Illinois COVID-19 Updates: Tom Dart Tests Positive, State Reports More Than 7,800 New Cases – NBC Chicago

Here are the latest coronavirus headlines from around the state of Illinois.

Keep in mind: Any news conferences from Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot or other authorities will be streamed in the video gamer above.

Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart Tests Positive for COVID-19

According to the Cook County Sheriffs Office, Dart was tested for the infection on Tuesday and received his favorable test results on Friday.

Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart has checked favorable for coronavirus and is quarantining at his home, authorities announced Saturday.

The constable was last in the workplace on Nov. 19. He started to feel signs of the virus on Friday and instantly self-quarantined.

Illinois Officials Report 7,873 New COVID-19 Cases, 108 Additional Deaths

The state carried out an additional 79,055 tests over the last 24 hours, giving the state an overall of 10,368,278 tests carried out throughout the pandemic.

According to the most recent figures launched by the department, the state has actually now reported 712,936 overall cases of the infection given that the pandemic began, together with 12,137 deaths.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 7,873 validated and probable cases of coronavirus on Saturday, in addition to 108 additional deaths credited to the virus.

Deck the Halls? Not at the Illinois Capitol Due to COVID-19

The Capitol for months has actually been closed to all however workers and others with consent. Trips were suspended months back since of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lights on the Capitol dome will not be used for the second successive year. Engineers have actually suggested that an observation deck, which is normally used to anchor the lights, need to be fortified.

There will be no Christmas tree nor any vacation shows inside or outside the building, The State Journal-Register reported.

The coronavirus has snuffed out some conventional holiday cheer at the Illinois Capitol.

Saturdays Ohio State-Illinois Game Postponed Due to Positive COVID-19 Tests

The announcement came after a 2nd round of coronavirus screening of the Ohio State roster on Friday. The school stated that it had actually seen an increased number of positive COVID-19 tests earlier Friday, with head coach Ryan Day amongst those who evaluated favorable for the disease.

The school made the official announcement Friday night, cancelling the Saturday morning game in between the 2 schools that was set to be played at Champaigns Memorial Stadium.

The University of Illinois home football game versus the Ohio State Buckeyes has actually been delayed after a series of favorable COVID-19 test results within the Ohio State program.

Chicagoland Christmas Trees Selling Fast Amid Pandemic Restrictions

Farmers are now raising their costs on Christmas trees, which could be passed down to the customer.

Some Christmas tree farms in Illinois are needing bookings, due to the pandemic, and since Friday afternoon, many times were currently sold out for the weekend.

It can take a tree 7 to 20 years to reach the preferred height, so entrepreneur cant flood the market overnight, no matter how high the need is.

The coronavirus pandemic has actually made Christmas tree hunting a bit various this year, but that hasnt stopped households from making sure to get their trees in time for the holiday.

The early and high demand for trees comes during an ongoing Christmas tree lack throughout the nation. According to specialists, this shortage has its roots (pun meant) in the 2008 worldwide recession, which caused a downturn in planting seedlings.

Illinois COVID Metrics: A Region-by-Region Look at the States Latest Coronavirus Data

All 11 of Illinois health care regions are presently running under Tier 3 coronavirus mitigation guidelines, however some areas are trending in the right instructions to have those rules reduced in the coming weeks.