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|2020 coronavirus pandemic in Illinois|
Map of counties in Illinois with confirmed cases (as of April 3):
|Location||Illinois, United States|
|First outbreak||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Arrival date||January 24, 2020|
(2 months, 1 week and 4 days)
|Illinois Department of Public Health: Coronavirus Disease 2019|
The 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Illinois began on January 24, 2020, when a woman in Chicago, who had just returned from the pandemic's place of origin in Wuhan, China, tested positive for the virus. This was the second case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. The woman's husband was diagnosed with the disease a few days later, the first known case of human-to-human transmission in the United States. Community transmission was not suspected until March 8, when a case with no connection to other cases or recent travel was confirmed. As of April 3, there were 8,904 diagnosed cases in the state, and 210 deaths.
In mid-March, as the number of known cases rose into the double digits, Governor J. B. Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation, the state's equivalent of a state of emergency, to respond to the crisis. The state took measures to halt the spread of the disease by closing all schools and colleges, ordering a stop to eviction enforcements, ordering all bars and restaurants closed to sit-in diners, and otherwise restricting large gatherings of people. As the virus spread further, the state enacted an even stronger shelter in place order, affecting schools and businesses across the state. At first declared between the dates of March 21 and April 7, the order was later extended until April 30.
Illinois saw the first case in the United States where an infant perished after testing positive for COVID-19, though the exact cause of death was unknown. The death took place in Chicago.
On January 24, 2020, Illinois health officials announced the first confirmed case of infection with the novel coronavirus in the state of Illinois, also the second confirmed case in the United States. The case was a woman in her 60s who had returned from Wuhan, China, the place of origin of the outbreak. She had frequently visited a hospitalized relative, and began to experience symptoms after returning to Chicago. She was isolated at St. Alexius Medical Center in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates.
On January 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the first known human-to-human transmission in the U.S. of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (then known as 2019-nCoV) had occurred in Chicago. According to the CDC, the woman who was the first Illinois case had transmitted the virus to her husband, who was confirmed as the second Illinois case and the sixth U.S. case after testing positive. He was isolated at the same hospital as his wife.
On February 7, the two Illinois cases were released from the hospital and began home isolation. Both made full recoveries and were released from isolation on February 14. On February 29, a third Illinois resident tested positive for the virus in suburban Cook County.
On March 2, a fourth case was announced by Illinois officials, the wife of the third case; she subsequently began home isolation. Other details were announced by officials: her husband had been isolated at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights since his case was reported two days earlier; both individuals were in their 70s; and the man was likely exposed to the virus through recent travel to an undisclosed U.S. state with community transmission. The man was later released to home isolation.
On March 5, public health officials in Chicago reported a fifth case of coronavirus in a man in his 20s. The man, a student at Vanderbilt University, recently traveled to Italy to study abroad, and returned to Illinois on a flight to Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The new case was hospitalized at Rush University Medical Center. On March 6, a sixth case was reported in Chicago. The patient, a classroom assistant in the Vaughn Occupational High School, had been on the Grand Princess cruise ship where multiple passengers had tested positive.
On March 8, a seventh case was announced in Cook County. The man in his 60s had not traveled to an area impacted by coronavirus, and did not have any contact with other cases; as a result, Illinois officials reported the patient as the first evidence of community transmission within Illinois. He was also reported to be in serious condition. Additionally, a Missouri case connected to Illinois was confirmed; the patient had returned from Italy on a flight to O'Hare Airport, then took an Amtrak train to St. Louis, where she tested positive.
On March 9, four additional cases were announced in Cook County, bringing the state's total number of cases to eleven. Two of the new cases were family members of the classroom aide diagnosed on March 6; the two others included a California resident who traveled to Illinois, and a woman who had returned from an Egyptian cruise which was linked to many COVID-19 cases. In response to the growing number of cases in the state and the country, Governor J. B. Pritzker announced a disaster proclamation (a state of emergency) for the state of Illinois. On March 10, Governor Pritzker announced eight new presumptive positive cases, two of which were the first cases outside of Cook County (in Kane and McHenry Counties). These cases brought Illinois's total number of cases to 19.
