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

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 3/23/2020 By Chicago Tribune staff, Chicago Tribune
a man standing in a kitchen: Holy Name Cathedral sacristan Richard Laskowski wipes down pews with a disinfectant spray as Julie Brennan prays on March 21, 2020, in Chicago. The cathedral and its rectory will be closed to the public starting at 5 p.m. Saturday through April 7 in accordance with Gov. J.B. Pritzker's shelter-in-place announcement to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus. © John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Holy Name Cathedral sacristan Richard Laskowski wipes down pews with a disinfectant spray as Julie Brennan prays on March 21, 2020, in Chicago. The cathedral and its rectory will be closed to the public starting at 5 p.m. Saturday through April 7 in accordance with Gov. J.B. Pritzker's shelter-in-place announcement to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus.

Illinois has begun its first full week under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order through April 7. But while much of the public hunkers down at home, some people must still show up for work.

On Sunday, Illinois reported three new deaths and 296 new coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to nine deaths and 1,049 cases. Meanwhile, Pritzker sparked a Twitter spat with President Trump after the governor claimed that the lack of federal action has made it harder and costlier for Illinois to fight the outbreak.

As the virus spreads, the Tribune is keeping a running list of Chicago-area closings and cancellations, tracking cases across the state and asking experts to answer your questions about COVID-19.

a small child sitting on a bench: Ray Pelelas enjoys the park with his sons, George, 3, left, and Teddy, 4, while playing in the playground at Oz Park several hours before Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's order to shelter in place takes effect on March 21, 2020. © Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Ray Pelelas enjoys the park with his sons, George, 3, left, and Teddy, 4, while playing in the playground at Oz Park several hours before Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's order to shelter in place takes effect on March 21, 2020.

Here are the latest updates Monday on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and Illinois:

a group of people that are standing in the snow: Little Village residents wait in line to buy tortillas at El Milagro on 26th St. on the morning of  March 21, 2020, hours before Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's order to shelter in place takes effect. © Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Little Village residents wait in line to buy tortillas at El Milagro on 26th St. on the morning of March 21, 2020, hours before Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's order to shelter in place takes effect.

As campuses empty, officials in college towns worry students will be missed by census

The U.S. Census Bureau confirmed it will count the student population from now-shuttered dormitories, but some officials in large college towns remain concerned that campus closures because of the coronavirus could result in undercounting.

a view of a city street filled with lots of traffic: A Chicago police wagon is parked in the 100 block of North State Street as light pedestrian and vehicle traffic is evident in Chicago Loop on March 21, 2020, the day Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's shelter-in-place order takes effect. © John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS A Chicago police wagon is parked in the 100 block of North State Street as light pedestrian and vehicle traffic is evident in Chicago Loop on March 21, 2020, the day Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's shelter-in-place order takes effect.

Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, college students were already considered a hard-to-count population in each decennial census. Although students in on-campus residences typically aren’t responsible for counting themselves, those in off-campus apartments and houses have the potential to be uncounted if they fail to fill out the census questionnaire.

a bicycle is parked near a fence: A bicyclist turns around while riding near the museum campus in Chicago on March 21, 2020, the afternoon Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's shelter-in-place order takes effect to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus. © John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS A bicyclist turns around while riding near the museum campus in Chicago on March 21, 2020, the afternoon Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's shelter-in-place order takes effect to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus.

Undercounts could diminish funding and political representation apportioned on the basis of population. Read more here.

— Antonia Ayres-Brown

Chicagoans break out their sewing machines to make homemade masks for doctors, nurses

Inspired by requests from local doctors and nurses, as well as calls for masks from providers such as the Indiana-based Deaconess Health System, volunteers have taken to social media with hashtags such as #1millionmasks. They are dusting off their sewing machines, sharing material and elastic, and arranging drop-offs and pickups from front stoops and porches.

J.B. Pritzker et al. posing for the camera: Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives his daily briefing about the coronavirus pandemic on March 22, 2020, at the Thompson Center. © Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives his daily briefing about the coronavirus pandemic on March 22, 2020, at the Thompson Center.

“There are many women doing this in the last few days,” said Dima Ali, a jewelry designer in Oak Park who has sewn masks for nurses, a doctor and a chef in a retirement center.

After Ali posted Thursday on Facebook, neighbors started showing up with donations of elastic and fabric — lots of fabric.

“I have boxes of fabric outside now. It’s really heartwarming,” Ali said Friday. “I was like, ‘OK, let’s do this, people!’” Read more here.

— Nara Schoenberg

Sunday, March 22

Here’s a recap of coronavirus updates in the Chicago area and Illinois from Sunday:

State officials called for volunteers to step up and serve their communities as nearly 300 new cases and three more deaths were announced in Illinois.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker sparked a Twitter spat with President Trump after the governor claimed that the lack of federal action has made it harder and costlier for Illinois to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

a group of people standing in a room: Mayor Lori Lightfoot, in front of a small number of media members to minimize contact, reminds the public of the importance to stay home as much as possible during a news conference at the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, hours before Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's order to shelter in place takes effect on March 21, 2020. © Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Mayor Lori Lightfoot, in front of a small number of media members to minimize contact, reminds the public of the importance to stay home as much as possible during a news conference at the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, hours before Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's order to shelter in place takes effect on March 21, 2020.

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Saturday, March 21

Here’s a recap of coronavirus updates in the Chicago area and Illinois from Saturday:

a police car parked in a parking lot: Cars line up as drive-through coronavirus testing for medical workers and first responders opens on March 22, 2020, outside a Walmart in Northlake. © Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Cars line up as drive-through coronavirus testing for medical workers and first responders opens on March 22, 2020, outside a Walmart in Northlake.

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