Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 1,639 new known COVID-19 cases and 8 more deaths reported a day after 11 counties put on ‘warning level’ for resurgence

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 1,639 new known COVID-19 cases and 8 more deaths reported a day after 11 counties put on ‘warning level’ for resurgence

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 1,639 new known COVID-19 cases and 8 more deaths reported a day after 11 counties put on ‘warning level’ for resurgence

Here’s what’s happening this weekend regarding COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

Moms and daughters growing closer during coronavirus pandemic, survey finds

Many parents have felt the stress of balancing being a parent, a de facto teacher and a child’s sole entertainer during months stuck at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But there also are silver linings.

Some moms say the quarantine has helped them grow closer to their daughters. Recent research from anthropologist Grant McCracken indicates that moms are fostering closer bonds; he said among the more than 500 moms in the United States that he surveyed, 59% said they felt the relationship between mother and daughter was becoming more connected.

“That was striking,” he said. Out of all possible relationships in the home, “This was the one that was really flourishing.”

That’s the case for Lindsay Kosciuk, a Bartlett, Ill., mom who said she and her 9-year-old daughter have been able to spend more time together, without the usual packed schedule — swim lessons, play dates, camps.

“Without so many distractions, our bond is even stronger than it was before,” she said. “I have to be her mom, teacher and best friend to really fill the void that COVID has left.”

After plummeting, COVID-19 is again picking up dangerous speed in much of the Midwest

First, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast were hit hardest as the coronavirus tore through the nation. Then it surged across the South. Now the virus is again picking up dangerous speed in much of the Midwest — and in cities from Mississippi to Florida to California that thought they had already seen the worst of it.

As the United States rides what amounts to a second wave of cases, with daily new infections leveling off at an alarming higher mark, there is a deepening national sense that the progress made in fighting the pandemic is coming undone and that no patch of America is safe.

In Missouri, Wisconsin and Illinois, distressed government officials are retightening restrictions on residents and businesses, and sounding warnings about a surge in coronavirus-related hospitalizations.

1,639 new known COVID-19 cases and 8 more fatalities reported

Illinois health officials on Saturday announced 1,639 new known cases of COVID-19 and 8 additional fatalities, bringing the total number of known cases to 180,476 and the statewide death toll to 7,503 since the start of the pandemic. Officials also reported 39,809 new tests in the last 24 hours. The seven-day statewide positivity rate is 3.9%.

Negotiators report progress as Trump, GOP soften on opposition to $600 unemployment bump

Lawmakers participating in rare weekend talks on a huge coronavirus relief measure reported progress on Saturday, as political pressure mounts to restore a newly expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and send funding to help schools reopen.

“This was the longest meeting we had and it was more productive than the other meetings,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “We’re not close yet, but it was a productive discussion — now each side knows where they’re at.”

Schumer spoke alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after meeting for three hours with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

The Democratic duo is eager for an expansive agreement, as are President Donald Trump and top Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. But perhaps one half of Senate Republicans, mostly conservatives and those not facing difficult races this fall, are likely to oppose any deal.

Prior talks yielded little progress. The administration is willing to extend the $600 jobless benefit, at least in the short term, but is balking at other Democratic demands like aid for state and local governments, food stamp increases, and assistance to renters and homeowners.

CPS families given until Aug. 7 to opt out of in-person classes

Although no final decision has been made on what instruction will look like in Chicago Public Schools this fall, parents learned Friday that they have a week to decide whether they will opt their children out of the proposed hybrid approach for fall.

The state’s largest school system has been seeking feedback on its preliminary framework for fall, which combines two days a week of in-person classes with three days of remote learning. Officials have stressed that parents can opt out of in-person instruction for any reason, though the Chicago Teachers Union continues to push back against any reopening of schools this fall without what its members believe are adequate protections against the spread of COVID-19.

Many parents have indicated they share those concerns, but others have said that remote learning is a poor substitute for classroom instruction and that they trust school officials to mitigate the risks of coronavirus transmission.

Parents received word Friday that they will be required to indicate by Aug. 7, through a registration form to be sent to families soon, whether their children will opt-out of the hybrid plan.

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