On March 11, six new cases of the coronavirus were reported by officials, including the first in Lake County, bringing the total to 25. One of these cases was located at One Prudential Plaza, marking the first confirmed case in a major downtown Chicago office building. Illinois colleges and universities, such as Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, announced measures to combat the spread of the virus on their campuses through extensions of Spring Break as well as implementing online classes for part or all of the remaining semester. In response to the growing pandemic, both Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders canceled campaign rallies planned for Illinois. Additionally, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot canceled the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade and Chicago River dyeing in response to coronavirus. On March 12, seven new cases of the coronavirus were reported by officials, including the first child who tested positive in Illinois. This brought the total to 32.
On March 13, fourteen new cases of the coronavirus were reported by officials, bringing the total to 46. Governor Pritzker announced statewide school closures beginning March 17 until March 30. Casinos statewide would close for fourteen days beginning on March 16. Additionally, the Circuit Court of Cook County announced that "no orders for an eviction or foreclosure will be entered during the 30-day period," and the Archdiocese of Chicago announced it would stop holding public Mass from March 14.
On March 14, the total number of cases in Illinois rose to 66. These included the first cases in Downstate Illinois, with patients testing positive in Woodford, Cumberland, St. Clair, and Sangamon Counties. One of the cases in Sangamon County was a woman in critical condition who was hospitalized in Springfield, the state's capital. Another new case, in DuPage County, was the first Illinoisan resident of a long-term care facility to contract the virus. At O'Hare Airport, travelers returning from Europe faced enhanced screening from U.S. Customs officials due to the federal travel ban put in place the day before. The screenings led to long waits and overcrowded facilities in the airport, which both Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot harshly criticized as unsafe.
On March 15, the number of cases rose to 93. Cases were confirmed in Champaign, Clinton, Whiteside, and Winnebago Counties; meanwhile, Governor Pritzker ordered all bars and restaurants closed to sit-in diners. On March 16, the number of cases rose to 105, and Peoria and Will Counties confirmed their first cases. Governor Pritzker announced restrictions for public gatherings, limiting crowds to under 50 people amid growing concerns over the community spread of the virus in the state.
On March 17, the number of cases rose to 160. Officials announced the first death related to COVID-19, a woman in her 60s from Chicago; a retired South Side nurse, the woman suffered from an underlying condition later revealed to be asthma, and died at the University of Chicago Medical Center. 22 of the new cases were confirmed at a Willowbrook nursing home, including 18 residents and four staff members; these cases were related to an initial case announced on March 14. Northwestern University, UIC, and the Illinois Institute of Technology confirmed that individuals on campus had tested positive for the coronavirus. Other new cases included employees at Midway International Airport and a Chicago Fire Department worker.
On March 18, an increase of 128 new cases brought the total number of individuals infected to 288. Kendall and Madison Counties confirmed their first cases. The new cases included 20 more individuals at the Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in DuPage County, bringing the total number of the cases at the nursing home to 42. Many students and staff members in various schools and colleges in Illinois also tested positive.
On March 19, there were 134 new coronavirus cases reported throughout the state along with three deaths which included a male in his 50s from Will County, a female in her 80s from Cook County, and an out-of-state female in her 70s who was in Sangamon County. The number of cases being reported has rapidly risen as the tests are becoming more readily available along with an increase in testing by and hospital and commercial laboratories. The health departments of Adams and McLean Counties announced that they each had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
On March 20, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that there was an increase of 163 new cases along with the death of a woman in her 70s in Cook County. The age range for those with confirmed contraction of the COVID-19 disease range from ages 3 to 99. Christian County announced the first confirmed case contracted within that county. Work began on converting McCormick Place into an alternate care facility for 3,000 patients. The $15 million project is being paid for by FEMA and is scheduled for completion on April 30.
On March 21, there was an increase of another 168 confirmed cases announced in the state along with another death, a man in his 70s in Cook County. This brought the total deaths from the coronavirus disease to six. DeKalb County reported its first confirmed case of the disease. Thousands of residents of Rogers Park, Chicago participate in #chicagosingalong singing Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi sent congratulations via Instagram.
On March 22, the number of confirmed cases once again rose by 296 bringing the number of COVID-19 cases to 1049 throughout the state, one of which was an infant. Officials announced that there were three new deaths related to the disease of which claimed the life of two men from Cook County that were in their 80s and a McLean County woman in her 70s. Jo Daviess, Livingston, Rock Island, and Stephenson counties all reported their first case of the disease on this day.
