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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Tuesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

State officials Monday announced three more deaths related to the new coronavirus and 236 new cases, bringing the death toll in Illinois to 12 and the total number of cases since the start of the outbreak to 1,285.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he spoke Monday afternoon by phone with President Donald Trump to discuss Illinois’ need for more masks and ventilators to fight COVID-19, saying “the president was very responsive, frankly.” This followed a Twitter spat Sunday Illinois News  between the two after the governor claimed that the lack of federal action has made it harder and costlier for Illinois to fight the outbreak.

At the same time, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said her administration wouldn’t be waiting around for the federal government for help.

The news comes as Illinois has begun its first full week under Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, which lasts through April 7. Neighboring Indiana goes under a similar order starting at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, authorities say the U.S. – which had more than 46,000 infections and 530 deaths through Monday – is on track to eventually overtake China’s nearly 82,000 infections; how soon that happens depends on how seriously Americans take the state-at-home restrictions.

As the virus spreads, the Tribune is keeping a running list of Chicago-area closings and cancellations, Press Release Distribution Service tracking cases across the state and asking experts to answer your questions about COVID-19.

Here are the latest updates Tuesday on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and Illinois:

11:36 a.m.: Niles man taunts police officer, ‘now you have the corona’ after coughing, police say
A Niles man arrested on a DUI charge earlier this month is accused of repeatedly coughing on a Niles police officer and taunting the officer, telling him he now had coronavirus.

Grzegorz T. Kuprowski, 52, was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer among other charges in connection with the March 14 incident, Niles police said.

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