according to the announcement. Those individual students or staff members who we believe were in close contact with the staff member are receiving an additional communication identifying them as a “medium risk” for exposure.
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