Coronavirus In Illinois: What You Need To Know On May 20

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Here are latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Illinois on Wednesday, May 20, 2020: 

  • The number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 across Illinois dropped to the lowest level in more than a month — an encouraging sign that should not encourage anyone to do a victory lap, according to the state’s top health official. The Illinois Department of Public Health reports the number of hospitalizations from patients infected with coronavirus was 4,002 on Monday. That represents a decline of more than 1,000 hospitalizations from a high mark of 5,036 on April 29, and still lower than the nearly 4,100 hospitalizations reported on April 12 when IDPH began compiling the statistic. MORE DETAILS HERE.
  • NEW NUMBERS: The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,545 new cases and 146 deaths. That takes the state's overall known total to 98,030 cases, including 4,379 deaths. READ MORE HERE.
  • Chicago police announced Tuesday nine more cases of COVID-19, bringing the total in the department to 529. Of the confirmed cases, 503 are officers and 26 are civilian employees. MORE DETAILS HERE.
  • A bus operator is the fifth CTA employee to die of COVID-19, the agency announced Tuesday. The employee joined the CTA in 2012, CTA said. DETAILS HERE.
  • The State of Illinois said it's helping more people get a faster Internet connection. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Office of Broadband announced Tuesday the new Illinois Connected Communities grant program designed to assist local governments, schools, and community organizations with building broadband capacity. The $150,000 grant opportunity will help communities close existing gaps and lay the groundwork for improved broadband access, adoption, and utilization. READ MORE HERE.
  • Chicago's fiscal experts know the city's budget hole due to COVID19 is massive. The question is, when does the city began to try to close the gap? Mayor Lori Lightfoot has repeatedly refused to project the size of Chicago’s budget shortfall, but under questioning at Monday’s Finance Committee meeting, Chief Financial Officer Jennie Huang Bennett did just that. Chicago's budget hole is well beyond $500 million. MORE DETAILS HERE.
  • American Airlines is donating over 8,000 pounds of food to to benefit Chicago restaurant workers whose jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation is in partnership with the LEE Initiative Restaurant Workers Relief Program and The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group and is the airline’s second local contribution to the LEE Initiative, with a total of 13,500 pounds of food donated to the Chicago community kitchen in the last two months. DETAILS HERE.

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