On March 23, State officials announced an increase of 236 cases and an additional three deaths, all of which were males from Cook County. Two of the deaths were men in their 80s and one in his 90s. Monroe County announced its first case of the Coronavirus disease on this date which brings the total counties with confirmed cases to 31 of the 102 that are in the state.
On March 24, there were 250 more confirmed cases of the coronavirus along with an additional four deaths throughout the state. The demographics of the deaths consisted of three Cook County residents with two of which were in their 60s and a male in his 50s, the forth was a DuPage County resident in her 90s. Grundy County reported its first case on this date.
On March 25, 330 more confirmed cases of the coronavirus were announced along with three more deaths related to the disease. Of those deaths were a Will County woman in her 50s, a Cook County man in his 60s, and a Kane County man in his 90s. Two Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) correctional officers along with one man incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center have tested positive with the coronavirus along with a contractual worker at Sheridan Correctional Center. Both correctional facilities went on 14-day lockdowns as a precaution. At the Stateville facility, those who have been identified as being potentially exposed are being quarantined to reduce risk to others. IDOC determined, after consulting with IDPH, that the staff and incarcerated men at the Sheridan facility was at low to medium risk of exposure. Two other incarcerated men at North Lawndale Adult Transition Center were confirmed to have contracted the disease. Douglas, Marshall, and Morgan counties have reported their first confirmed cases. Northern Illinois University (NIU) announced that two students tested positive for COVID-19. One of the students was briefly on campus on March 16 whereas the other student had not been on the campus since March 3 but had recently traveled with a small group of NIU students.
On March 26, the IDPH announced 673 new cases of coronavirus disease along with seven deaths. These deaths included a woman in her 90s, a man in his 70s, two men and two women in their 60s and a man in his 50s; no county information for these individuals was available. Iroquois County Public Health Department officials announced the first confirmed positive case in Iroquois County.
On March 27, another 488 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease were announced along with eight new deaths. Of the fatalities caused by the coronavirus disease, 86% were individuals over the age of 60. Bureau and Henry Counties announced cases on this date.
On March 28, officials announced another 465 new confirmed cases along with thirteen deaths, one of which was an infant in Cook County. The other twelve deaths were from the following counties: Cook (two males in their 60s, two males in their 70s, a female in her 70s, a female in her 80s, and a male in his 80s), McHenry (a male in his 50s), Kane (two males in their 70s), Lake (a female in her 90s), and Will (a female in her 90s). Carroll, Fayette, and Macon counties reported their first cases on this day.
On March 29, there were 1,105 new cases of coronavirus disease reported along with 18 additional deaths in six Illinois counties. Those deaths were reported in the following counties: Cook (a male in his 50s, two females in their 60s, two males in their 70s, three females in their 70s, two in their males 80s, and a female in her 80s), DuPage County (a male in his 60s), Kane (a male in his 40s and two males in their 90s), Kendall (a male in his 60s), LaSalle (a male in his 80s), and St. Clair (a female in her 70s). Bond, Knox, Menard, and Montgomery counties reported their first confirmed cases on this date. The same day, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that an infant in the city of Chicago died after testing positive for COVID-19. This death, which was first death for any infant in the United States who tested positive for COVID-19, came despite the fact that infants made up a small fraction of COVID-19 related deaths worldwide.
On March 30, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the IDPH, announced that there were 461 new cases and eight deaths. Counties that reported deaths were Cook (a male in his 50s, a male in his 60s, a female in her 60s, a female in her 70s), DuPage (a male in his 60s), Kendall (a female in her 60s), and Will (a male in his 50s and a male in his 60s). One death was an incarcerated man from Stateville Correctional Center. Additionally, there were twelve men that are incarcerated at Stateville which are now hospitalized, with several requiring ventilators. An additional 77 incarcerated individuals with symptoms who are isolated at the facility along with eleven staff members that are also being isolated. Testing for COVID-19 disclosed the first case of infection on March 22 in Cook County Jail. 10% of the 5,000 inmates were released as a cautionary measure, but the number of infections had risen to 134 by March 30. The first confirmed cases of coronavirus disease were announced on this day for Clark, Crawford, Marion, Randolph, and Saline Counties.
