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

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 5/13/2020 By Chicago Tribune staff, Chicago Tribune
a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Nurses, doctors, technicians and support staff at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago after a procession of squad cars from the Chicago Police Department 10th District made a procession to salute them on May 7, 2020. Approximately one dozen police vehicles, with flashing lights on, made a procession honoring hospital workers for National Nurses' Week. © Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Nurses, doctors, technicians and support staff at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago after a procession of squad cars from the Chicago Police Department 10th District made a procession to salute them on May 7, 2020. Approximately one dozen police vehicles, with flashing lights on, made a procession honoring hospital workers for National Nurses' Week.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to “act expeditiously” on a relief package for families, small businesses and communities across the state, but stopped short of using his power to call them back to Springfield for a special session.

The governor’s call came on the same day Illinois reported a record number of tests and new cases. State health officials announced 4,014 new known infections Tuesday, the most in a single day since the pandemic began. The spike in cases was accompanied by the largest number of COVID-19 tests reported across the state in a 24-hour period with 29,266.

a lit up city at night: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jen Majerus stands on the balcony of her State Street high-rise condo in the South Loop while participating in the Chicago Unite at Night sing along and light show in honor of nurses for International Nurses Week on May 7, 2020. © Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jen Majerus stands on the balcony of her State Street high-rise condo in the South Loop while participating in the Chicago Unite at Night sing along and light show in honor of nurses for International Nurses Week on May 7, 2020.

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

7:01 a.m.: Streets and San to restart regular street cleaning in Chicago next week

After only street sweeping around parked cars for six weeks, Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation was scheduled to start posting no-parking notices and following its regular street cleaning routes Monday, according to notices posted by aldermen and news reports.

Jennifer Mejia and her nephew Gabriel, 6, outside Mejia's home in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood on May 7, 2020. Mejia has been taking care of Gabriel for five weeks after her sister, Ruanda Mejia, was diagnosed with COVID-19. Ruanda was unable to take care of Gabriel due to being too sick. © Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Jennifer Mejia and her nephew Gabriel, 6, outside Mejia's home in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood on May 7, 2020. Mejia has been taking care of Gabriel for five weeks after her sister, Ruanda Mejia, was diagnosed with COVID-19. Ruanda was unable to take care of Gabriel due to being too sick.

Streets and San announced March 31 that it wasn’t planning to post no-parking signs for street sweeping during the state’s stay-at-home order.

a person cooking in a kitchen preparing food: Line cook Misha Smith, left, and executive chef Debbie Gold prepare to-go family style meals at Found Kitchen, 1631 Chicago Ave., on May 8, 2020, in Evanston. The restaurant has pivoted its business to offering pantry items and specialty meals for pick-up, including a Mother's Day picnic meal, during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has closed restaurants statewide to dine-in customers. © John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Line cook Misha Smith, left, and executive chef Debbie Gold prepare to-go family style meals at Found Kitchen, 1631 Chicago Ave., on May 8, 2020, in Evanston. The restaurant has pivoted its business to offering pantry items and specialty meals for pick-up, including a Mother's Day picnic meal, during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has closed restaurants statewide to dine-in customers.

Officials would “not be posting or ticketing and there will not be scheduled cleanings,” although there would be street cleaning in all wards, the department said at the time in an update on services under the lockdown.

In notices posted by aldermen Tuesday, officials said Streets and San would officially start regular street sweeping Monday, following the calendar the department set before the stay-at-home order.

“Signs will be hung on streets to be swept prior to sweeping, however at this time there will be no enforcement or citations issued related to street sweeping,” according to the office of Ald. Pat Dowell, 3rd.

