Illinois health officials Tuesday announced 1,617 new known cases of COVID-19 and 32 additional confirmed fatalities, bringing the total number of known infections in Illinois to 305,011 and the statewide death toll to 8,836 since the start of the pandemic.
Officials reported 49,513 new tests in the last 24 hours. The seven-day statewide positivity rate is 3.4%.
Earlier Tuesday, city officials said Indiana again is in danger of being added to Chicago’s quarantine travel order next week. While the neighboring state is still only at a warning level, Chicago residents are “strongly advised” to avoid traveling there, according to a city news release.
Chicago adds a state to its quarantine list if it averages more than 15 new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period. Indiana already has passed that threshold, but to allow Chicagoans time to rearrange travel plans, the city will wait to see if it improves its numbers next week.
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Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:
7:20 a.m.: County officials to announce program to distribute laptops for children still in need of online learning help
Cook County officials were scheduled Wednesday morning to announce a program to give laptops to school-age children who still need devices for online learning.
County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Housing Authority of Cook County were to distribute laptops Wednesday morning at the Richard Flowers Apartments in Robbins as part of Digital Inclusion Week, according to a release from Preckwinkle’s office.
Digital Inclusion Week seeks to increase online literacy, widen internet access to people with lower incomes and increase media literacy. — Chicago Tribune staff
5 a.m.: Coronavirus outbreak flares again at Jacksonville prison
A COVID-19 outbreak at Jacksonville Correctional Center that had remained stable for weeks is growing again.
Eight prisoners at the facility tested positive between Saturday and Monday, taking the total prisoner infections to 225. Fourteen staff members at the prison also have tested positive since the outbreak began.
A reinfection also was noted in a resident of Aperion Care in Jacksonville, where another resident also tested positive, according to a daily briefing by the Morgan County Department of Public Health, Jacksonville/Morgan County Emergency Management, Memorial Health System, county commissioners and the city of Jacksonville.
There have been 305,011 known coronavirus cases and 8,836 confirmed deaths in Illinois since the start of the pandemic.. — Marco Cartolano, Jacksonville Journal-Courier, via Tribune Content Agency
In case you missed it
Here are five things that happened Tuesday related to COVID-19:
An arbitrator’s ruling raised news doubts about whether CPS will reopen for in-person classes next month.
Complaints flew after Park Ridge Republican organization’s event photos showed unmasked attendees near each other.
Pre-flight COVID-19 testing could be coming to O’Hare International Airport.
Chicago residents were “strongly advised” to avoid Indiana, which may make next week’s quarantine travel list.
Lightfoot had advice on how Trump could have better protected himself from COVID-19: “Don’t be stupid.”
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