Coronavirus In Illinois: What You Need To Know For May 17

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Illinois on Sunday, May 17, 2020:

  • NEW NUMBERS: The Illinois Department of Public Health on Sunday reported 1,734 new cases of coronavirus, including 51 deaths. That brings the total number of cases in the state to more than 94,000 with 4,177 reported deaths in 100 counties.  READ MORE
  • The Cook County medical examiner’s office on Sunday announced another 73 deaths from COVID-19, raising the county’s total fatalities to 2,953. READ MORE HERE.
  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot is standing firm in the face of threats by some religious leaders to openly defy orders banning large group gatherings this weekend. Lightfoot said Friday she has sent letters to houses of worship that have planned services in violation of the rules on social distancing and crowd size. She has also asked other religious leaders to contact the rogue churchesMORE DETAILS HERE
  • Reports about potential flaws in Abbott Laboratories’ rapid testing system for the novel coronavirus are a concern, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Friday. State government has been using the company’s ID NOW platform to help process an increasing load of COVID-19 testing, but Pritzker said it’s been a relatively small number. Of the latest round of tests Illinois has done, only about 3,000 of 26,000 were done through Abbott’s rapid-test system, the governor said. About 10 percent of all testing to date has come through ID Now, he estimated, and those results may be reviewed. READ MORE HERE
  • Catholic church leaders from Chicago, Joliet, and Rockford are spelling out their plans for resuming masses and other services, but it does not appear large church gatherings will be happening any time soon. MORE DETAILS HERE
  • A 33-year-old woman claiming to be infected with COVID-19 allegedly spit in a nurse’s face early Monday in an Aurora hospital. Cynthia Meyers, of Oswego, faces a felony count of aggravated battery to a nurse, Aurora police said in a statement. READ MORE HERE
  • This summer is looking “not-so-hot” for people hoping to enjoy themselves in the traditional ways in west suburban Aurora. The July 4 parade and evening fireworks are canceled, along with the Aurora Pride Parade and the Puerto Rican Heritage Festival. And Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said because of expected crowds, you won’t be able to cool off in either of the city’s pools. Irvin said the city has canceled just about all the big summer events that could draw a crowd and help spread the COVID-19 virus. MORE DETAILS HERE

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