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  • Gov. Pritzker Announces Industry Specific Guidelines for Phase 3 of Restore Illinois
    May 25. In Phase 3, businesses in the following industries may reopen subject to the new guidelines: retail, offices, manufacturing, barbershops and salons, summer programs, various outdoor recreation activities and bars and restaurants for outdoor dining. This article summarizes some of the guidelines for retail stores.
  • May 22. Dr. Fauci's message was clear: We are moving from staying-at-home to limited physical interaction with one another, and in doing so, it is essential that we each keep a healthy distance (six feet) from one another, wear a face covering, wash our hands regularly, and isolate ourselves if we are sick.

  • Hospitalizations for COVID-19 Declining at Hospitals Serving Evanston
    May 22  COVID-19 Patients peaked around May 3 through May 5 at NorthShore University HealthSystem and a week or two earlier at AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital Evanston.
  • May 22.  As we approach this next phase of our recovery, the City is exploring options for closing sections of streets to vehicular traffic during certain hours to create more dedicated space for walking, biking, dining and other activities. The Evanston City Council will discuss this on Tuesday, May 26.
  • Pritzker Unveils Plan to Open Childcare Centers and Homes in Phase 3
    May 22.Today, Gov. Pritzker discussed the broad parameters of his plan for opening childcare centers, which may be essential to enable many young parents to get back to work. There are still many new COVID-19 cases in Evanston, Cook County and Illinois, but hospitalizations for COVID-19 are on a downward trend.
  • Restaurants and Bars May Open for Outdoor Seating in Phase 3, Evanston Has Lowest Number of COVID-19 Cases in More than a Month
    May 20  The Northeast Region, which includes Evanston, is only about nine days away from moving to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan. As reported in an article posted on this site yesterday, restrictions will be loosened for many businesses and activities in Phase 3.
  • Telehealth, In-Person Visits at Erie Family Health Evanston/Skokie
    May 20  Erie Family Health Centers continues its mission to provide high quality healthcare to underserved populations in the Chicago area during the pandemic. 
  • If CDC’s Guidance on Opening Schools is Followed, K-12 Schools Will Not Be Anywhere Near the Same
    May 20. In a report posted on its website over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains the gating criteria that should be met before opening the economy. The report also contains a section containing its guidance for opening K-12 schools – presupposing that the region in which schools are located meets CDC’s gating criteria.
  • Connections Prepares for Next Stage
    May 19   Moving nearly 200 homeless people into hotels to get them out of the way of an approaching pandemic is bound to involve details that could easily be overlooked.
  • 14 New COVID-19 Cases in Evanston; Northeast Region Still on Track for Phase 3
    May 19  The Northeast Region is less than two weeks away from moving to Phase 3 of Governor J. B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan. Restrictions will be loosened for many businesses and activities in Phase 3, but in virtually every case, the opening or loosening will be subject to guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, which is still forthcoming.
  • Nearly 600 COVID-19 Cases in Evanston, But the Northeast Region Is Approaching Phase 3

    May 18.  The number of Evanston residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 increased by 22 cases today, for a total of 579 cases. The Northeast Region is only about 10 days away from moving to Phase 3 of Governor J. B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan.

  • Gov. Pritzker and Dr. Ezike Stress the Importance of Testing
    May 15  In the last five days, the State averaged 21,727 tests for COVID-19 per day, almost five times the level tested six weeks ago. For the first time, the positive test rate for COVID-19 on a State-wide basis dropped below 10%, a key marker used by some researchers to measure the adequacy of testing.
  • Downtown Evanston Hosts Online Raffle to Raise Money for Small Businesses During Covid-19
    May 14   Downtown Evanston is hosting a raffle to support local businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now through May 30, everyone is invited to purchase $10 tickets for a chance to win $2,250 in gift cards from local shops! The two lucky winners will be announced at 6 p.m. on May 30.
  • Gov. Pritzker: Northeast Region on Track to Move to Phase 3 at end of May
    May 14  The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases of Evanstonians increased by 18 cases in the last 24 hours, for a total of 532 cases since early May. At his briefing this afternoon, May 14, Governor J. B. Pritzker said that the Northeast Region is now on track to move to Phase 3 at the end of this month.
  • Governor Will Enforce Executive Orders
    May 13  One hundred and ninety two Illinoisans lost their lives to COVID-19 in the last 24-hours, the highest number recorded to date, said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. As more businesses and local governments appear to be reopening in defiance of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive orders, the Governor said the State may consider enforcing the orders by withholding federal funds and pulling licenses.
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