On March 31, an additional 937 confirmed cases were announced along with 26 deaths that brought the total of deceased to 99. Ford and Ogle counties reported their first confirmed cases on this date whereas the following counties had deaths related to the disease: Cook (two males in their 50s, one male in his 60s, two females in their 60s, five males in their 70s, two females in their 70s, three males in their 80s, one female in her 80s, and one male in his 90s), DuPage (two females in their 70s), Kane (one male in his 80s), Lake (one female in her 60s), McLean (one male in his 70s), Morgan (one male in his 80s), St. Clair (one female in her 30s), Will (one male in his 80s and one female in her 80s).
On April 1, there were 986 new cases announced by IDPH along with another 42 deaths. Massac and Vermilion counties both reported cases on this date. The counties reporting deaths on this date were the following: Carroll (a male in his 80s), Cook (a male in his 20s, two males in their 30s, two males in their 40s, a male in his 50s, a female in her 50s, three males in their 60s, two females in their 60s, five males in their 70s, three females in their 70s, three males in their 80s, four females in their 80s, a female in her 90s, a female in her 100s and five with incomplete data), DuPage (a female in her 60s, a female in her 70s), Kane (a female in her 90s), Lake (a male in his 50s), Sangamon (a male in his 90s), Will (a male in his 60s), and Winnebago (a male in his 60s).
On April 2, 715 new cases and 16 additional deaths were announced by officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Logan, Macoupin, Mercer, Moultrie, and Piatt counties all reported their first confirmed cases. Counties that reported deaths included Christian (a male in his 80s), Cook (a male in his 30s, a female in her 40s, a male in his 40s, two females in their 60s, a male in his 60s, a female in her 70s, four males in their 70s, a male in her 80s), DuPage (a female in her 80s), McHenry (a male in his 60s), and Whiteside (a female in her 90s).
On April 3, the officials from IDPH announced that there were an additional 1209 new confirmed cases along with 53 deaths from seven Illinois counties. The counties that announced deaths are: Christian (one female in her 80s), Cook (one male in his 30s, one female in her 50s, four males in their 50s, four females in their 60s, six males in their 60s, one person of an unknown sex in their 60s, two females in their 70s, six males in their 70s, two females in their 80s, one male in his 80s, four females in their 90s, and one female in her 100s), DuPage (one male in his 50s and one male in his 70s), Kane (one female in her 90s), Kankakee (one female in her 40s and one male in his 80s), Lake (one male in his 40s, two females in their 60s, four males in their 60s, two males in their 70s, one female in her 90s, and one male in his 90s), Will (one female in her 80s, one male in his 80s, and one male in his 90s). DeWitt, Effingham, and Jersey counties are now reporting their first confirmed cases of the disease.
On March 9, Governor J. B. Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation, the state's equivalent to a state of emergency, as four new cases were announced in the state. On March 12, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that after meeting with Comcast executives, the company would "double internet speeds to low income households nationally. Also, 60 free days of internet for low income households" would be available starting March 16. On March 13, Governor Pritzker announced that all schools in Illinois would close for a period to begin the following Tuesday and last until the end of the month. The governor's announcement came after hundreds of public school districts and private schools had already announced closures. On March 15, Governor Pritzker announced that all bars and restaurants will be closed until March 30 as "it is his way on enforcing and preserving the safety and health of all residents of Illinois". Businesses with delivery options will still be able to serve.
On March 16, Governor Pritzker announced that all gatherings of 50 or more people will be canceled in accordance with new guidelines which were issued by the CDC. The Illinois Gaming Board suspended all video gaming operations at all licensed video gaming establishments and suspended gambling operations at all casinos from March 16 until March 30. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all driver services facilities throughout the state would be closed from March 17 through March 31. White's office stated that expiration dates will be extended by 30 days through an emergency rule, this includes for driver's licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, document filings and other transactions. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced that all state sites, which include state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas, and historic sites would be closed until further notice. This also included the Illinois State Museum and its branches which include the Research and Collections Center, Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown and the Lockport Gallery in Lockport.
