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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Tuesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Illinois on Monday saw the lowest number of daily coronavirus deaths -- 31 --since early April. The state’s total death count stands at 4,884.

Despite the stay-at-home order and stepped up police patrols, Chicago experienced its deadliest Memorial Day weekend in the last five years with at least 10 people fatally shot and 40 others injured.

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

6:55 a.m.: Officials see signs COVID-19 is contained at Cook County Jail, while experts caution measures need to remain in place

COVID-19 tests are now standard during the intake process for all new detainees entering Cook County Jail, one of several measures that officials said has helped them turn a critical corner on the pandemic. At its worst, over a two-month period, the deadly virus infected just over 700 inmates, including seven who died. Two correctional officers have died, with hundreds also infected.

But Dr. Connie Mennella, who oversees medical care at the jail, told the Tribune testing data indicates the facility has moved beyond the stage of flattening the curve and into containment, with a positive test rate that is below 10%. Read more here. -- Annie Sweeney

6:40 a.m.: Packed pool party gone viral in Missouri earns rebuke from state health director

Missouri’s health director issued a dire warning Monday after photos and video showed Memorial Day weekend revelers partying close together: The coronavirus is still here, and the spreading of illnesses could have “long-lasting and tragic” results.

One video on social media showed a crammed pool at Lake of the Ozarks, with people lounging and playing close together, without masks. The lake draws people not only from as far away as Arkansas and Iowa. Read more here.

6:30 a.m.: A different Memorial Day in Chicago: Crowds are out, livestreamed ceremonies are in

Chicagoans marked Memorial Day in a different way Monday, as local leaders tried to balance paying respect to those who died serving their country while also respecting the coronavirus-driven stay-at-home rules.

Throughout the city and suburbs, parades and solemn ceremonies with large crowds were out, replaced by smaller events streamed online or recorded tributes. One exception unfolded at Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, where a crowd marked the holiday with a protest against the restrictions. Read more here. -- Hal Dardick, Sophie Sherry and Stacy St. Clair.

6:20 a.m.: Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces reopening rules for businesses as Illinois is poised to move to next phase and loosen restrictions

With all four regions of the state as defined under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s phased-in reopening plan slated to advance to the next stage Friday, the state rolled out detailed guidance Sunday for what precautions restaurants and bars need to have in place to be able to serve customers outdoors, how manufacturers and some offices can resume operations with restrictions and how barbers can offer those badly needed haircuts.

The industry-specific guidance the state released Sunday for the sectors of the state’s economy that will see loosened restrictions in the third phase of the governor’s plan provides a glimpse at a gradual return to normalcy after more than two months under a stay-at-home order meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Read more here. -- Jamie Munks

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