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Jake Wittich is a staff reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Pritzker rolls out mental health hotline as Illinois coronavirus case tally tops 19,000

The virus has now been reported in 86 of the state’s 102 counties. Nearly 93,000 people have been tested.

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Edgewater restaurant owners offer free meals, ‘beacon of normalcy’ during the pandemic

Mike Bancroft and Anne Kostroski of Sauce and Bread Kitchen have given hundreds of free meals to unemployed restaurant workers as well as artists, doctors and others in need.

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Veterans hospital employees fear new work-from-home ban will endanger community

The hospital’s new director, James Doelling, sent an email to Hines VA staffers calling for "all hands on deck" after many employees had already been working from home for weeks.

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Illinois surpasses 11K COVID-19 cases as death toll reaches 274

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike — donning protective face masks they removed before speaking — also announced during their Sunday coronavirus update 899 new cases of COVID-19, marking 11,256 confirmed cases in Illinois since the pandemic first hit.

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2 Evergreen Park Walmart employees die after contracting the coronavirus

The two employees worked at the store at 2500 W. 95th St. in the south suburb, which remained open Saturday.

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Illinois surpasses 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 243 deaths

Thirty-three deaths and 1,453 new cases of COVID-19 were announced Satuday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike reported in their daily coronavirus update.

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Illinois confirms more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases as testing capacity grows

The 1,105 new cases reported Sunday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker include 18 deaths and bring Illinois total number of cases to 4,596 and 65 deaths.

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Their wedding upended by coronavirus, Lincoln Park couple says ‘I do’ via live-streamed ceremony

The couple, Aron Croft and Rachel Jacobs, remained in good spirits throughout the ceremony despite the occasional technical difficulty — and barking dogs.

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Grocery stores advised to prohibit use of reusable bags during coronavirus pandemic

The reusable bag guidance was one of several new best practices Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced during his Saturday briefing that are aimed at protecting grocery store shoppers and workers from becoming infected.

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Chicago infant, state worker among 13 latest coronavirus deaths as Illinois case tally jumps to 3,491

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the latest spike in COVID-19 cases a week after his statewide stay-at-home order went into effect to contain the spread.