IMA COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - #50
Please visit the IMA’s dedicated COVID-19 page for updates and resources. 

A second lawsuit was filed by an Illinois legislator today in an attempt to block the stay-at-home order Pritzker issued March 20 or any similar measures from being enforced on the Representative and “all citizens similarly situated.” The lawsuit, filed in Winnebago County, is more broad than the previous lawsuit filed that applies only to one individual, as this lawsuit attempts to block the stay-at-home order for all Illinois citizens. The lawsuit will be heard in Monday, May 4.

Yesterday, P resident Donald Trump   signed an executive order under the Defense Production Act to compel meat processing plants to remain open amid  the coronavirus pandemic .
Daily COVID-19 Results
Governor JB Pritzker held his daily press conference and announced:
  1. There are 2,253 new cases of coronavirus in Illinois.
  2. There are a total of 2,215 deaths related to coronavirus in Illinois, including 92 additional deaths announced today.
  3. A total of 50,335 cases have been confirmed in at least 96 of the 102 counties.
  4. There have been 256,667 individuals tested for coronavirus in Illinois.

Press Conference Key Updates

  • Governor Pritzker briefing focused on personal protection equipment (PPE) obtained and distributed by the State of Illinois. To date, Illinois has distributed 20 million items primarily to health care and first responders including 10.1 million surgical masks, 1.8 million N95 masks, 173,000 gowns, 7.7 million gloves, and 440,000 face shields.
  • Illinois received a shipment of PPE from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Monday that included an additional 300,000 N95 masks, 500,000 KN95 masks and 1,000,000 gloves.
  • Pending orders of PPE include 17 million N95 masks, 21 million face masks, 11 million gowns, 14 million gloves, and 7 million googles and face shields.
  • The state has acquired a new decontamination system, currently in place in Waukegan, that is a free service that can decontaminate used N95 masks in 24 hours. The service would allow N95 masks to be decontaminated up to 20 times. 

Employer Resources & Programs

Tomorrow, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., the IMA will host a webinar on maximizing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans funds. In this webinar we'll discuss how your PPP loan funds should be spent and how they should be tracked so your loan can become eligible for forgiveness, as well as a look at any new legislation. We'll also have a Q&A session at the end of our webinar. To register for the webinar, click here .
Mark Denzler
President & CEO
Illinois Manufacturers' Association
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