Another 1,462 Illinoisans tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials reported Saturday, as many communities across the state begin to emerge from the governor’s stay-at-home order and take advantage of spring weather to once again dine outdoors, visit state parks, shop and head to the barbershop or salon.
But it’s not yet business as usual: All of those activities will include restrictions meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, which “continues to infect thousands of individuals and claim the lives of too many Illinoisans each day,” according to the community recovery order Gov. J.B. Pritkzer introduced Friday.
Those restrictions include 50% capacity limits at nonessential businesses like clothing stores and breweries. And while dining inside restaurants is still off-limits, groups of up to six people can eat outdoors at establishments where safety measures are in place.
Chicago will move into phase three of its reopening plan next week, according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said she would not hesitate to reimpose restrictions if health officials document a surge in new cases of the virus.
Health officials announced an additional 61 deaths in a 24-hour period from Friday to Saturday, bringing the total deaths linked to the virus across the state to 5,330.
Coronavirus Prevention Tips and Resources
Officials advise taking preventive measures to slow the spread of the virus, including:
—Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
—Using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
—Sneezing or coughing into a tissue and then disposing of the tissue
—Limiting contact with people regardless of how you feel
—Staying home when you are sick
Symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to:
—New onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath
—Congestion in the nasal sinuses or lungs
—Sore throat, body aches or unusual fatigue
If you think you have COVID-19:
Call your doctor before showing up at their office. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, tell the operator that you think you have COVID-19. If possible, wear a mask before medical help arrives or presenting at a doctor’s office. More advice for those who think they have COVID-19.
—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
—Illinois’ COVID-19 website
—Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website
—IDPH COVID-19 hotline: 800-889-3931
—IDPH COVID-19 email link
—City of Chicago COVID-19 website
—City of Chicago COVID-19 hotline: 312-746-4835
—City of Chicago COVID-19 email link