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Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Lori Lightfoot were expected to announce Wednesday morning an all-remote learning plan to start the school year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a move that could avert a potential Chicago Teachers Union strike, sources said.

The switch to an all-remote learning plan could come as teachers union leaders are planning to convene the organization’s House of Delegates next week and consider a process that eventually could lead to a strike if CPS doesn’t agree to start the school year with full remote learning, sources said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Illinois health officials Tuesday reported 1,471 new known cases and 19 additional fatalities. The total number of known infections in Illinois now stands at 184,712 and the statewide confirmed death toll is 7,545.

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

6:35 a.m.: Lightfoot, schools and health officials expected to make announcement on public

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

As COVID-19 cases rise in neighboring states, Illinois has expanded testing across the state and on Wednesday announced the highest number of new cases in the month of July with 1,598. There were 23 deaths reported.

“Let me start with the unfortunate truth, COVID-19 has not gone away and it remains a serious threat,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

The total number of known cases in the state are 165,301 and the statewide death toll to 7,347 since the start of the pandemic.

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

7:30 a.m.: Group of unionized university faculty to call for online classes

A group of higher education unions was scheduled to hold an online news conference Thursday morning to call on Illinois colleges and universities to hold online classes this fall because of the dangers of the spread of the

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