Friday update: Illinois moves to the next phase of reopening, plus the latest case numbers

Friday update: Illinois moves to the next phase of reopening, plus the latest case numbers

Updated May 28, 4 p.m.

News reports about COVID-19 have flooded your social media feeds and your TVs, and the numbers and headlines seem to be changing every hour. This is a collection of reliable sources and new information that is updated regularly.

Illinois will enter phase 3 of businesses reopening on Friday. You can read details about what that means here. But in general, it means that more businesses will open but people should still observe social distancing and wear masks when they’re around other people in order to keep slowing the spread of the virus.

Illinois on Thursday announced that 104 more deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total toll to 5,186. And 1,527 new known cases brings that total to 115,833. In Wisconsin, 11 more deaths in one day brought the total toll there to 550. And 512 new cases brings the total to 16,974.

Last week, Advocate Aurora Health leaders held a virtual town hall on Facebook Live to address questions about the latest news about the virus. Led by CEO Jim Skogsbergh, the panel addressed what you can expect when you next go to the doctor and why you shouldn’t wait to call, even if you’re nervous about COVID-19.

“Doctors across the country have been raising this concern: A lot of people have been foregoing their own care over the last few months,” Skogsbergh said during the town hall. “And we certainly understand why, as the fears around COVID are very real. We are concerned that many of you are not seeking the care that you need, whether that’s chronic issues management like diabetes and hypertension. Whether it’s skipping necessary screenings like mammograms. Whether it’s missing vaccinations or immunizations for yourself or your children.”

You can watch the full video for yourself below, as the panel dispels misinformation about the virus and provides the latest details they have in the fight against COVID-19.

Community Town Hall Facebook Live: Answering Your Questions

COVID-19 has created uncertainties and fears amongst consumers— We went live with Advocate Aurora Health CEO Jim Skogsbergh, who was joined by our top experts to answer your questions. We shared what important steps you can take to stay healthy and what you can expect from us when you visit the doctor’s office or come to one of our campuses. View the segment below that addresses your questions.

Posted by Advocate Aurora Health on Thursday, May 14, 2020

News reports have suggested that people aren’t getting care for even the most serious health problems, like heart attacks and strokes. That leads to unnecessary deaths. Just because COVID-19 rightly has dominated everyone’s attention for months doesn’t mean your other important health issues have gone away.

With that in mind, Advocate Aurora Health is starting to slowly reactivate its services where it’s appropriate and safe. If you’ve been putting off care, now is the time to call your doctor. And if a procedure you’d been planning on was canceled because of the pandemic, now is the time to call and check in about when it might be rescheduled.

Reactivation of services comes with a new Safe Care Promise that Advocate Aurora leaders unveiled on Thursday. Here’s what that entails.

  • All patients, team members, providers and approved guests will be screened before entering a hospital, office or other care site.
  • Patients, team members, providers and approved guests are all provided with a mask before entering.
  • Social distancing will be observed. Our newly designed waiting areas and staggered appointment times reduce traffic, minimizing contact and creating safe spaces for all.
  • Virtual check-ins through the LiveWell mobile phone app provides for seamless, low-contact arrivals.
  • All public and treatment areas will undergo additional disinfectant and cleaning throughout the day and hand sanitizer will be readily available.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six well-known symptoms to its list of well-known COVID-19 signs. The federal agency already had reported that fever, cough and shortness of breath were key symptoms. Now, they’ve added chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

You can read the CDC’s full page on COVID-19 symptoms for yourself by going here.

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing these symptoms, you can start with a COVID-19 Symptom Checker that can be found here. It has been updated to reflect the CDC’s newest set of symptoms.

Part of slowing the spread includes wearing a face mask. Masks aren’t meant to protect you from the virus. They are meant to try to prevent you from spreading it, and they’re no replacement for social distancing.

You can read more about masks directly from an infectious disease expert by going here.

“It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus,” the CDC reports on its website. “CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.”

The flood of news be scary and confusing, even when coming from trustworthy mainstream media reports. But there also are national and local public resources available online where you can keep track of the latest COVID-19 advice and reports for yourself, whether you’re trying to plan travel, inform your relatives or just get through the day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a trustworthy public source. It released a video answering many questions about COVID-19.

It also has a video about the importance of social distancing, the buzzword used to describe what Pritzker and Evers are asking people to do.

The CDC also released a video about how the virus spreads.

In addition, some key resources that you can bookmark are listed below.

The CDC updates its website regularly, using clear language to give you the latest information known by public health experts. Here are a few key pages:

In addition, states update their own public health pages that have more local data and guidance. The governors of both Illinois and Wisconsin have called on people to keep gatherings to less than 10 people.

Advocate Aurora Health is keeping its own updated page that you can find here.

This story will be updated to include new and additional materials as they become relevant or available. Sign up to have email newsletters delivered to you by going here.

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13 Comments

  1. With all the closing of churches, businesses, etc. & limiting gathering of people, everyone one is going crazy at the grocery stores,
    & don’t think it was right to still have the primary.

  2. ROSELYN JANSSEN March 23, 2020 at 11:51 am · Reply

    Also, everyone is having different symptoms. The cough is the only symptom that’s guaranteed! Any way you look at it. Most businesses are still open, plus everyone shopping. I hope this even helps. Plus I see people not leaving the house, but having other people over. Duh, that’s not ok! Praying for us all!!

