Coronavirus In Illinois: What You Need To Know On Tuesday, May 26

WBBM Newsradio Staff
May 26, 2020 - 8:29 am

    (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Illinois on Tuesday, May 26, 2020: 

    • With coronavirus-related restrictions set to be loosened this week in almost all of Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday released his most detailed guidelines yet for businesses and organizations planning to reopen. The Democrat's administration also issued a toolkit for businesses, with posters, signage and checklists to help businesses implement the new safety guidelines. MORE DETAILS HERE.
    • NEW NUMBERS: The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,713 new cases and 31 deaths. That takes the state's overall known total to 112,017 cases, including 4,884 deaths. READ MORE HERE.
    • Terrified you will contract COVID-19? Feeling down, lonely and wondering when you’ll be able to safely see your friends in person again? Northwestern University said a new collection of mobile apps significantly reduces anxiety and depression among those worried about the coronavirus. A new study, published May 20 in JAMA Psychiatry, states the collection of mobile apps called Intellicare offer special content to help people reduce the stress and anxiety of dealing with the pandemic. MORE DETAILS HERE.
    • Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday announced some changes to the state’s budget to address impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, including $3.8 billion that'll now go to hospitals, along with additional funds budgeted for schools, unemployment, rental assistance and small business grants. He said $500 million will go to rental and mortgage assistance, help with utilities and homelessness prevention; $600 million in grants or small businesses; $260 million will go to child-care providers; and more than $900 million will go to the Illinois Department of Public Health for COVID-19 testing programs and contact tracing over the next year. DETAILS HERE.
    • 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," Lightfoot said. READ MORE HERE.

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