COVID-19 Pandemic March 28 updates


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 28, 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.

7:45 p.m.

51 new cases of COVID-19 between detainees at Cook County Jail were reported Saturday night. Additionally, 12 employees have contracted the virus.

7:15 p.m.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned to the United States after going into self-quarantine in Australia.

6:05 p.m.

The McHenry County Department of Health announces its first case of COVID-19 in a McHenry County long-term care facility.

MCDH received the positive test result on Saturday. The long-term care resident is currently hospitalized and in isolation.

5:30 p.m.

The United Center is hosting a PPE drive Sunday afternoon to gather supplies for the medical community.

4:20 p.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 251 new cases of COVID-19 in Indiana since Friday. That brings the state’s total to 1,232.

So far, 31 people have died from COVID-19 in Indiana.

3:55 p.m.

Beginning Monday, March 30, the Will County Health Department will continue operations but will close its doors to both clients and staff. 

“For the safety of our clients and staff, and due to the number of Coronavirus cases we are working on, we have decided it is safest to work remotely,” said WCHD Executive Director Sue Olenek. 

2:40 p.m.

An infant in Cook County with COVID-19 has died, Gov. Pritzker announced during his daily update on Saturday. 465 new cases and 13 additional deaths were reported.

1 p.m.

The Chicago Tribune reports that health officials said a Chicagoan under 18 years old has died from COVID-19.

So far, 12 Chicago residents have died from the virus. There are currently 1,489 cases in the city.

For the latest data, visit

10 a.m.

The Sophy Hyde Park, 1411 E 54rd Street hotel plans to close to the public Friday and open free of charge to University of Chicago Medical Center staff.

“This will be a place for staff to rest and relax between long shifts,” hotel spokeswoman Gayle Conran said. The hotel is about a mile from the hospital

7:30 a.m.

McCormick Place is being turned into a makeshift hospital to treat COVID-19 patients.

The Army Corps of Engineers said it will have 3,000 beds and that all three halls of the convention center will be used.

Patients will be separated by the level of care they require.

The hospital is expected to be up and running by April 24.

A similar facility is opening on Monday, at a convention center in New York.

7 a.m.

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide topped 600,000 on Saturday as new cases stacked up quickly in Europe and the United States and officials dug in for a long fight against the pandemic.

The latest landmark came only two days after the world passed half a million infections, according to a tally by John Hopkins University, showing that much work remains to be done to slow the spread of the virus. It showed more than 607,000 cases and a total of over 28,000 deaths.

– The Associated Press


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