Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

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.

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Mourners add to a memorial on Sept. 9, 2020, during a vigil in memory of Dajore Wilson, 8, near where she was killed at 47th Street and South Union Avenue in the Canaryville neighborhood.

Officials reported 49,513 new tests in the last 24 hours. The seven-day statewide positivity rate is 3.4%.

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The setting sun is is seen along East Madison Street before the fall equinox on Sept. 21, 2020, in Chicago.

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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Kelly Helgesen of Takeaway Bagel makes sourdough bagels at Superkhana International on Sept. 19, 2020, in Chicago.

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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

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Isabel Aguilar and her son, Diego, 5, create a poster at a rally to protest the possible future redevelopment of the Discount Mall in the Little Village neighborhood on Sept. 16, 2020, in Chicago.

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.

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Stacey Michelon, left, and Elizabeth Posner raise their fists while repeating a chant during a gathering to remember late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Federal Plaza on Sept. 19, 2020, in Chicago.

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

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Jo Padilla speaks with a proxy outside a residential building while attempting to enumerate residents for the U.S. census in the Ravenswood neighborhood on Sept. 24, 2020, in Chicago.

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.

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While the inside sits empty, Bob Hook and Holly King drink and dine outside the Jarvis Square Tavern in the Rogers Park neighborhood on Sept. 28, 2020, in Chicago.

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.

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More than 4,000 hospital workers at University of Illinois Hospital went on strike on Sept. 14, 2020, after failing to agree on a contract with the hospital.

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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Andrew Marinelli cleans the bar as the staff prepares for dinner service in the rooftop canopy area of Roots Handmade Pizza South Loop on Sept. 28, 2020.

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