August 14, 2020

1,000 new cases in Illinois, Trump extends social distance guidelines | COVID-19 update for March 29

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Information in the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving rapidly, so to help keep WGN viewers informed with the latest updates, follow our live blog for March 29, 2020.

These updates will mostly focus on the Chicago area, but will include some national and international news as well.

A full list and explanation of the stay-at-home order and essential businesses is available here.

Newest updates are at the top of this post.

9 p.m.

Goodwill says they are temporarily not accepting donations while their stores are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and asked that people stop leaving things at their locations.

Instead, they say potential donors should hold on to their items for however long it takes for restrictions related to the virus to be lifted, and to consider monetary donations to help their mission.

8 p.m.

Chicago police confirm they “expedited the completion” of funeral services at a North Side church Sunday for violating the state’s stay-at-home order.

In a statement, a spokesperson said police found “40 to 60 individuals with a large amount of elderly parishioners” attending a funeral at Odisho Church at 6201 N. Pulaski, including many sharing a sacramental cup. Police said they asked them to quickly finish the service.

6 p.m.

President Donald Trump said he will extend federal social distancing guidelines through April 30. This comes shortly after Trump said he hoped to wrap up the federal response by Easter.

He also cautioned the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States could exceed 100,000.

2:50 p.m.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said Sunday there are 1,105 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 18 additional deaths. 

2:00 p.m.

Researchers at the University of Illinois said they have developed a disposable ventilator to help in the fight against COVID-19.

They are currently working with the FDA to get it approved.

12:55 p.m.

The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County announced Sunday that two more employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Both of the employees worked in the Traffic Division.

12:20 p.m.

Indiana has topped over 1,500 COVID-19 cases. 32 people have died from the virus and Lake County has the second-most cases in the state.

12:00 p.m.

Food stamps recipients in Cook County are getting a reprieve through a coronavirus relief package signed this month, but it’s only temporary.

11:15 a.m.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke to reporters Sunday morning saying Americans should start to see checks from the $2 trillion stimulus bill direct deposited into their accounts over the next three weeks.

10:15 a.m.

The U.S. government’s foremost infection disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the U.S. will certainly have “millions of cases” of COVID-19 and more than 100,000 deaths.

9:30 a.m.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has characterized President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as “deadly.”

8:30 a.m.

A gun rights group is cheering the Trump administration’s designation of the firearms industry, including retailers, as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure during the coronavirus emergency.

8:00 a.m.

Older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they’re far from the only ones vulnerable. One of many mysteries: Men seem to be faring worse than women.

7:00 a.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic is making it tough for political campaigns to ask people for money.