Mayor Lightfoot Says End Is Not Near For COVID-19 Pandemic In Chicago

Craig Dellimore
April 08, 2020 - 11:30 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- 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.

Mayor Lightfoot has been cautious in her assessment of progress in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. She said things like, we can see a pin prick of light at the end of the tunnel, but make no mistake, we are not at a point where we can say the stay at home restrictions will end.

She said officials are talking about what will happen when cases of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations subside, and people can think about leaving their homes. But she said the end is not near.

"While we are a long way away from that, and we are actually exploring that question now, we have been talking all along about a peak in the number of cases, and then thinking about what the downward slide of that will be," Lightfoot said.

"We are looking at when we think now when we will reach that point. As I said, we went from seeing cases double every one to two days, we are now in a nine to 10 day range, which is obviously progress, but we are not near the peak."

But the peak in cases has yet to come, let alone real reductions, so just keep practicing social distancing.

The Mayor spoke after signing an order making clear that COVID-19 relief assistance is for everyone in the city, regardless of immigration status.