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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 […]

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Lake County hospitals routinely going on ‘bypass’ as COVID patients fill hospitals

Hospitals in Lake County have routinely been going on bypass — meaning they don’t accept new patients from ambulances — due to staffing shortages and an influx of COVID-19 patients. Advocate Aurora Health, which operates 26 hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin, held a press briefing on Monday. The organization said they are seeing more COVID-19 […]

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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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Algonquin-based School District 300 cancels class for Monday due to staff shortage caused by COVID-19 infections

Algonquin-based School District 300, which has over 30 schools, canceled classes for today due to a staff shortage driven by a large number of COVID-19 cases. District 300 Superintendent Susan Harkin said in a message to parents on Thursday that the district was facing a staffing shortage as it prepared to return from winter break […]

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Multiple cities in Lake County considering proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements for businesses

Multiple cities and villages in Lake County are considering proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements for businesses as the City of Highland Park’s order is set to go into effect this coming week. The Highland Park City Council passed an order on Wednesday that will require certain businesses to check proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all […]

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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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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. […]

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City council passes order requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain businesses in Highland Park

The Highland Park City Council has passed an order that will require certain businesses to check proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all patrons, including children 5 and older, starting next week. A special city council meeting was held Wednesday afternoon to consider the emergency order. The city council voted 6-1 to pass the motion to […]