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Illinois adopts CDC recommendation for COVID-19 booster shots for children ages 12-15

The Illinois Department of Public Health has adopted the CDC’s recommendation for children ages 12-15 to get their COVID-19 booster vaccine, the department announced. On Wednesday, the Center for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) endorsed their Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation to expand eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old. […]

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NWS issues winter weather advisory for blowing and drifting snow in northern Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for this evening into Wednesday in anticipation of blowing snow that could cause hazardous travel conditions. The advisory will go into effect at 9 p.m. Tuesday and end at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The advisory will cover portions of north-central and northeast Illinois, including Winnebago, Boone, […]

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‘Our hospitals are still completely overwhelmed’: Illinois health officials report record COVID-19 patients in hospital

Illinois officials on Monday reported approximately 6,300 people with COVID-19 in Illinois hospitals, which is the most recorded during the pandemic. Governor JB Pritzker held a press conference Monday afternoon in Chicago to provide a COVID-19 update. “I wish I had better news to deliver about progress against Omicron. Unfortunately, we are reaching all-time record […]

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Governor, hospital leaders urge hospitals in Illinois to pause elective surgeries during COVID-19 surge

Governor JB Pritzker and hospital leaders issued a joint statement urging hospitals to pause non-emergency surgeries to maintain hospital capacity as COVID-19 cases surge. Pritzker and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association said Thursday that they are urging hospitals to “take every possible measure” to maintain and expand bed capacity, including postponing non-emergency surgeries and […]

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More than 6 inches of snow, 40 mph winds expected during New Year’s Day snowstorm in Lake, McHenry counties

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch as much of the Chicago area, including Lake and McHenry counties, will see more than six inches of snow and possibly 40 mph winds on New Year’s Day. The National Weather Service (NWS) said the watch will go into effect Saturday morning through late Saturday […]

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Illinois reports nearly 130,000 new cases, 386 new recorded deaths from COVID-19 in past week

State health officials reported nearly 130,000 new cases and almost 400 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past week in Illinois as hospitalizations continue to increase. Since last Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 128,246 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID in Illinois along with an increase of 386 recorded deaths. […]