Coronavirus In Illinois: What You Need To Know On Thursday, May 28

WBBM Newsradio Staff
May 28, 2020 - 8:46 am

    (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Illinois on Thusday, May 28, 2020: 

    • Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday used his coronavirus briefing to comment on the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who died after being pinned by a white police officer in Minneapolis over the weekend. Pritzker said it's the latest in a series of ugly incidents that demonstrate how African Americans bear an "extra burden" during the already stressful COVID-19 crisis. MORE DETAILS HERE.
    • NEW NUMBERS: The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,111 new cases and 160 deaths. That takes the state's overall known total to 114,306 cases, including 5,038 deaths. READ MORE HERE.
    • Chicago police announced three more cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the department to 551. Of the confirmed cases, 521 are officers and 30 are civilian employees. MORE DETAILS HERE.
    • Cook County has has reached a grim milestone. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Wednesday that the county has seen more deaths in the first half of 2020 than it had in all of 2019. Preckwinkle said the Cook County medical examiner’s office has counted 6,600 deaths so far this year. In 2019, the office had a total of 6,274 deaths all year. Since first death from COVID-19 in Cook County on March 16, the office has counted 3,700 deaths from the disease. DETAILS HERE.
    • There is solidarity in the fight against COVID-19, but there is an ethical split when it comes to immunity passports. Several countries are experimenting with so-called immunity passports to allow people to return to work and travel, but will the U.S. be one of them? Bioethicists are at odds with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. READ MORE HERE.
    • Two employees at the Tootsie Roll manufacturing plant on Chicago’s Southwest Side have died of complications from COVID-19, weeks after the company said 18 had been infected. DETAILS HERE.
    • Movie theaters in Illinois are not expected to open until Phase 4 of the governor’s reopening plan, but cinema owners would like to see a couple of things changed in that plan. Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan for movie theaters calls for no more than 50 people inside, once they are allowed to reopen. READ MORE HERE.
    • Mayor Lightfoot in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health, industry leaders, labor leaders, and public officials from around Chicago, released Tuesday industry-specific guidelines for businesses, employees, and customers to follow as the city prepares to begin safely reopening in early June. Industry-specific guidelines include details such as how businesses can engage in healthy interactions between workers and customers, how to maintain safe working spaces and conditions, and how to design and monitor workplace operations to create flexibility and maintain safety for employees and customers. The guidelines are aligned with the state-issued guidelines, with specificity included for Chicago’s context. MORE DETAILS HERE.
    • The president of a major Illinois attraction said it’s a “symbol of summer” and it’s making plans to reopen. Six Flags announced Tuesday its amusement parks, including Six Flags Great America, in Gurnee, will require both guests and employees to use updated precautionary measures as the parks prepare to reopen soon. The announcement came as Illinois prepares to enter Phase Three of Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan. President of Six Flags Great America Hank Salemi said the park has consulted with health experts to construct a safe reopening plan that they’ll soon present to the state. DETAILS HERE.

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