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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: A Fourth of July without firework shows, parades or open beaches. Bars put on notice about crowds

As the nation set a single-day record for new coronavirus cases, Chicago will celebrate the Fourth of July weekend without firework shows and parades. Beaches and pools will be closed. And while parks will be open, the city says social distance guidelines will be enforced.

The police department’s bike and marine units, along with the fire department’s air-sea rescue unit, will patrol the lakefront through the long weekend, “with boats in the water and the dive teams and helicopters ready to respond to any waterway emergency,” the city said in a pre-holiday release.

Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, the Chicago Riverwalk, the Lakefront Trail and the 606 Trail will be open, along with most neighborhood parks “in accordance with Chicago Department of Public Health guidance for the safety of residents and visitors alike.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot had a sharp warning for bars and restaurants that do not follow the guidelines. “If you squander this opportunity, we will shut you down and you will not reopen anytime soon,” the mayor told holders of liquor licenses during a conference call this week.

On Thursday, the U.S. set a single-day record for new cases for the sixth time in nine days, with more than 50,000 reported for the first time. That’s an 85 percent from two weeks ago. In Illinois, 869 new cases of COVID-19 and 36 additional deaths were reported, bringing the total number of known cases to 144,882 and the death toll to 6,987.

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

7:45 a.m.: Bars and restaurants find themselves at coronavirus crossroads for July Fourth: ‘It’s going to be a tough weekend’

Ahead of a summer holiday weekend that, in normal times, would mean packed patios and crowded bars, restaurant and bar owners are facing fines of up to $10,000 if COVID-19 restrictions are flouted.

It’s a tough line to toe for businesses just barely scraping by after nearly three months of being closed due to the pandemic. In Pilsen, La Vaca Margarita Bar has been open for outdoor dining for a few weeks, converting its parking lot into a patio with tables spaced 6 feet apart. Read more here. — Josh Noel, Louisa Chu, Adam Lukach, Gregory Pratt and Grace Wong

7:30 a.m.: South Side hospital failed to properly triage a pregnant woman who later died, Illinois regulators find

A pregnant woman died after Roseland Community Hospital failed to triage her upon arrival and conduct a medical screening exam, the state health department found in a recent investigation.

The woman, who was 30 weeks pregnant, died at the South Side hospital in May after complaining of abdominal pain, dehydration and general malaise after she arrived at the hospital by ambulance. Her triage note was marked 2:54 p.m. — more than three hours after she arrived.

The Illinois Department of Public Health found Roseland to be out of compliance on the requirement that hospitals meet the emergency needs of patients “in accordance with acceptable standards of practice.” Read more here. -- Lisa Schencker

Here are three things that happened Thursday related to coronavirus in Illinois:

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