IDPH continues to investigate infant’s death: COVID-19 Pandemic March 31 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 31, 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.

5:40 p.m.

IDPH said it’s still trying to sort out how much of a role COVID-19 played in the death of a Chicago infant.

  WGN News reached the 9-month-old’s family who said the baby boy had no symptoms before his death last week.

The CDC has requested a tissue sample from the child for testing.

The medical examiner has yet to conclude on the cause of the little boy’s death.

 “It’s an exhaustive investigations,” IDPH’s Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “They’re looking at all the medical records of the child that can hopefully give us an clue toward this unfortunate outcome.”

  City and state officials previously said the child was the youngest person known to have died from the virus anywhere in the world.

2:34 p.m.

Attention small business owners: applications are now open for $100 million in low-interest loans through Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund, The fund will provide immediate stopgap relief to thousands of small businesses in Chicago that are experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Apply for the loans at

2:23 p.m.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to hold his daily news conference at 2:30 p.m. He is expected to extend the stay-at-home order until April 30. You can watch the news conference on WGN-TV and

1:37 p.m.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker shared some positive news on Twitter prior to his daily 2:30 p.m. news conference: 5,000,000 units of personal protective equipment & other supplies were donated from hundreds of corporations, small businesses, organizations & individuals.

9:15 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Tuesday a state total of 2,159 coronavirus cases and 49 deaths.

9 a.m.

(AP) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the Cave-in-Rock Ferry that links Kentucky and Illinois is expected to remain closed until sometime Wednesday. The ferry closed Thursday, when floodwaters covered Kentucky 91 at the Kentucky Landing. It had been expected to reopen Monday. The Cave-In-Rock Ferry connects Kentucky 91 with Illinois Route 1 across the Ohio River between Crittenden County, Kentucky, and Hardin County, Illinois. It carries about 500 vehicles across the Ohio River during an average day.

8:40 a.m.

Lake County entities turned in a stockpile of supplies, which the county will give to local long-term care facilities.

8:05 a.m.

Iconic Chicago steakhouse Gene & Georgetti is reopening for carry-out, curbside pickup and delivery Tuesday. The restaurant will offer its full menu along with family-style dinner packages, boxed lunches, meal kits with family recipes and pantry essentials. More info at:

7:15 a.m.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants Prepares 50K Employee Meals Per Week

During the pandemic, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is supporting its 5,000 employees by providing them with daily lunch and dinner. Cooper’s Hawk, which has over 40 locations across the U.S., said they produced 50,000 meals in the first week.

They are also offering carry-out options. More info here:


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