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

health officials on Sunday reported there were 1,197 new known cases of coronavirus in and at least 31 new deaths. That brings the state’s total to 30,357 new cases and 1,290 deaths.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker also said that a second airlift of protective gear will be arriving in Illinois Monday, days after the first arrived.

On Saturday, Pritzker reported that 125 more people in the Chicago News state have died from the new coronavirus, matching the largest number of coronavirus-related deaths in a 24-hour period.

On Friday, the governer ordered Illinois schools to remain closed through the end of the academic year.

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Here’s what’s happening on Sunday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

4:37 p.m.: Second employee death reported at Symphony of Joliet
A second employee has died at Symphony of Joliet, the nursing home with the highest number of both coronavirus cases and deaths in Illinois.

The facility would not release details, confirming only that a second staffer had died after contracting the virus. WGN-TV said the worker was a certified nursing assistant. Read more here. — Ariel Cheung

3:20 p.m.: State taking new measures to control nursing home spread
Asked about new data showing a fourth of all coronavirus deaths in Illinois have occurred among residents of nursing homes, the head of the Illinois Department of Public Health said the state is taking new measures, or “heightened attempts,” to contain the spread there.

Dr. Ngozi O. Ezike said they include sending more test supplies to the facilities to catch infections earlier and curb the spread, including “aggressive testing of staff.” The state is also trying to get more workers to the facilities.

In addition, the state is looking at facilities located in “hot zones” where coronavirus infections have been the greatest. –Patrick O’Connell

3:10 p.m.: Dr. Ezike says stay-at-home order has slowed spread of virus
Dr. Ngozi Ezike, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said the stay-at-home order has slowed the spread of the virus. During the beginning days when coronavirus hit Illinois, she said, the basic reproductive number, or RO – the expected number of people one person will infect – was at about 3.5. The RO is now “in the low 1s,” Ezike said.

“We’ve brought it way down,” Ezike said.

But Gov. J.B. Pritzker added that he’s looking for that number to be below 1.

2:50: After small group protests in Springfield, Pritzker says he’s weighing effects on economy with public safety, ‘but we’ve got to be very careful’
At Sunday’s news conference, Gov. J.B. Pritzker was asked Press Release Distribution Service In Chicago about protesters who have gathered outside state capitols, including a small group who demonstrated in Springfield on Sunday. The governor said he is weighing the effects on the economy with public safety.

“I’m looking for all the best ways to make that happen,” Pritzker said. “But we’re in the middle of an emergency, a pandemic.”

Pritzker said he wants people to be able to return to work and eventually school.

“But we’ve got to be very careful,” Pritzker said.

“I’m looking at all of the ways we can open things up and remain safe,” he said. –Patrick O’Connell

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