CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is among several large American cities identified as
hot spots for COVID-19 infections and will see the number of local
coronavirus cases rise, the U.S. surgeon general said Friday.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on "CBS This Morning" that he is hopeful
New York, which has reported a nation-high 519 deaths and more than 44,000
confirmed cases, will see cases begin to come down next week. But he warned
that Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans "will have a worse week next week."
Cases in Chicago and suburban Cook County account for about three-quarters
of Illinois' 2,538 total as of Thursday afternoon. Chicago and suburban Cook
County authorities have reported 18 deaths linked to the coronavirus, among
Deborah Birx, the White House coordinator for the coronavirus response, also
mentioned Cook County as an area of concern on Thursday.
Earlier Thursday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned that 40,000 people
could need treatment at hospitals in the coming weeks as she ordered the
city's lakefront trails and adjacent parks shut down.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such
as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially
older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more
severe illness and death.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's order requiring residents statewide to stay at
home took effect Saturday. People can still go out for essential errands and
to exercise. Essential industry employees also can keep going to work.
city is working to re-open a shuttered hospital to take pressure off
healthcare workers. Chicago has partnered with hotels to provide thousands
of rooms for people with mild cases who do not require hospitalization but
could still spread the virus at home.