COVID-19 Pandemic updates for April 10: More than 190 UIC medical students graduate early


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 April 10, 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.

4:41 p.m.

Police officials announced that the Chicago Police Department now has a total of 237 members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 237, 163 are sworn members and seven are civilian members.

2:50 p.m.

Illinois health officials announced Friday that an additional 68 people died due to COVID-19.

The total number of positive cases now sits at 17,887, and the death total is at 596.

2:30 p.m.

A second Chicago police officer has died from COVID-19 complications, the department announced Friday. The news comes after 21-year veteran Marco Di Franco was laid to rest on Thursday.

11:30 a.m.

A restaurant in Bensenville left with a surplus of food due to the cancelation of their annual Easter event will donate nearly 500 meals to the community.

Two Chefs Restaurant & Bar will offer curbside pickup from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11.

The meals will be prepared and ready so they can be easily warmed up for families on Easter Sunday. 

10:40 a.m.

UIC said Friday 192 medical students have graduated early to help in the fight against COVID-19. Among the early graduates, one-third have been matched to residency programs in Illinois.

“This will help meet the growing demand for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the college is joining other medical schools across the country in sending our graduating students into the world early,” said Dr. Mark Rosenblatt, Executive Dean, University of Illinois College of Medicine.

10:10 a.m.

State Farm said it will return $2 billion in premiums to auto insurance customers as more motorists stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Policyholders will see a 25% credit for April and May.

9:12 a.m.

COVID-19 related deaths in Indiana climbed to 300, state health officials announced Friday.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will hold his daily news conference at 1:30 p.m. CT. You can watch it courtesy our Fort Wayne, Indiana sister station WANE-TV here.


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