Cook County Reopens Third Vaccination Site In A Week In Effort To Get More Residents VaccinatedDespite the omicron surge, only 70% of Illinois residents eligible for a vaccine are fully vaccinated.
Chicago Has 'Formally Passed The Omicron Peak' As New COVID-19 Infections Decline, Hospitalizations Level Off, Top Doc Says; Cautious Optimism With Similar Trend Reported Statewide“However, we are a long way from being out of the woods, and it’s really important over these next few weeks and months that we continue to work hard on getting folks vaccinated, getting folks tested, continuing to wear masks, because there’s a long way to come down," Dr. Allison Arwady said.
Hundreds Of CPS Students Walk Out To Protest Return To In-Person Classes; Block Traffic In Downtown ChicagoStudents organizing the walkout said they were not asked to contribute to discussions about their academic and personal needs in order to feel safe going back to in-person classes during the Omicron surge of the pandemic.
'Signs Of Promise' In Latest COVID-19 Surge In Chicago, But City's Top Doctor Says It's Too Early To Say Cases Have Peaked“I continue to see signs of progress here, but it is too soon to be clearly saying that we’re turning around,” Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said.
Expert Describes Recent COVID Surge As 'A Flash Flood' As More People Test Positive For The VirusIn Chicago and the suburbs, it's being called a tidal wave of cases as numbers of COVID patients increase following the recent surge.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, State Health Officials Address Latest Rise In COVID-19 CasesIndiana Gov. Eric Holcomb along with State Health Officials addressed the latest rise of COVID-19 in the state Wednesday afternoon. The briefing comes after Lake County set a new record in cases.
Mayor Lightfoot Defends Plans For New Year's Eve Fireworks Display Despite Ongoing COVID-19 Surge“Let’s keep in mind, it’s outdoors, and there was a conscious decision made not only obviously that it’s outdoors, but to spread it out so that we don’t have massive crowds gathering in one place," Lightfoot said.
COVID-19 Pandemic Has Had Rough Impact On Pharmacists, Only Intensified By Omicron VariantCOVID-19 testing, vaccines, prescriptions – during this almost two-year pandemic, pharmacy workers are carrying a heavy load, and the stress is showing.
'Safety Comes First': COVID Forcing Flight Cancellations In Chicago And Around The Country"Airlines can't operate flights without the required number of pilots and flight attendants. Safety comes first."
'Omicron And Delta Are Coming To Your Party': Making New Year's Eve Plans While Dealing With COVID"I think young people, younger folks who feel that they're going to be okay if they get COVID, just remember you give it somebody who's not going to be OK."
CDC Cuts COVID-19 Isolation Guidance Down To 5 Days Amid Omicron SurgeAmericans who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms can stop isolating after five days as long as they continue wearing masks, the CDC announced on Monday.
Gov. JB Pritzker, Illinois' Top Doctor Urge Caution For New Year's Eve Gatherings As COVID Cases Surge; 'Omicron And Delta Are Coming To Your Party'“Let’s be clear, every single event being held during this holiday season will have one or two uninvited unwanted guests: Delta and/or Omicron,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Concerns And Confusion Expressed From Businesses About Mayor's New Vaccine Card MandateWith 2 million COVID cases in Illinois, the state passed that grim threshold after more than 16,000 cases were reported on Wednesday – a new daily record. Surging cases are why Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled her vaccine mandate Tuesday.
How Helpful Are Home Rapid Antigen Tests In Detecting Omicron COVID-19 Variant?The Omicron variant surge is driving a new rush for COVID-19 testing.
CPS Chief Expects More Classrooms To Go Remote After Winter Break Amid Spiking COVID-19 CasesCPS Chief Executive Officer Pedro Martinez said he expects the number of COVID-19 cases among students and staff will go up during the winter break, which began this week.