  3. This is a time when I like to quote one of my favorite philosophers, the Fram Oil Filter guy in their commercials. He states, “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.” Being careful and maintaining social distancing is a great challenge. Not doing so can only prolong the current environment and could make things worse. Let’s all double down and do what’s right. The virus doesn’t care that this is annoying us in short term. Time is an ally, so we need to give our scientists and medical professionals as much as we can so that we can put this threat in the rear view mirror.

  4. I am a retired RN (Aurora) with an active license. Am I needed?

  5. DAVID H Radloff March 30, 2020 at 12:19 pm · Reply

    Scare tactics. Keep telling the number of new cases, yet never mentioning the number of recovered cases in either state.

  6. That concerns me also. We need not only sober, accurate reporting without histrionics, but also reports of recoveries.

  7. As I have said my entire professional life, this is the time to make the beta mistake. It is better to social distance and follow the guidelines only to find out that it was necessary, rather than ignore the science and find out that you set yourself and others up to contract the virus. Science and the virus really don’t care what anyone thinks or believes.

    • Yes, this. Just exactly what Terry F. is saying, and I’ll try not to be-labor the point too much with more agreement.

      I do also agree with other commenters that we should keep from “histrionics”, though I disagree that reporting data and facts should be considered such. There is a huge tendency with this pandemic to make it political, where people are “owning” political enemies, and belittling others for taking common sense precautions, or insisting that everything open up with ZERO precautions in place, having not learned their lesson at all.

      This notion that science and facts would give 2 sharts who is liberal, conservative, so-called “virtue signaling” by wearing a mask, etc. is ridiculous.

      We need to rely on the news media more than ever for facts and guidance with so many forces out there trying to change the narrative into something political. Facts are important and should be reported. As it stands the facts are:
      “Illinois on Thursday announced that 104 more deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total toll to 5,186. And 1,527 new known cases brings that total to 115,833. In Wisconsin, 11 more deaths in one day brought the total toll there to 550. And 512 new cases brings the total to 16,974.” (quoted from article)

      If that sounds outrageous to you, it is because it IS outrageous. This is actually happening. The news media is not making up these numbers. Behind each number is a PERSON. This IS happening.

      Please spare me the line, why aren’t they reporting on the recoveries?! They are. Just because it isn’t in this specific article doesn’t mean it isn’t getting reported on. There are lots of great survivor stories out there. Unfortunately, there are also a ton of heartbreaking experiences suffered by regular, every day people.

      Stop picking fights with one another. Look at this logically – take common sense precautions. Don’t roll your eyes at me for wearing a mask. I work in a hospital and I’m wearing a mask to protect YOU.

      The worst part about this is that a person can be asymptomatic but give it to someone who experiences the full blown effects of the disease. People are dying of this. It isn’t just the old people and it isn’t just the sick people. Healthy, athletic people are getting it. We can’t mitigate risk to 0, but we can mitigate it to more acceptable levels.

      Troy E I get where you are coming from but the problem is that there has been a huge push against taking these common sense precautions against the virus and it spread rapidly. Even with all the deaths and illness and craziness, there are still people who insist that this is a hoax, they ignore the social distancing mandates, won’t wear a mask when they are in close proximity to others. We are going to start opening things back up, not because COVID is cured but because people are tired of lockdown. Guess what will likely happen because people won’t use their common sense when they are given the luxury of restaurants and business and things being open again? Cases will spike. Because we can’t trust everyone to do the right thing.

  8. Finger error. “… follow the guidelines only to find out it wasn’t necessary …” I apologize.

  9. We need to stay focus on being safe, distancing ourselves, continue the Stay Safe at home law and stay sanitized(washing hands). We know and see the number of positive cases and deaths, so this is real stuff people. Let’s not get too anxious to go back to the norm when the norm is still at risk. Let’s continue to follow what the scientists says and the Stay at home law until it’s confirmed safe for everyone and our loved ones to get back to the normal we all love and cherish.

  10. Common sense needs to prevail and people need freedom to make educated decisions, sick? Stay home, at risk? Stay home. Scared of your neighbor? Stay home. Allow the 95 % who will be unaffected by the virus to get back to work and life. Give choices and make choices
    Society always faces risks and deals with them logically or society breaks down. Breakdown is much closer than you think. It is impossible to remove all risk from life and nature.

  11. Common sense needs to prevail and people need freedom to make educated decisions, sick? Stay home, at risk? Stay home. Scared of your neighbor? Stay home. Allow the 95 % who will be unaffected by the virus to get back to work and life. Give choices and make choices
    Society always faces risks and deals with them logically or society breaks down. It is impossible to remove all risk from life and nature and the consequences of continued isolation and inability to function will have a greater impact than ta virus.
    We can do this and keep our most vulnerable citizens safe.

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Mike Riopell
Mike Riopell

Mike Riopell, health enews contributor, is a media relations coordinator with Advocate Aurora Health. He previously worked as a reporter and editor covering politics and government for the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and Bloomington Pantagraph, among others. He enjoys bicycles, home repair, flannel shirts and being outside.