Coronavirus In Illinois: What You Need To Know On Saturday, May 23

WBBM Newsradio Staff
May 23, 2020 - 9:00 am

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Illinois on Saturday, May 23, 2020: 

  • Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday said his administration is working with faith leaders to expand in-person services as President Trump demanded that state governments allow churches to fully reopen. Currently, under the Illinois stay-at-home order, church services cannot have more than 10 people present in a sanctuary. Pritzker said his restrictions are based on science and recommendations from health experts. “We do not want parishioners to get ill because their faith leaders bring them together,” the governor said. READ MORE
  • Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady announced Friday that the city plans to move to Phase 3 of the "Protecting Chicago" framework in early June."Our reopening process will be like slowly turning a dimmer switch, and not flipping a light switch. Yet, while our health metrics don't allow us to transition into Phase 3 as we stand here today, given the trajectory over these past few weeks, I am pleased to announce that we are preparing for Chicago to take the first step in early June. LEARN MORE ABOUT OPENING EFFORTS.
  • NEW NUMBERS: The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,352 new coronavirus cases and 75 new deaths, for a statewide total of 107,796 confirmed cases and 4,790 deaths. 
  • Chicago police announced Thursday three more cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of cases in the department to 533. Of the cases, 506 are officers and 27 are civilian employees. MORE DETAILS HERE.
  • The Morton Arboretum is making some changes in preparation for opening next month. A new entry system aims to control crowds and the Lisle “tree museum” will open only to members for the first two weeks. MORE INFO HERE
  • Don't make outdoor dining plans just yet. Lightfoot doused hopes that bars and restaurants in her city can begin socially distanced, outdoor dining operations on May 29, the date that Gov. JB Pritzker says that option will be permissible. She said operations could begin in early June. READ MORE HERE
  • Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago will broadcast Memorial Day Masses online on Monday. All in-person field Masses at nearly 40 Catholic cemeteries have been cancelled because of COVID-19. The Masses, which will be broadcasted online on Monday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m., will be recorded in three languages, English, Spanish and Polish by Bishop-elect Michael McGovern, Bishop Robert Casey and Bishop Andrew Wypych, respectively and will be available for viewing on the Catholic Cemeteries website. MORE DETAILS HERE.

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