On March 17, 60 members of the Illinois National Guard were activated to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois for the anticipated need of medical staffing and logistic support. Of those 60, 43 are airmen from the Peoria-based 182d Airlift Wing's Medical Group whereas the other 17 are planners and liaison officers from both the Army and Air National Guard. On March 18, Governor Pritzker announced a new website that would be a centralized hub with information an resources related to the coronavirus and the impact on Illinois residents and businesses.
On March 20, Governor Pritzker announced a statewide stay-at-home order starting on March 21 until April 7, 2020. All non-essential businesses are required to be closed (e.g. theaters, parks, libraries, etc.) whereas essential businesses such as grocery stores, gas stations, hospitals, pharmacies are to remain open. The State of Illinois is working with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the private companies of Wal-Mart and Walgreens to provide testing sites in the hardest-hit communities within the state. In a March 22 interview on CNN's State of the Union, Governor Pritzker compared the federal government's procurement of essential medical supplies to the "Wild West". "We're competing against [other states], we’re competing against other countries," Pritzker said. When asked about protective masks for medical workers, FEMA Director Peter Gaynor could not give any specific answers.
On March 25, the Illinois tax filling deadline was extended from April 15 to July 15. This was announced by Governor Pritzker during the daily coronavirus press conference along with a bulletin release from the Illinois Department of Revenue. Gov. Pritzker also announced that three new emergency assistance programs that allow for small businesses to have access more than $90 million in aid. These programs are available through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
On March 26, roughly 50 additional Illinois National Guard soldiers from the 1844th Transportation Company based in East St. Louis were activated to assist with the COVID-19 response operations. The majority of those activated soldiers will help with medical warehouse operations in central Illinois whereas four soldiers will be assigned to the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield, "where their jobs will be to assist with communications, analyze virus response operations and give analysis for possible flood response operations" as stated in a press release.
On March 27, the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White announced that notaries public are granted the authority to perform remote, online notarizations during the COVID-19 pandemic via an executive order, Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 (COVID-19 Executive Order No. 12). This authority is temporary and is set to expire when the state disaster proclamation is removed.
On March 31, Governor Pritzker extended the statewide stay-at-home order until April 30. Additionally, a CMAS Severe (emergency alert) notification was issued to smartphones in Illinois and neighboring states with the message: "State needs licensed healthcare workers to sign-up at IllinoisHelps.net to fight COVID-19." The message was initiated by Illinois Healthcare Professional Emergency Volunteer Program, a state-run emergency response organization.
From March 16 until May 6, American Airlines, which has a major hub at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, will suspend long haul international flights, reducing its international capacity by 75%.
On March 15, Pritzker ordered all bars and restaurant dining rooms to close from March 17 to 30 to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus affecting the state.
In the following days, several universities in Illinois closed or cancelled classes. Northwestern University extended its spring break by one week, after which classes would be held remotely rather than on campus. The University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University took similar measures, adding that residence and dining halls would remain open.
Many more Illinois schools, both public and private, announced closures in the following days, including the Archdiocese of Chicago. When Chicago Public Schools did not announce a closure, the Chicago Teachers Union demanded that the district close its schools immediately. On March 13 Governor Pritzker announced that all schools in the state would be closed between March 17 and 30, and later extended to at least April 8. On March 19 Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced that Chicago Public Schools will remain closed until Tuesday, April 21, 2020. On March 31, Governor Pritzker extended the statewide school closures until April 30.
Most of state's sports teams were affected. Major League Baseball cancelled the remainder of spring training on March 12, and on March 16, they announced that the season will be postponed indefinitely, after the recommendations from the CDC to restrict events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, affecting the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs. Also on March 12, the National Basketball Association suspended the season for 30 days, affecting the Chicago Bulls. Also on that date, the National Hockey League, suspended the season indefinitely, affecting the Chicago Blackhawks. Also on March 12, Major League Soccer suspended the season for 30 days, affecting the Chicago Fire FC.
In college sports, the National Collegiate Athletic Association cancelled all winter and spring tournaments on March 12, most notably the Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments, affecting colleges and universities statewide. On March 16, the National Junior College Athletic Association canceled the remainder of the winter seasons as well as the spring seasons. Also on March 12, the Illinois High School Association announced the cancellation of most remaining winter State Series postseason tournaments, with basketball being the main activity affected.
|Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Illinois
Updated April 3, 2020
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