Illinois officials reported 2,450 additional known coronavirus cases Saturday, a day after the state marked the first time that more than 3,000 new cases were announced in a day, and bringing the total to 58,505. Officials also announced 105 additional deaths, for a total statewide death toll of 2,559.

Yesterday, hundreds of protesters rallied outside state government buildings in Chicago and Springfield to demand Gov. J.B. Pritzker end his stay-at-home order and reopen the Illinois economy as new statewide rules took effect.

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

2:35 p.m.: 2,450 new known COVID-19 cases, 105 additional deaths

Illinois officials reported 2,450 additional known coronavirus cases Saturday, a day after the state marked the first time that more than 3,000 new cases were announced in a day, and bringing the total to 58,505. Officials also announced 105 additional deaths, for a total statewide death toll of 2,559.

1:01 p.m.: Arwady issues a warm-weather warning: ‘I am a little worried…It’s a beautiful day and people are out’

Chicago’s top health official said Saturday she worries people eager to get outdoors and enjoy the pleasant weather this weekend could counteract the progress against the COVID-19 pandemic made through social distancing efforts.

As of Saturday morning, the city reported a total of 22,744 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 962 deaths, Arwady said. Though the rate of infection has slowed, she cautioned the state has not yet seen its peak and will need to keep restrictions in place for some time.

Dr. Allison Arwady, director of the Chicago Department of Public Health, on March 26, 2020.(E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

The city’s new numbers represent an increase of 1,238 new diagnoses and 30 additional deaths since yesterday, Arwady said. The figures have risen, in part, as more testing becomes available, Arwady said.

Another measure the city tracks was also going the wrong direction: cell phone data, which shows the movement of residents, indicates people have been more active outside their homes in the last 24 hours. That could be tied to weather, which brought sunshine yesterday and is expected to reach 75 degrees Saturday.

“I’m worried because we need to get on the other side of this curve,” Arwady said. “We’re not going to see that peak until sometime in May, and the more we have new infections, the more we have people out and about and not abiding by the stay-at-home order, the longer that peak gets pushed.” Read more here. —Elyssa Cherney

10:05 a.m.: Health department provides guidance on how General Assembly could get back to work in Springfield

Several weeks of the General Assembly’s spring session have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and no timeline for reconvening has been announced, even as a growing number of Republican lawmakers is pushing for the General Assembly to return to the State Capitol in Springfield.

The statewide stay-at-home order considers the state legislature and other governmental bodies “essential,” and does not bar them from meeting. Read more here. —Jamie Munks

10:00 a.m.: Farmers markets will open in Chicago area, but most are delayed and are adopting distancing rules

The outdoor farmers market season in Chicago traditionally kicks off on the first Saturday of May at Green City Market. The crown jewel of organic produce transforms a grassy corner of Lincoln Park into a see-and-be-seen event with chefs and lakeside residents mingling among ramps and rhubarb. It’s more a community gathering than simply a means to gather food.

Not this year. Although Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker declared farmers markets among essential businesses in his original stay-at-home order, opening day for Green City Market, and most farmers markets around Chicago and surrounding suburbs, have been postponed due to the pandemic.

Right now we are hoping for the end of May with social distancing and other precautions,” said Melissa Flynn, executive director of Green City, by email. “I am waiting on answers from DCASE and the Chicago Park District.”

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