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Officials announced Monday that Illinois’ known coronavirus case count climbed by 461, including another eight deaths. The state has now recorded 5,057 known cases of COVID-19, which includes 73 deaths. The U.S. reported more than 163,000 infections and over 3,000 deaths, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University on Monday Worldwide, on Monday there were more than 784,000 cases reported and over 37,000 deaths, per the Johns Hopkins university count Breaking coronavirus news Stay up to date with the latest information on coronavirus with our breaking news alerts.
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers emergency operations truck is parked outside McCormick Place on Monday, March 30, 2020 where a temporary hospital is being built to keep pace with growing hospital demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.(Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)
As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Illinois climbed to more than 5,000 on Monday, work began on converting McCormick Place into a medical facility that could handle a potential crush of COVID-19 cases and help ease growing concerns about a possible bed shortage in the Chicago area.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the lakefront convention center will have 500 beds available by week’s end. The medical center, which is being called an alternate care facility, eventually will be able to hold 3,000 beds for patients, most of whom would have mild symptoms and would not require intensive care.