The Sun-Times reported aldermen had been asking the city to start posting signs and following the regular cleaning schedule, without ticketing. — Chicago Tribune staff

6 a.m: Black Chicago churchgoers join one-quarter of Americans who say their faith’s grown stronger during the COVID-19 pandemic

A recent Pew Research study found that 1 in 4 Americans said the coronavirus pandemic has deepened their faith. Only 2% said the pandemic has weakened their faith. The study also found the trend of strengthened faith was more pronounced among black American adults. Forty-one percent of black adults said their faith is stronger, compared with 20% of white adults and 30% of Hispanic adults.

a group of people standing on top of a cutting board with a cake: Angel Castro, father of Krist Angielen Guzman, 35, of Bolingbrook, places a flower on her coffin at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside on May 8, 2020. A nurse at Meadowbrook Manor Bolingbrook, Guzman died May 2 of COVID-19 complications. © Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Angel Castro, father of Krist Angielen Guzman, 35, of Bolingbrook, places a flower on her coffin at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside on May 8, 2020. A nurse at Meadowbrook Manor Bolingbrook, Guzman died May 2 of COVID-19 complications.

And 56% of people who attend historically black churches say their faith has intensified during the pandemic, higher than any other group.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Community residents walk away with five masks during a mask give away outside the Apostolic Church of God on May 9, 2020. The masks were donated by former Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson. © Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Community residents walk away with five masks during a mask give away outside the Apostolic Church of God on May 9, 2020. The masks were donated by former Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson.

Nichole Phillips, director of Black Church Studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, said the trend of stronger faith among black Americans is linked to the role the black church historically has played in the African American community.

a person standing in front of a car: Lauren Reyes poses for a photo with her family inside their minivan on Mother's Day, on May 10, 2020, at Quentin Road Baptist Church in Lake Zurich. The church set up a drive-through photo booth and gave gifts to moms while live-streaming their service. © Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Lauren Reyes poses for a photo with her family inside their minivan on Mother's Day, on May 10, 2020, at Quentin Road Baptist Church in Lake Zurich. The church set up a drive-through photo booth and gave gifts to moms while live-streaming their service.

The surge in faith comes as the virus infects and kills black Americans at a disproportionately higher rate. Even as the gap has shrunk in the past few weeks, in Chicago, African Americans account for nearly more than a third of those who have tested positive and more than half of coronavirus-related fatalities, despite being less than a third of the city’s residents. Latinos make up a little less than half for 40% of infections and about a quarter of COVID-19-related deaths. Read more here. –Javonte Anderson

May 12

Here are five things that happened Tuesday that you need to know:

Gov. J.B. Pritzker calls on legislature to “act expeditiously” on coronavirus relief package as state reports record 4,000 new cases

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city will “take action” if defiant churches hold in-person services despite stay-at-home orders

U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over Chicago as part of the “America Strong” campaign

Illinois attorney who filed lawsuits against Pritzker for stay-at-home order now working with dozens of businesses that have reopened, filing suit for others

a person in a police car parked in a parking lot: Andrew Gajda distributes masks to Schaumburg residents outside of Boomers Stadium on May 7, 2020 in Schaumburg. This is the second day of a three-day mask giveaway in which 70,000 masks are being given to residents. © Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Andrew Gajda distributes masks to Schaumburg residents outside of Boomers Stadium on May 7, 2020 in Schaumburg. This is the second day of a three-day mask giveaway in which 70,000 masks are being given to residents.

At Northwestern, members of a tightknit group of veteran ICU nurses, age 58 and up, are signing on for COVID-19 duty. Meet the “Old Dolls.”

May 11

Here are five things that happened Monday that you need to know:

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a group of people standing in a parking lot: People watch the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a flyover of Chicago near Loretto Hospital on May 12, 2020. The elite flight squad have been conducting flyovers in cities across the country in their \"America Strong\" campaign to thank medical professionals, emergency responders and essential workers. © Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS People watch the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a flyover of Chicago near Loretto Hospital on May 12, 2020. The elite flight squad have been conducting flyovers in cities across the country in their \"America Strong\" campaign to thank medical professionals, emergency responders and essential workers.
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