Illinois saw a slight drop in the number of coronavirus cases Saturday, but state positivity continued to rise as concerns over the spread of the virus statewide.
That increase in the number of cases has led some to call on Illinois residents to settle down and limit their socializing, with Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin all hitting new record highs in the daily totals of cases in recent days.
In the outskirts of Evanston, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management suspended personal learning after multiple students tested positive for the virus.
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Northwestern School will discontinue in-person classes after positive COVID-19 tests
Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management says it suspended in-person classes for two weeks after four students attending recent off-campus meetings tested positive for COVID-19.
Kellogg’s program for full-time Master of Business Administration students, based in Evanston, will shift to distance learning Monday through Oct. 30, a school spokesperson said.
Northwestern’s announcement Friday came two days after the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business announced it would be moving away due to an increase in COVID-19 cases among its students. More than 100 students were told to go into quarantine after a large group of full-time MBA students gathered off campus on Chicago’s north side, many without a face cover, the school said.
Illinois Health Officials are reporting 3,629 new cases of coronavirus as the positivity rate increases
Health officials reported a further 3,629 cases of coronavirus on Saturday as the state’s positivity rate continues to rise over seven days.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Saturday’s new coronavirus cases bring the total to 339,803 statewide since the pandemic began.
Officials also reported 27 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total COVID-19-related fatalities to 9,192.
The state’s positivity rate has also risen, from 5.1% to 5.2% in the past seven days.
“Strengthen your social circles,” says Chicago Doctor as COVID-19 Cases Surge
The University of Chicago physician who caught the nation’s attention with a passionate, and rather blunt, advocacy of social aloofness advises people to settle down and limit their social contacts, as Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin are all record numbers see cases of coronavirus.
“It’s a bit like we’re climbing a mountain,” said Dr. Emily Landon, Executive Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University of Chicago Medicine. “We went up in March and April, and then down a bit. Now we go upstairs again. ”
Landon added that she is concerned that the current peak will be higher than Illinois’s in the summer, but says she understands why residents are frustrated with ongoing restrictions.
“Everyone gets tired of COVID,” she said. “It makes me sick, you get tired of COVID, and the idea of continuing to make sacrifices as we head into the fall and have another winter at home weighs heavily on people’s minds.”