Coronavirus In Illinois: What You Need To Know On Thursday, April 9

WBBM Newsradio Staff
April 09, 2020 - 7:46 am

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Illinois on Thursday, April 9, 2020: 

  • Gov. Pritzker on Wednesday said the state has fallen far short of his goal of doing 10,000 tests per day to detect the novel coronavirus. Pritzker said there have been issues with the tests his administration had been developing with a biotech company. The output from machines hasn't met expecations and sometimes the results are not reliable, he said.Currently, the state of Illinois is doing a little more than 6,000 tests a day. MORE DETAILS.
  • NEW NUMBERS: Illinois reported the state's biggest daily jump in the number of COVID-19 cases. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,529 new cases, including 82 deaths. That takes the state's overall known total to 15,078 cases, including 462 deaths. READ MORE HERE.
  • At least 150 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in 20 nursing homes across north suburban Lake County. DETAILS HERE.
  • Chicago police announced Wednesday 22 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the department, raising the number of cases to 134. Of the cases, 128 are officers and six are civilian employees. MORE DETAILS HERE.
  • The Cook County medical examiner’s office announced Wednesday that 32 more people had died of causes related to the coronavirus, raising the county’s total to 323. DETAILS HERE.
  • The Chicago Transit Authority announced Thursday new rear-door boarding and operational changes for buses beginning Thursday, April 9. MORE DETAILS.
  • The Centers for Disease Control is shedding new light on how COVID-19 spread in Chicago. In February and March 2020, the Chicago Department of Public Health investigated a large, multi-family cluster of COVID-19. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 and their close contacts were interviewed to better understand the non-household, community transmission of COVID-19. It was found that it all began with a take-out meal. READ MORE HERE.
  • Cardinal Blase Cupich is preparing for the Chicago Catholic Church’s first Easter in modern history without people in the pews, because of the coronavirus pandemic. DETAILS HERE.
  • The Adler Planetarium is using its 3-D printers to make personal protective equipment -- face shields for first-responders. READ MORE HERE.
  • Mayor Lightfoot also announced the death of two more city employees to COVID-19. The first being Chicago firefighter Mario Araujo, a veteran of the department for nearly 17 years and longtime member of Truck 25. The second was a member of Department of Assets, Information and Services (AIS), who also served the City of Chicago for many years. 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 announced Wednesday a curfew on liquor sales in Chicago for the remainder of the stay-at-home order. The curfew begins Thursday, April 9 and bans liquor sales after 9 p.m. in the City of Chicago. READ MORE HERE.

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