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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 […]

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Health officials say new antiviral COVID-19 pills will be available in Illinois this month

The state health department announced that two new COVID-19 oral antivirals, which have been shown to reduce hospitalizations, will be arriving in Illinois later this month. Paxlovid, made by Pfizer, and Molnupiravir, made by Merck, were both given emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December. The antivirals are for those […]

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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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Multiple Lake County municipalities say they won’t follow Highland Park’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements

Multiple municipalities in Lake County say they are no longer considering proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements for businesses after the City of Highland Park’s passed an order in their city. The Highland Park City Council passed an order last Wednesday that will require certain businesses to check proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all patrons, including […]

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Nearly 60 inmates, corrections officers test positive for COVID-19 at McHenry County Jail

The McHenry County Jail is on lockdown after nearly 60 inmates and corrections officers tested positive for COVID-19, the sheriff’s office said. McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Byrnes said the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock has seen 42 inmates and 15 corrections officers test positive for COVID. The jail began seeing cases on December 21 […]