The COVID-19 related death toll in Illinois surpassed 10,000 on Thursday and the daily number of new known cases again hit a new high as the resurgence of the virus continues to escalate.

The state reported 97 additional deaths over a 24-hour period, raising the number of deaths statewide since the pandemic began to 10,030. It was the first time the state’s single-day death toll has surpassed 90 since June 11, when it was 91.

Additionally, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s travel ban will undergo some changes next week, though Chicago officials declined to specify what they would be. Lightfoot and public health commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said they would not be canceling the order, however.

Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

4:25 p.m.: Counties with the worst COVID-19 surges overwhelmingly voted for Trump, analysis shows

U.S. voters went to the polls starkly divided on how they see President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, with a surprising twist: In places where the virus is most rampant now, Trump enjoyed enormous support.

An Associated Press analysis reveals that in 376 counties with the highest number of new cases per capita, the overwhelming majority — 93% of those counties — went for Trump, a rate above other less severely hit areas. Most were rural areas in Montana, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin.

3:13 p.m.: Chicago’s travel order to undergo changes next week, Lightfoot says

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s travel ban will undergo some changes next week, though city officials declined to specify what they would be.

Lightfoot and public health commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said they would not be canceling the order, however.

“Obviously we’re very much aware of what the percent positivity is and other expansion of cases in states certainly in our surrounding area and across the country so we are looking at what makes the most sense and we’ll make an announcement about that soon,” Lightfoot said.

Public health commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady also said there would be “some adjustments” to the travel order, but didn’t specify.

1:44 p.m.: Taste of Chicago, Air Show funding not in city 2021 budget

Summertime 2021 is a distant mirage in Chicago, but if you’re making warm weather plans to help you get through the winter, don’t put Taste of Chicago or the Air and Water Show in your calendar.

With the COVID-19 pandemic expected to continue making large public gatherings dangerous for the foreseeable future, the city has not budgeted next year to run either of the big summer events that draw huge crowds to the lakefront.

Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly told aldermen during his annual budget hearing Thursday that Taste and the Air Show haven’t been canceled yet. But the $9 million or so it takes to run them haven’t been included in his department’s spending plan.

Taste and the Air Show were both canceled this year, as Mayor Lori Lightfoot responded to the coronavirus by clearing the docket of nearly all the major events in Chicago’s downtown and Grant Park.

Taste usually takes place for a week in mid-July in Grant Park, and the Air Show takes over the lakefront for a weekend in mid-August.

1:02 p.m.: Illinois COVID-19 death toll surpasses 10,000, daily case count sets new high

The COVID-19 related death toll in Illinois surpassed 10,000 on Thursday and the daily number of new known cases again hit a new high as the resurgence of the virus continues to escalate.

The state reported 97 additional deaths over a 24-hour period, raising the number of deaths statewide since the pandemic began to 10,030. It was the first time the state’s single-day death toll has surpassed 90 since June 11, when it was 91.

The daily number of newly diagnosed cases was 9,935, also a new high. That raised the known statewide case total to 447,491. The previous high was 7,899 on Sunday.

As of Wednesday night, 3,891 people were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19, with 772 patients in intensive care units and 343 patients on ventilators.

1 p.m.: Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces $10 million grant program for bars and restaurants struggling with COVID-19 shutdown

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is announcing Thursday a $10 million federally funded grant program to help independent Chicago bars and restaurants struggling with shutdowns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Under Lightfoot’s plan, eligible businesses could get up to $10,000 each in grant funds.

In addition, the mayor will propose a cap on the fees that third-party delivery apps can charge restaurants, which will need to be approved by the City Council, and launch a web portal, ChiServes.com, to help hospitality workers find workforce development resources, she said.

Lightfoot has attempted to position herself as a friend to bars and restaurants after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker shut down indoor service due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. She criticized Pritzker’s plan and said she would try to change his mind before dropping her opposition a day later.

But Lightfoot also has faced criticism for stricter rules on liquor sales, which she’s since rescinded, and her own anti-coronavirus measures.

