COVID- 19 Timeline (with links)

Saturday, April 11, 2020 10:26 AM | Anne Hengehold (Administrator)

COVID-19 Timeline:

  • April 6th – EO issued allowing simple verbal attestations for public benefits applications.
  • April 1st  Second Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation issued through April 30th. All COVID-19 EOs extended through this date. EO issued allowing unlicensed medical and nursing students to provide healthcare assistance related to the pandemic response. 
  • April 1st  Arts for Illinois Relief Fund launched to support Illinois artists and non-profits
  • March 28th – EO suspending vehicle repossessions; EO extending cannabis application deadlines.
  • March 27th – EO suspending school testing, attendance requirements, expanding daycare access for essential employees. 
  • March 26th  EO suspending IDOC transfers; EO allowing remote witnessing and counterparty signatures
  • March 26th – Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund announced to assist non-profits, with $23M in initial commitments from individuals, corporations, and philanthropies.
  • March 26th – Federal government approves state major disaster declaration.
  • March 25th – Three programs totaling $94M to support small businesses announced
  • March 24th – Governor issues EO streamlining healthcare worker background checks 
  • March 23rd  Essential Equipment Task Force announced, which is a P3 (State, IMA, iBIO) to manufacture PPE and medical supplies.
  • March 23rd – State executes contracts to obtain 3.5 million masks and other PPE
  • March 21st  Stay-At-Home order takes effect at 5 P.M.
  • March 20th  Stay-At-Home order issued with exceptions. See details below.
  • March 19th – EO expanding telehealth access issued
  • March 18th – Governor Pritzker announces coronavirus.illinois.gov, a website to update the public about COVID-19, which will be updated daily. Local health department websites are likely to have more up to date information about number of cases.
  • March 17th – Governor Pritzker working with Illinois Sheriffs to prevent evictions. 
  • March 17th – Illinois utility companies have agreed not to shut off services at least in the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation. Many have agreed not to shut off service for even longer periods.
  • March 16th – Illinois Gaming Board announces suspension of all licensed video gaming operations, effective at 9 pm on March 16th through March 30th.
  • March 16th – Executive Order 2020 – 07 signed, suspending all on-premises consumption of food and beverages in businesses, prohibiting gatherings of 50 or more people, and allowing for public bodies to meet remotely.
  • March 15th – Executive Order 2020 – 06 signed, amending 2020 – 05 by exempting certain schools from closing educational services. 
  • March 13th – Executive Order 2020 – 05 signed, closing schools from March 17th through March 30th.
  • March 13th – Executive Order 2020 – 04 signed, to limit gatherings of 1,000 people or more.
  • March 12th – Executive Order 2020 – 03 signed, to extend the deadline for Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act applications from March 16th to March 30. 
  • March 11th – WHO characterized the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic.
  • Late 2019 – COVID-19 outbreak emerges.

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