Kartemquin Films’ Quinn diagnosed with COVID-19

There are now 134 reported new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 422, with at least four deaths. This according to the Chicago Tribune. Unfortunately, among those new cases is Chicago’s acclaimed documentary filmmaker and Kartemquin Films co-founder Gordon Quinn.

Quinn, whose credits include Hoop Dreams and recent Oscar nominee Minding the Gap, is now in Northwestern Hospital according to a post on healthcare fundraising site, CaringBridge. Read the post, from friend Jenny Rohrer, below:

“Our dear friend Gordon Quinn is in Northwestern Hospital in Chicago with Covid-19. He seems to have caught the virus while at the Australian International Documentary Conference in Melbourne. He’s been sick for about a week, following having a hard time finding a COVID-19 test, and finally being admitted to the ER by his doctor. I just spoke with his wife, Meg Gerken, who will co-author this Caring Bridge site. Meg is self-isolating till the end of the month, but is feeling fine currently. Meg just told me they put Gordon on a ventilator at midnight last night because he couldn’t breathe. Please spread the news about this site as we’ll keep it up to date with the latest news. Please pray, wish hard or do whatever you can to bring good health back to this wonderful man.”

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According to the Chicago Tribune, Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to issue a “shelter-in-place” order for Illinois starting Saturday, essentially commanding residents to stay in their homes as the officials take drastic measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, sources told the Tribune. A similar order already took effect in California today.

In addition, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she will keep Chicago Public Schools closed until April 20, while Pritzker announced three more deaths in Illinois associated with COVID-19.

Click here to visit Gordon’s CaringBridge page, where you can show your support. 

Reel Chicago wishes Gordon and his family a speedy recovery.

SOURCE: CaringBridge

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