Spanish flu pandemic recollected in Chi Chicago
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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Midway Airport's workers test positive for COVID-19 in Chicago
The transportation through the air has been banned in Chicago after numerous workers of Midway Airport of Chicago tested positive for coronavirus. The FAA reported these cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, March 17. After the coronavirus diagnosis of the air traffic control tower technicians, the FAA control tower has been closed. Currently, it is only open with limited access. Chicago Department of Aviation shared this closure of air travel informed that Midway Airport would operate in the limit till further notice.
The FAA has detailed that the FAA control tower has been disinfected as per the standards of Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The coronavirus testing of the airport workers was announced by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Labour union informed about this action of NATCA and hoped that there would be no more positive results of coronavirus.
Slo Jam of Chicago is going online due to COVID-19.
The outbreak of coronavirus has brought up social isolation in the world. Slo Jam, Chicago LGBTQ dance party, is going to fill that void of social isolation by introducing its party online. Kristen Kaza, the event producer, has fabricated a new way to party online amidst the coronavirus pandemic. She used to host Slo Jam party at the Whistler, which was scheduled to take place on the upcoming Thursday. However, due to bans on public events, restaurants, and bars, it got canceled.
She said that this outbreak is not only affecting the finance but also affecting the zeal of her career. She introduced "Slo 'Mo from Homo: A Digital Dance Party" on Facebook and Instagram to bring up live streaming of DJ sets. The event will have the performance of DJs Audio Jack and VITIGRRL. The party will be on in Chicago with no entry tickets but with a donation of $5.
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Californian officials warned federal budget cuts would impede pandemics preparation.
Since the last decade, California public health officials instructed the administration several times that epidemics like Coronavirus will be left vulnerable due to the federal budget cuts. The state is facing financial problems in fighting with the novel Coronavirus due to the ignorance of the elected leaders. They continued to cut federal grants and other funding to the state and county health agencies. It resulted in the reduction of the number of workers in the health department, putting the labs at risk, and creating an inability of the state to set up mobile hospitals.
Due to this budget cut, California is currently facing the need for test kits and hospital beds. The Riverside county is battling with a few trained staff, epidemiologists, lab staff, and antiquated equipment. In the last 15 years, 15 laboratories were closed in California state as recounted by Kat DeBurgh, executive director of the Health Officers Association of California.
Californian government announces a "stay at home" order.
With a report of 246,275 cases of novel coronavirus and 10,038 deaths, the Californian government has issued a "lockdown" order for 40 million residents. Californian Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the citizens of California to stay at home on Thursday night, March 19. It is the first statewide lockdown order generated in the state in virtue of coronavirus pandemic. This order does not imply for people going for gas stations, grocery stores, farmer markets, and to needy relatives.
It has been believed that social gathering restrictions and "stay at home" orders will help the state to fight with this hazardous disease. Moreover, the production of vaccines for the treatment of COVID-19 will take around 12 to 18 months, which is a very long time. So, people need to take precautions to prevent the transmission of this virus.