Roger Sosa, executive director of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, says 45 percent of businesses that responded to a chamber survey said they've shut down "until further notice" because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New jobless claims soared to more than 6.6 million nationwide last week, double the initial COVID-19 related surge from the week before. But only one Evanston employer so far has notified the state of a mass layoff.
Likely to no one's surprise, the COVID-19 dominated our list of the most-read stories on Evanston Now for March. With the site drawing nearly three times its typical monthly traffic, the pandemic was top of mind for everybody.