"Chris-Mont EMA and Christian County Public Health have spoken with Walgreens management and they have aggressively taken precautionary measures to ensure the safety of their customers and staff," officials said in news release.
Illinois has rented a fleet of refrigerated semi-truck trailers to store the bodies of deceased COVID-19 patients in case morgues become filled to capacity, according to a spokesperson for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
A second Decatur healthcare worker is among DeWitt County residents who have tested positive for coronavirus, the health department said Tuesday. The new patient, 22, is described as a close contact of another Decatur healthcare worker who tested positive Monday.
Republicans in the General Assembly are urging House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President Don Harmon to call lawmakers back into session so they can vote on whether to extend the state’s stay-at-home order beyond May 1.
The state of Illinois is sending out teams of nurses and ramping up testing for COVID-19 at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities as it continues efforts to control the spread of the virus.
Lincoln College intends to open in the fall with residential operations and in-person courses, the institution announced Thursday. Reduced class sizes and visitor restrictions are among safety options it is considering.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security also released new instructions for independent contractors and the self-employed who may be eligible for newly-created federal pandemic unemployment assistance.
The attorney representing two Republican lawmakers in separate cases challenging Gov. JB Pritzker’s emergency powers has three new clients: a hair salon owner and a restaurateur with two establishments.
The unidentified staffer tested positive last week and has so far not shown any symptoms of the disease, but the person is reported to have been in close contact with the governor and other staff members.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday he is extending Illinois’ stay-at-home order through May 30 with certain modifications taking effect May 1, including opening up state parks, expanding essential businesses and requiring masks in public.
Business groups are challenging a decision by a commission that makes workers’ compensation benefits available to essential workers who contract COVID-19 without having to prove the illness was contracted at the workplace.