IMA COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update - #58
Please visit the IMA’s dedicate d CO VID-19 page for updates and resources. 

Tomorrow, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected release a plan for the reopening of Chicago in the same manner that Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phase reopening plan, earlier this week. The IMA will provide an update on the Mayor's plan once it is released but it will not include specific guidance for manufacturers. Rather, tomorrow’s announcement will detail health metrics..

The Governor announced that he will no longer be providing in-person COVID-19 updates on the weekends beginning this weekend. Updated data will still be provided on a daily basis at

Daily COVID-19 Results
Governor JB Pritzker held his daily press conference and announced:
  1. There are 2,641 new cases of coronavirus in Illinois.
  2. There are a total of 3,111 deaths related to coronavirus in Illinois, including 138 additional deaths announced today.
  3. A total of 70,873 cases have been confirmed in at least 97 of the 102 counties. These numbers include many individuals who have already recovered.
  4. There have been 379,043 individuals tested for coronavirus in Illinois.

Press Conference Key Updates

  • Governor Pritzker noted that from March 1, 2020 to April 4, 2020, more Illinois residents filed for unemployment than all of 2019. IDES has now processed more than 1 million unemployment claims and has paid out more than $2 billion this year.
  • The Governor acknowledged that the IDES system was unfit to handle the onslaught of unemployment claims and that thousands of Illinoisans have had issues with UI claims. The Department is working to build capacity, including having workers work overtime, bringing back retired employees, increasing hours, updating phone systems and overhauling the website platform.
  • IDES is now paying unemployment benefits in a timely manner to 99.9% of “clean” claims, with 75% receiving their first payments in two weeks of filing.  
  • On Monday, IDES will begin processing claims for 1099 workers, such as those who are self-employed or are independent contractors.

Employer Resources & Programs

Yesterday, the U.S, Treasury updated their Frequently Asked Questions document with new information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). To view this document, please click here.

On Friday, May 8, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm CST, the IMA will be hosting a webinar on " Getting Back to Work: Managing Your Remote Workforce ." COVID-19 has caused many employers to make changes to their standard processes and procedures, including shifting their employees from working in the office to working from home. While this work arrangement can help employers and employees stay healthy, it can be challenging for both to navigate. To register for this webinar, please click here .

On Tuesday, May 12, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am CST, the IMA will be hosting a webinar on " Best Practices in Reopening Your Business – Next Steps For Employers & Keeping Employees Safe ." This comprehensive discussion led by David B. Ritter, a partner and the Chair of the Barnes & Thornburg LLP Chicago office labor and employment practice and an IMA member as he discusses how to reopen your business safely, including:

  • Reducing risk in the workplace
  • When to return and reopen - who comes back?
  • What to do if someone tests positive
  • Communications – How to share with employees everything the company is doing to keep them safe
  • The 2nd Wave

To register for this webinar, please click here .
Mark Denzler
President & CEO
Illinois Manufacturers' Association
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