New COVID mitigation measures are starting in parts of the Chicago area, requiring proof of vaccination for some indoor spaces.
Meanwhile, as Illinois continues to report its highest number of coronavirus pandemics to date, Governor JB Pritzker addressed the recent increase at a press conference on Monday.
Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:
Governor Pritzker provides update on latest COVID-19 wave in Illinois
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker provided an update on COVID-19 in Illinois on Monday, where he warned that “hospitalizations are almost as high as they were last winter when vaccines were not not yet widely available “.
“With the holidays still only a week or two in the rearview mirror, I’m afraid the
the ascent will continue as the virus incubates in those who have been exposed to
end of December, “he said.
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike added that the state sees an average of 550 people admitted to Illinois hospitals each day, “and that 90% of those people are not vaccinated “.
“Although early information indicates that omicron may not cause such a severe disease as delta, we are not seeing fewer people in the hospital because there are so many more people with COVID, period,” a- she declared.
Booster Shots and Omicron: what you need to know about effectiveness, eligibility and more
The omicron variant has led to an expansion of booster shots in the United States as the country goes through its latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
With children as young as 12 years old expected to be eligible for the extra dose soon, what do we know about the effectiveness, safety and more of the booster shots, especially when it comes to the omicron variant?
Here’s what we know so far.
Proof of COVID vaccination now required for certain indoor spaces in Chicago, Cook County
A new vaccine requirement for certain indoor spaces goes into effect in Chicago and many surrounding suburbs on Monday, requiring proof of full COVID vaccination in places like restaurants, bars, gyms and more.
As the new requirements take effect for many, where will you need to have your immunization records close at hand?
Here’s a breakdown.
Aurora Health advocate to hold press conference as hospitalizations reach pandemic high
Experts at lawyer Aurora Health are expected to provide an update on COVID-19 as healthcare system hospitalizations reach pandemic peak.
As COVID-19 cases surpass pandemic highs, three experts at lawyer Aurora Health are expected to “give the latest health system updates on the pandemic, the best way to seek care when they need it and why public health precautions are as important as ever ”.
The address is set at 10 a.m. and can be watched live in the player above.
Chicago mayor to visit businesses as new vaccine requirement begins
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is expected to visit businesses affected by the city’s new vaccine requirement for certain indoor spaces.
The mayor’s public schedule says she will “visit local businesses and thank them for supporting new vaccine requirements for restaurants, bars, gymnasiums and other indoor public places” from 3 p.m.
Live coverage will appear in the player above if available.
Thousands of ‘invalid’ COVID tests as CPS prepares to return from winter break
Thousands of COVID tests for students and staff at Chicago public schools have been found to be “invalid” as the district prepares for a return to classrooms after winter recess.
With an increase in cases statewide and in the district, the CPS reported that 35,590 tests were performed between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1, but 24,843 were found to be “invalid,” according to data published on the district website.
According to the Chicago Teachers Union, many parents have received emails from the company handling the tests indicating that some samples were rated “unsatisfactory” after being delayed in transport to the lab due to shipping and handling issues. weather situation.
Read more here.
Illinois driver services facilities closed due to increase in COVID cases
Illinois driver services facilities and secretary of state’s departments will close for the first half of January due to increased COVID-19 cases statewide, the secretary of state said Jesse White.
The offices will not transact in person from Jan.3 to 17, 2022, although online services will remain open on the Illinois Secretary of State’s website, officials said.
“After careful consideration and out of caution, we have decided to close all driver services facilities from January 3, 2022 to January 17, 2022, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases,” White said. “The health and safety of employees and the public remain paramount, and face-to-face transactions potentially increase the spread of the virus. Our goal is to securely reopen all driver services offices and facilities on January 18 for face-to-face transactions. “
Read more here.
Chicago FOP President John Catanzara Says He Has COVID
Amid an ongoing legal battle over Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccine tenure for city workers, the controversial chairman of Chicago’s largest police union announced this weekend that he had tested positive for COVID-19 during a revolutionary infection.
In a video posted to YouTube on Saturday, John Catanzara told members of the Fraternal Order of Police at Lodge 7 that he ‘fell’ with the virus last week as cases reached unprecedented levels and that the union and the city remained stuck in a vaccine arbitration. mandate. Catanzara, who retired from the police service in November and teased a mayor, noted his symptoms were “mild” and “already easing”.
But he also used the five-minute video to shoot city leaders – and the vaccines he claimed to be baseless are ineffective.
One expert called Catazara’s remarks “dangerous”.
Read more here.
CAT plans to vote this week on whether to work remotely without CPS approval
Chicago Teachers Union leaders told members during a closed-door city hall call Sunday night to report to school on Monday, but they plan to assess support for a distance learning action at the district-wide later this week.
On Tuesday, CTU plans to call a meeting of its House of Delegates, elected members who represent their schools, to discuss city-wide action. The union will also conduct an electronic vote of its members to determine whether they approve remote working without CPS permission. If both are in favor, the union plans to take action and do so from Wednesday, demanding better COVID-19 security protocols, including increased testing and access to better masks.
Read more here.
Sore throat? Runny nose? Common Omicron Symptoms You Should Know About
Breakthrough coronavirus infections are on the rise in Chicago and Illinois, but health experts say it’s likely the symptoms you’ll experience will depend on the vaccine.
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr Allison Arwady, the top doctor in town, said the omicron variant doesn’t necessarily bring a new set of symptoms, but with the vaccines now widely available, many are aware of it. milder cases, depending on their vaccination. status.
“The symptoms we are seeing are no different with omicron than they were with delta, than they were with the original. It’s just that we are seeing more of what we call breakthrough infections.” , Arwady said Wednesday. “So vaccines continue to protect, but not as well against infection, although they continue to protect beautifully against serious disease.”
Read more here.