Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the hospital needed time to ensure people were properly quarantined, as well as making sure the facility could handle an expected influx of COVID-19 patients.
Preckwinkle says most of the COVID-19 patients the county is treating are being seen at the larger Stroger Hospital in Chicago’s Medical District. She says the current number of patients at the hospital is around 240, about half of which are related to the coronavirus.
Like many other local governments, COVID-19 is also hurting Cook County’s bottom line. Preckwinkle said Wednesday the county could be facing a projected budget shortfall around $260 million.
“It’s unclear how long the shelter-in-place order will remain, and that will surely impact our budget,” Preckwinkle said. “We’re looking for help from the federal government … we hope that the next stimulus package, I think this will be number five, includes lost revenue for local units of government.”
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