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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 expected to withdraw vaccine, testing mandate on larger public employers after Supreme Court ruling

(The Center Square) – Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the Biden administration’s vaccine or testing mandate on private businesses, Illinois is expected to withdraw their mandate, which mirrored the federal one. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate on private sector businesses with more than 100 employees. The […]

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Illinois Secretary of State extends closure of all driving service facilities for additional week due to COVID-19 cases

Earlier this month, the Illinois Secretary of State closed all driving service facilities due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. The agency now says they are delaying the reopening until late this month. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said that all Secretary of State departments stopped conducting in-person transactions, including driver services facilities, on […]

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U.S. Supreme Court blocks President Biden, OSHA’s vaccine-or-testing mandate for private businesses

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Biden’s OSHA-backed vaccine-or-testing mandate for private businesses. The court issued its ruling, saying that OSHA lacked the authority to impose the mandate. Three of the nine justices issued a dissenting opinion. The conservative justices said that 84 million Americans being ordered to either obtain a COVID–19 vaccine […]

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Gov. Pritzker deploying over 2,000 health care workers to Illinois hospitals to deal with ‘unprecedented’ COVID-19 cases

Gov. JB Pritzker announced he is deploying over 2,000 health care workers to Illinois hospitals to deal with record COVID-19 hospitalizations, which he called “unprecedented.” Pritzker held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss the latest COVID-19 surge. “With record COVID hospitalizations here and across the nation, the most important strategy that we’re following is […]

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Illinois Department of Corrections halts inmate transfers from county jails to state prisons, citing COVID-19 surge

The Illinois Department of Corrections has paused inmate transfers from county jails to state prisons after COVID-19 outbreaks were reported at their correctional facilities. Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) Public Information Officer Lindsey Hess said the Graham, Logan Menard and Northern Reception and Classification Centers experienced outbreaks. Those correctional facilities are where inmates are transferred […]

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With U.S. Supreme Court challenge pending, Illinois adopts OSHA’s employer vaccine mandate

(The Center Square) – New rules filed by the Illinois Department of Labor on Friday adopt OSHA’s vaccine and testing mandates on employers with more than 100 employees. The state agency said the final rules are not open to appeal or challenge and adopt the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing […]

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IDPH, ISBE to update COVID-19 isolation guidelines for schools to align with CDC

(The Center Square) – Illinois officials are updating COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidelines for schools to mirror new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC issued new guidance on Tuesday that shortened the isolation and quarantine periods for the general public from 10 days to five days. Parents across the […]