Coronavirus In Illinois: What You Need To Know On Wednesday, April 8

WBBM Newsradio Staff
April 08, 2020 - 7:58 am

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Illinois on Wednesday, April 8, 2020: 

  • A member of Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker's staff has tested positive for COVID-19, the Governor announced Tuesday. The unidentified staff member is isolating at home after becoming unwell March 26 at the governor's office, Pritzker said. Everyone else was sent home, and the governor's office at the Thompson Center was deep-cleaned for several hours, Pritkzer said. MORE DETAILS.

  • NEW NUMBERS: Illinois reported Tuesday 73 new deaths related to COVID-19, the biggest daily spike in the state's number of fatalities. The state's total number of cases is now 13,549, including 380 deaths, said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike. READ MORE HERE.

  • A Chicago firefighter died Tuesday evening after a battle with the coronavirus. Firefighter Mario Araujo, 49, was a proud member of CFD Truck Company 25, which operates out of Engine 102 in Rogers Park on the North Side. DETAILS HERE.

  • Several dozen members of the Chicago Fire Department have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the department to 46. Of those, nine employees have returned to duty as of Tuesday, and another 18 department employees are currently quarantined after a confirmed exposure to the coronavirus. READ MORE HERE.

  • Chicago Police Department announced Monday 17 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the department, raising the number of cases to 112. Of the cases, 108 are officers and four are civilian employees. MORE DETAILS HERE.

  • Influential folk-country musician John Prine, a Maywood native who worked as a mailman before finding fame as a singer-songwriter in the early-1970s, has died of COVID-19 complications. The Grammy-winning artist was 73. MORE DETAILS.

  • The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed Tuesday that 46 more people have died of coronavirus-related causes, including a 32-year-old woman who had no other conditions that contributed to her death. DETAILS HERE.

  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot is warning Chicago that the end, as far as the coronavirus crisis is concerned, is not near. She said she thinks it will be some time before Chicago is out from under coronavirus restrictions. READ MORE HERE.

  • Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is self-isolating after a member of her protection detail contracted COVID-19, her office announced Wednesday morning. DETAILS HERE.

  • Mayor Lightfoot signed Tuesday an executive order explicitly ensuring that all benefits, opportunities, and services provided or administered by the City of Chicago are accessible to all residents, regardless of birth country or current citizenship status. This makes formal what she said verbally all along. READ MORE HERE.

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