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CDC recommends masks in Lake County for high-risk people due to medium ‘community level’ COVID-19

The CDC is recommending masks for the elderly and the immunocompromised after Lake County was upgraded to “medium community level” of COVID-19 on Friday. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Friday that 24,646 new cases of COVID-19 and 46 deaths were reported since last Friday. As of Thursday night, 732 people were […]

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State health officials issue warning to Illinois parents about severe liver damage in children

State health officials are warning parents in Illinois after cases of severe hepatitis in children have been reported in the state, including one case that required a liver transplant. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said Monday that it has learned of three suspected cases of severe hepatitis in children under 10 years of […]

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Federal judge ends President Biden’s mask mandate on planes, trains and other public transportation

A federal judge on Monday struck down the Biden administration’s mask mandate for planes, airports, trains and other public transportation. A lawsuit was filed last July by two individuals along with the Health Freedom Defense Fund. The suit named the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and various government officials as defendants, seeking a declaratory […]

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Illinois to shut down all community-based COVID-19 testing sites due to sharp drop in demand

After over 1.5 million COVID-19 tests at ten community-based testing sites in Illinois, officials are shutting them down as demand sharply drops. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Friday that operations at all ten community-based COVID-19 testing sites will end on March 31. The drive-thru sites were established in April 2020. Testing […]

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CDC says cloth masks are least effective, N95 masks provide the ‘highest protection’

The CDC updated their guidance Friday and acknowledged for the first time that cloth masks provide the least protection against COVID-19, while N95s provide the most protection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday updated their public guidance on masks, saying the updates “reflect the science on masking, including what we have […]

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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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CDC recommends ‘test to stay’ strategy as an option for children following study with 90 schools in Lake County

The CDC has issued new guidance nationwide recommending the “test to stay” strategy to keep children in the classroom instead of quarantining following a case study involving 90 schools in Lake County. In August, the Lake County Health Department introduced a “test to stay” strategy, where unvaccinated students can stay in school after school-related COVID-19 […]

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State officials celebrate 1-year anniversary of first COVID-19 vaccinations in Illinois, urge residents to get booster

State officials are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccinations in Illinois and are urging fully-vaccinated residents to receive their booster shots. On December 15, 2020, around 450 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines were administered to health care workers after the first doses were delivered to the state the day before. Since […]