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 27, 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.
10 additional members of the Chicago Police Department have tested positive for COVID-19. There are now 21 cases total.
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin and Police Chief Kristen Ziman have both tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Kane County Health Department.
Both were tested last Saturday after an Aurora police supervisor tested positive for the virus.
According to a press release, immediate family and staff members of both Irvin and Ziman have been notified and are taking precautionary measures. Their work areas at City Hall and the Aurora Police Department were cleaned and disinfected last week.
During the next week or so, both the mayor and police chief will continue to work with the city’s COVID-19 Task Force safely from home, the press release said.
Illinois health officials announced 488 new COVID-19 cases — including eight deaths — bringing total cases in the state to 3,026.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is set to give his daily update on the COVID-19 crisis in Illinois at 2:30 p.m. You can watch it live in the player above.
McDonald’s just announced plans to donate 400,000 masks to the State of Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb gives an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Horseshoe Hammond Casino donated 1,400 N95 masks to help during the shortage of PPE for healthcare workers.
In a press release, the company said 600 masks were distributed to the first responders for the City of Hammond as well as 600 to Franciscan Healthcare in Hammond. The Hospice of the Calumet Area received 200 masks.
Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped delivery Manny’s to healthcare workers at Chicago hospitals. The former mayor thanked them for all their work amid the pandemic.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced Friday that 38 detainees at Cook County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19.
Indiana health officials say the state is approaching 1,000 positive COVID-19 cases. There have also been a total of 24 deaths in the state.
Exelon and ComEd have announced a $2 million donation to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund.
There are no more openings Friday at the Walmart COVID-19 testing site in Joliet for first responders/health care professionals.
Several members of the Life Church of Glenview have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
About 43 parishioners say they have symptoms of the coronavirus, though only a dozen have been tested. Ten of them are positive.
Starting Monday, U.S. Costco locations will temporarily implement new weekday closing hours. We will close at 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Gas stations will close at 7 p.m.
Weekend hours will remain the same.