Illinois officials reported 673 new known cases of the coronavirus statewide on Thursday, including seven additional deaths. That brings the known statewide total to 2,538 cases and 26 coronavirus-related deaths, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.
This big jump in reported cases comes on the same day Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered Chicago’s entire Lakefront Trail, adjacent parks, The 606 trail and Riverwalk closed until further notice.
Also on Thursday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the “Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund” to support nonprofits and community foundations statewide, which is being led by his sister Penny Pritzker. At the federal level, President Donald Trump approved a major federal disaster declaration for the state of Illinois, which provides additional governmental assistance in dealing with the pandemic.
Worldwide, COVID-19-related deaths have exceeded 23,000, and the number of infected surpassed 500,000, as the number of dead in the United States passed 1,000.
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Following MSNBC contributor Dr. Jason Johnson’s inflammatory remarks about supporters and campaign staffers of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the academic has been temporarily benched by the network, sources confirmed to The Daily Beast.
In recent months, Johnson—a regular fixture of the network’s Democratic primary analysis—has drawn considerable heat for his relentlessly anti-Sanders commentary on MSNBC, which has also come under fire from the left for its skeptical and largely negative coverage of the democratic-socialist senator.
During an interview last week on SiriusXM’s The Karen Hunter Show, Johnson claimed “racist white liberals” support Sanders and that the senator has done “nothing for intersectionality.”
The MSNBC contributor then took aim at the women of color who work for Sanders. “I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit black girls you throw out there to defend you,” Johnson exclaimed.
The remark prompted Sanders’ national press secretary Briahna Joy Gray to retort on Twitter: “I hope we can have political disputes without engaging in open racism and sexism. This misogynoir is disappointing, but not surprising from @DrJasonJohnson.”
Johnson’s over-the-top remarks also sparked wider calls for MSNBC to fire him, but the network has not officially responded.
Johnson’s temporary shelving included him not being involved in coverage of last weekend’s Nevada caucuses or the post-game coverage of Tuesday evening’s South Carolina debate, which aired on CBS. In an email to media outlets hyping its post-debate plans, Johnson’s name was nowhere to be found.
The punishment appears to have also cost Johnson his chance to be on-air during the network’s coverage of this past Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, which Sanders won in a landslide.
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We see green when someone calls Nina Turner, Brie Joy, Ilhan Omar, and other team members of the Sanders campaign:
.@MSNBC#FireJasonJohnson after what is clearly a racist & misogynistic rant. If you allow that hate-filled man, who might hate @BernieSanders because he's Jewish for all we know, to continue to work for you then you're endorsing bigotry & should have your ratings fall to zero.😡 https://t.co/RajKAaIIt7