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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Friday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area as state enters Phase 4 of reopening plan

Friday, June 26, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Illinois begins its fourth phase of reopening Friday, after Illinois health officials Thursday reported 894 new known cases of COVID-19 and 41 additional fatalities, bringing the total number of known cases to 139,434 and the confirmed death toll to 6,810.

The state also announced a record number of test results Thursday, 31,686, the first time Illinois has recorded more than 30,000 results in a single day.

Starting Friday, all four regions of the state in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s reopening plan will move into the fourth of five phases. Gatherings of up to 50 people as well as restricted indoor dining at restaurants are allowed under the plan. Other phase four changes, after months of few entertainment options, include a limited reopening of movie theaters and performing arts centers, zoos and museums.

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

8 a.m.: City Colleges of Chicago have suspended athletics for the 2020-21 academic year as a precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic

The colleges will offer most classes remotely, online or through distance learning this fall, but a statement sent to the Tribune noted team sports will be canceled “out of an abundance of caution and concern for student safety.”

Swimming, which is offered as a continuing-education course, won’t be offered either.

Tuition waivers still will be honored this year for returning student-athletes in good standing and for new student-athletes who signed a letter of intent in order to “to support these students’ academic success,” according to the statement.

City Colleges offer eight sports: men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s baseball. The teams compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Seven Chicago institutions compete in City Colleges sports: Daley, Harold Washington, Kennedy-King, Malcolm X, Olive-Hardy, Truman and Wright.

Read more here. —Shannon Ryan

6:54 a.m.: Illinois starts reopening under Phase Four of coronavirus plan

Businesses throughout all of Illinois, including Chicago, started reopening Friday, many of them for the first time since the governor’s stay-at-home order was imposed in March.

Illinois residents can once again go to the gym, drink in bars and see a movie, although some businesses are taking reopening slowly. But restrictions on many businesses and social gatherings in place for Phase Four are expected to remain until the state moves to Phase Five.

But Phase Five won’t happen until testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the state, and either a vaccine or treatment options are readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period.

Check back for updates. —Chicago Tribune staff

5 a.m.: Man who lost two sisters, including Illinois’ first COVID-19 victim, hopes to spare others from similar tragedy

Three months ago, Anthony Frieson lost two of his older sisters to COVID-19, and found himself quarantined at home after he also tested positive for the highly contagious virus.

It was March, in the early days of a pandemic that eventually would bring Chicago and the rest of the country to a virtual halt. But Frieson and his tight-knit South Side family saw their whole world upended, as they suffered back-to-back losses in isolation and have remained unable even to hold memorial services due to social distancing concerns.

And they were forced to mourn under the glare of a national spotlight. One of Frieson’s sisters, Patricia, a 61-year-old retired nurse, was the first person in Illinois to die of complications related to the coronavirus, and the family was identified as one of the first in the U.S. to lose multiple members.

Hoping to spare others such pain, Frieson handed out free masks Thursday not far from the family’s longtime home in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, encouraging passersby to “wear a mask, save a life.”

For him, and for his family, it is not just a slogan.

Read more here. —Christy Gutowski

5 a.m.: Cook County Board President Preckwinkle warns ‘Everything is on the table’ as 2021 budget gap forecast to be largest in a decade

Cook County could see a $410 million budget gap next fiscal year — the largest hole since 2011 and a sign how much the coronavirus pandemic has capsized local government finances.

A steep reversal of fortune from the anticipated record-low budget gap this year before COVID-19, the grim forecast means the county is mulling over hiking taxes, slashing existing funds, laying off employees and more to balance the budget, Cook County board President Toni Preckwinkle said Thursday.

“Everything is on the table,” Preckwinkle said in a call with reporters when asked about potential new taxes and layoffs, though she did not elaborate. While noting a vaccine is possibly a year away, she added, “the course of a pandemic is not within our control … so the challenges we face are not of the moment. They’re of the next several years.”

Read more here. —Alice Yin

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