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  • COVID-19: Can Evanston Meet the Peak?
    As we enter what epidemiologists believe will be the peak month for the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois, I wanted to share answers to a few questions residents have posed to me recently. These responses have been reviewed and affirmed by the Presidents of both Evanston hospitals – AMITA Health St. Francis and NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston Hospital) – and our Public Health Director, Ike Ogbo.
  • April 3  A second resident at the Three Crowns retirement community in northwest Evanston has died after testing positive for the Coronavirus, the facility has reported.
  • NorthShore University Health System Ready to Address Expected Surge in COVID-19 Patients
    April 3. Mr. Silverstein was reluctant to state a number for the projected peak number of COVID-19 cases.  “I want to be careful about putting projections out there because they could be so wrong”, he noted. “We have been watching the trajectory over the past two weeks. We think we will have enough med surg beds and ICU beds to handle what is predicted to be the surge over the next two to four weeks.”
  • COVID-19 Cases for Evanstonians Increase by 6 cases to 103
    April 3.  Governor Pritzker has provided updates on efforts to increase the number of beds available to care for the expected influx of COVID-19 patients. Construction is underway at McCormick Place to add 3,000 beds, with the first 500 ready this week. Three hospitals in the Chicago area that were recently closed will be reopened by the end of this month to help with the expected influx.
  • NorthShore Moving to Convert Glenbrook Hospital Into Temporary Site for Covid-19 Patients
    April 2   NorthShore University HealthSystem is moving to cohort patients with Covid-19 infections to a single site, at Glenbrook Hospital, with forecasts predicting a surge in those cases in coming weeks.
  • COVID-19 Cases for Evanstonians Increase by  8 Cases to 97; Updated Study Forecasts 3,386 Deaths in Illinois Through Aug. 4
    April 2. The latest update to a national study predicts that the number of deaths per day due to COVID-19 in Illinois will peak at 109 on April 20, and that there will be a total of 3,386 deaths in Illinois due to COVID-19 through Aug. 4.
  • Good Morning, Evanston
    It's April 2, the 93rd day of the year. Yesterday the temperature of Lake Michigan was 43 degrees at the Chicago crib and 44 degrees at the Chicago shore. And the old Robert Crown Center is down, down, down. Steve Jordan’s drone photo came with the notation “Dethroned?”
  • City Provides Operations Update as Statewide ‘Stay at Home’ Order Extended through April 30
    April 2   In the wake of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s decision to extend the statewide Stay- at-Home order through April 30, the City of Evanston has announced updates to services and operations.
  • April 1, 2020 – Census Day, Not April Fool’s Day
    Today is Census Day, and we encourage everyone who has not responded to the census questions to do so. Responses are confidential but they are legally required. Residents have received an invitation and a Census ID. So log on and be counted
  • April1. At 7 o’clock on the dot, swilling a cocktail and acoustic guitar in hand, David Ramirez settled into his seat. He waved at the camera and got ready to play. With a little mood lighting to set the atmosphere, he checked his equipment.
  • Governor Extends 'Stay-at-Home' Through April 30, City Sets Objectives in Response to Covid-19 Virus
    March 31. City officials have established an incident command system and set a list of objectives, moving forward on what now looks like an extended fight against the Covid-19 virus.
  • IHMS Study Predicts COVID-19 Epidemic to Peak in Mid-April in Illinois
    March 31. The number of deaths per day in Illinois is projected to peak at 88 deaths on April 15 and remain at that level until April 19, after which the number of deaths will decline each day until the study projects there will be no deaths on May 23. The study projects there will be no deaths from May 23 through Aug. 1.
  • It’s March 31, the 91st day of the year. Yesterday’s Lake Michigan temperatures were 43 degrees at the Chicago crib and 44 degrees at the Chicago shore.
  • Patrons Have to Wait to Enjoy the New Crown Library – Again

    March 31.   The grand opening of the new Robert Crown Branch of the Evanston Public Library is just one of the myriad festivities postponed by the covid-19 pandemic. The official opening was to have been March 14, but a couple of weeks before, on Feb. 29, the branch was open for patrons and visitors. RoundTable photographer Lynn Trautmann was able to check out people in the act – of reading, exploring, using computers and, yes, even getting new library cards.

  • Two Young Men Shot in the Alley Near Custer Street
    March 30.  On March 28, at 10:57 p.m., Evanston police officers responded to the area of the 300 block of Custer, after receiving multiple calls of shots fired in the area. Officers arrived but did not find any victims or offenders, said Commander Brian Henry of the Evanston Police Department.
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