Noon: Chicago Bears send players and coaches home after Cody Whitehair reportedly tests positive for COVID-19

The Chicago Bears closed their facilities Thursday as they deal with a potential COVID-19 outbreak ahead of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

NFL Network reported center Cody Whitehair tested positive for COVID-19, a revelation that comes two days after it was revealed swing tackle Jason Spriggs tested positive. Right guard Germain Ifedi has been in quarantine as a close contact with Spriggs.

And the Tribune’s Brad Biggs reports Whitehair might not be the only new addition to the COVID-19 list, which is for players who either test positive or have been in close contact with someone who has. Whitehair didn’t practice Wednesday because he has a calf injury, but was present during the portion of practice open to the media.

10:58 a.m.: Sangamon County judge dismisses lawsuits challenging Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s coronavirus orders and restrictions

A judge in central Illinois this week dismissed a group of lawsuits challenging Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s authority in issuing pandemic-driven orders and restrictions, calling the arguments in those actions “devoid of facts to support the conclusions.”

The Illinois Supreme Court earlier this year moved to consolidate several lawsuits with near-identical challenges to the governor’s emergency actions, including one filed by a Republican state lawmaker, to Sangamon County Circuit Court.

In their lawsuits, the plaintiffs used “just three factual allegations” in support of their theory that Pritzker overstepped his authority: “the total number of people who have been tested for, contracted and died from COVID-19 in each of their counties,” Sangamon County Circuit Judge Raylene Grischow wrote.

The judge ruled that those allegations are not sufficient to prove the plaintiffs’ claim that COVID-19 is not a public health emergency in their counties. Grischow said she “cautions counsel to set forth facts to support conclusions.” Her ruling was issued Wednesday.

9:22 a.m.: Pilsen mural features residents, including essential workers: ‘It mirrors the community’s resilience’

Though the mural will feature an image of Pedro Duarte and a few other community members who have died, most of the faces will be of people who are alive. At the center will be a phoenix holding in its mouth a serpent that morphs into a border wall and detention cages. At the top left corner, there will be a group of kindergartners playing with Legos in the shape of the city of Chicago. The mural will also include portraits of some essential workers from the neighborhood.

“The wall is a reflection of who we are and it mirrors the community’s resilience,” Serrano said. “We also want to encourage others to acknowledge each other’s presence, power and strength.”

So far, there are about 15 faces on the wall, including one of a mother without legal immigration status carrying her child and a street musician holding a guitar. Zapata has taken photo portraits of all the living subjects.

7:15 a.m.: Red Cross appeals for blood donations, plasma to fight coronavirus

The American Red Cross on Thursday appealed for donors to ward off a seasonal slump in donations that the nonprofit often sees in the fall and early winter, while asking anyone who’s had the novel coronavirus to consider donating plasma for COVID-19 patients.

“The traditional slump in blood donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s comes as the blood supply already faces challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic,” the Chicago-area branch of the Red Cross said in a news release. “Required medical treatments and emergencies don’t pause for the holidays or a widespread coronavirus outbreak.”

When someone donates, the Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma for COVID-19 antibodies.

“The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms,” according to the release. “Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions”

The Red Cross has many blood drives lined up in the Chicago area for the next few weeks. For dates and times, check the agency’s website. People can also use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or use the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. — Chicago Tribune staff

6 a.m.: State driver facilities in West Chicago, Aurora to reopen Thursday after closing because of coronavirus case

Two driver services facilities will reopen Thursday in West Chicago and Aurora after COVID-19 reached the buildings and forced two-week closures.

The West Chicago Commercial Driver’s License at 1280 Powis Road and the Aurora Driver Services facility at 339 East Indian Trail closed in late October after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Employees at both buildings were quarantined for 14 days and the facilities have since been “thoroughly cleaned and disinfected,” according to a press release from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

State officials encouraged people to go online to www.cyberdriveillinois.com for services such as renewing license plate stickers, obtaining replacement driver’s licenses/ID cards and safe driver renewals. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses and identification cards were extended until Feb. 1 because of the pandemic.

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