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Coping with COVID: April 2

South Suburban Family Shelter postpones gala until October. Cases of COVID-19 continue to climb. Governor announces new campaign to encourage Illinois residents to stay the course on physical distancing practices.

The party’s rescheduled. South Suburban Family Shelter had a gala planned for May 2 to mark the organization’s 40th year of assisting those in domestic violence relationships. The Illinois stay-at-home order has put an end to the party, but organizers have been able to reschedule the event to Oct. 2 at Olympia Fields Country Club. The event will kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Cases keep climbing. Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health released the latest number of COVID-19 cases in the state since Wednesday. 
New cases: 715
Deaths: 16
Total cases: 7,695
Total deaths: 157
The Chronicle has been keeping a graph updated since March 19 with each day’s numbers in order to see the trend. In a recent daily briefing, Gov. J.B. Pritzker urged people not to overreact to any one day’s results, whether they spike or drop. Watch the trend over time, he said. For context, Illinois is eighth in the nation for number of cases. New York has more than 93,000. 

#AllinIllinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a campaign to encourage Illinois residents to continue the physical distancing practices that are designed to slow the spread of the virus. Residents can show their support for the effort by displaying All in Illinois signage in their yard or in their window. Signs are available to download here.

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