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All Chicago Parks and Libraries closed from Saturday.
Recently, the governor of Chicago J.B. Pritzker announced a "stay at home" order amidst coronavirus outbreak. Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared the closure of all the parks and libraries in Chicago from Saturday. Mayor took this decision in respect of the "stay at home" order of the governor and to halt the "non-essential" businesses. People can still go to parks for a walk and physical activities, maintaining a safe social distance.
The facilities provided in parks like field houses are shutdown. People will need to maintain 6 feet distance from each other in any public place. The public libraries of Chicago will be entirely cordoned off. Libraries have been shut looking at the threat of COVID-19 among the librarians. The libraries of other cities like New York, Houston, Boston, and Los Angeles have been closed.
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Chicago Fire Department battling with COVID-19 outbreak.
The novel coronavirus has increased the concern of the Chicago Fire Department as new cases have been reported every day as the first reporters are becoming infected with this deadly virus. The Fire Department allotted four ambulances to provide emergency services to the coronavirus patients. However, this resulted in four confirmed cases in the department, which has troubled the whole department.
Engine 42, located at Illinois Street and Dearborn Avenue, is one of the busiest firehouses in Chicago. The Local 2 Union Representatives have reported that the Chicago paramedics and firefighters are not getting proper guidelines and actions from the officials of the department. A spokesman from the Fire Department has ensured that they are taking care of all the safety protocols and instructions provided by department-wide directives. The government has asked the firefighters and paramedics to stay at home and take rest if they feel sick.
Spanish flu pandemic recollected in Chicago, looking at the current consequences of COVID-19.
The Spanish Influenza outbreak in the year 1918 killed 8,510 people in Chicago in eight months. It was the most deadly hazardous disease spread in the world, which becomes the reason for around 20- 50 million deaths in 1918 and 1919. Unlike coronavirus, Spanish flu affected young and healthy people more. It swept up the whole United States, with 675,000 deaths.
The current scenario of coronavirus pandemics in Chicago is getting worse day by day. As per the report, 163 confirmed cases of coronavirus were added in one day in Illinois, making the total to 583. The public health officials of Chicago has ordered the people to get diagnosed immediately after finding any symptoms. People recounted the Spanish flu as coronavirus is transmitting rapidly in the nation affecting the citizens and economic condition.
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Chicago provides a $100M relief fund for coronavirus victims.
Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot declared a relief fund of $100M to support the people facing hardships due to coronavirus outbreak. She announced the relied package saying that it will help the SMEs to come over the temporary loss caused due to the threat of COVID-19. The mayor collaborated with the Catalyst Fund and other private sponsors to launch the new "Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund." The fund will be provided to the small-business and people deprived of necessary resources with low-interest loans.
The payment date business-related taxes have also been extended to April 30, 2020, looking at the scenario of recession amid coronavirus pandemic. Mayor called the small businesses the heart of the economy. She has taken this decision of relief package to prevent the situation of emergency and maintain the cash flow of small businesses.
Kim Foxx wins despite repercussions in Chicago.
Kim Foxx, Cook County State's attorney, get a comeback with the victory in the re-election on Tuesday, March 17. She received a backlash for handling the case of Jussie Smollett. For helping the actor with the charges of racist and homophobic attacks, the chief prosecutor of Chicago attained strong denunciation. With important steps towards the re-election, Foxx won the Democratic Primary showcasing her ability.
Bill Conway, a rival of Kim Foxx, got capitulated in the race of primary in Cook County, Ill. Ms. Foxx got an enormous number of votes grabbing 48% of the vote. The Associated Press announced the result of the re-election, declaring her the winner. She will be opposed by Pat O'Brien, a former prosecutor, and judge in November. She was elected as the chief prosecutor of Chicago in 2016.
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Trump keeps talking; the economic condition is trembling.
The outbreak of novel coronavirus has smashed the financial markets of the United States. President Donald Trump has continued talking about the impacts of coronavirus and its economic implications. Before the United States witness the closure of the market for a day, Trump put a step forward and has communicated with the governors of the states on March 19, 2020, at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Public health officials of the United States published that coronavirus pandemic will increase the unemployment rate to 10% or more in the country. The president has spoken about the economy of the country on the response of this report and stated, "I think the economy is going to be fantastic" in his 77 minutes press conference on Thursday. He took over the stage again at the same place on Friday and talked about the market conditions.
Free COVID-19 testing in Houston for all age groups.
With the increase in the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, the cities of America are introducing drive-thru testing to prevent rapid coronavirus spread. Houston has planned to expand its COVID-19 testing services from March 22, 2020, for all age groups. The first drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will start conducting the free testing program on Sunday.
The officials have asked the citizens with a chronic illness, cough, difficulty in breathing, or any other COVID-19 to get coronavirus screening immediately. Such residents can call 832-393-4220 for being tested during the working hours of 9 am- 3 pm. The people will receive a unique code which they can use for being tested from the testing locations. Previously, this drive-thru free testing was only for senior citizens of age 65 and older.