Cook County medical examiner confirms 23 more COVID-19 deaths, raising toll to 94

The adults ages ranged from 27 to 90, and are among the 141 who have died in the state so far.

SHARE Cook County medical examiner confirms 23 more COVID-19 deaths, raising toll to 94
Health officials are hoping great attention will be paid to the problem of opioid addiction.

Twenty-three more coronavirus deaths in Cook County were confirmed April 1, 2020, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Sun-Times file

The Cook County medical examiner’s office Wednesday confirmed 23 more deaths from COVID-19, raising the county’s toll to 94.

Five people were pronounced dead Wednesday, seven died Tuesday, one died Monday and six on Sunday, the medical examiner’s office said. Four others died March 28, 27, 25 and 23.

The youngest of the confirmed deaths was 27-year-old James Brooks, of South Shore, who died March 23, the medical examiner’s office said.

Officers responded about 12:40 p.m. to the 7800 block of South Bennett Avenue and found Brooks unresponsive inside of a home, Chicago police and the medical examiner’s office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy found he died of COVID-19 infection with obesity as a contributing factor, the medical examiner’s office said.

June Webber, 90, the oldest victim, was pronounced dead Sunday at Trinity Hospital, the medical examiner’s office said. She died of bronchopneumonia due to COVID-19 infection. Cardiovascular disease and diabetes were listed as contributing factors.

It is the second straight day the medical examiner’s office has announced 23 deaths from the coronavirus in Cook County.

The new confirmed fatalities come as health officials on Wednesday announced an additional 968 COVID-19 cases in Illinois, bringing the state’s total to 6,980 cases. So far, 141 people have died from the disease in the state.

The virus has spread to 56 of the state’s 102 counties, officials said. About 74% of the state’s total cases have been in Cook County.

The Latest
Peyton Sandfort and Filip Rebraca combined to score 20 points over the final seven minutes as the Hawkeyes pulled away from the Wildcats.
In a testy debate between nine mayoral candidates, businessman Willie Wilson was targeted for his repeated calls that police should be allowed to ‘hunt people down like rabbits.’
DeMar DeRozan couldn’t get a call on a key drive in the final minute (“I got fouled”) and the Bulls botched an inbounds play in the final 10 seconds with a chance to tie — their 20th turnover — to halt their winning streak at one.
The Illini (16-6, 7-4 Big Ten) have won seven of their last eight games.
Alec Schmidts had 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds while matching up against some significant size in the Saxons’ frontcourt.