During his daily briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that Westlake Hospital, 1225 W. Lake St. in Melrose Park, will reopen temporarily to treat the growing number of patients coming into area hospitals in the western suburbs.
The number of COVID-19 cases in many suburbs is rising rapidly, but residents last week had a hard time accessing the Cook County Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Surveillance Data portal, which is the best tool for tracking confirmed cases within individual suburbs.
During a March 20 video message to families and staffers, District 209 officials deemed the first online learning week for Proviso Township High School students a success. The experiment came in the week after Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that all schools statewide would close on March 16, in order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
An area lawmaker and various hospital administrators across the state are urging Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reopen shuttered hospitals, including Westlake Hospital, 1225 W. Lake St. in Melrose Park, in order to shore up resources in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.