COVID-19: Non-compliance with "stay-at-home" and social distancing shuts down Lakefront


Chicago LakeFront at Fullerton

Mayor Lori Lightfoot made it clear in her Wednesday press conference that if Chicagoans did not abide by Governor J.B. Pritzker's order to stay-at-home and maintain social distancing, not having parties and flooding the parks with group activities, she would shut down the lakefront and Chicago Parks. 

Wednesday night, the lakefront was shut down between Fullerton Ave. and Navy Pier because residents ignored the order and the Mayor's warning. It is unclear how long that order will be in place.

Thursday afternoon, Lightfoot along with other City officials and mayors of surrounding communities will announce further actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Spread of the illness appears to be primarily between people who are within six fee of each other via respiratory droplets from an infected person's coughs or sneezes, according to the IDPH. 

Other ways the virus spreads is by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching one's own mouth, nose or eyes.  

As has been advised by government and health agencies:

  • If you are sick and have respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, stay home unless you need medical attention. 
  • Remain in your home until you feel better and have no symptoms.  Keep in mind there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill can isolate at home.
  • While at home, as much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people.
  • Those who need medical attention should contact their health care provider who will evaluate whether they can be cared for at home or need to be hospitalized. 

Statistics to dates
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Illinois rose to 1,865 and deaths rose to 19 on Mar. 25. There have been 14,209 people tested for the virus at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), commercial or hospital laboratories. 

The first case of this virus in the United States was on Jan. 21 and the first in Chicago was on Jan. 24. 

Illinois and the City of Chicago are attempting to say ahead of a dramatic rise in cases, keeping the increase of cases on a flat versus a bell curve. These efforts are to avoid the extreme surge of cases in New York. 

The Illinois State website is being updated with the most up-to-date Coronavirus 2019 information.

Search for healthcare professionals
In the battle against the pandemic, Pritzker has asked that retired doctors and nurses to step up to join the ranks of providers. The State is streamlining the process to reinstate their licenses.



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