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Illinois Secretary of State closing all driving service facilities for 2 weeks due to increase in COVID-19 cases

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all driving service facilities will be closed for two weeks starting Monday due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. White said that all Secretary of State departments will not conduct in-person transactions including driver services facilities starting January 3 through January 17. All departments and driver services […]

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Highland Park City Council to vote on implementing proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirement for businesses

The city council in Highland Park is holding a special meeting Wednesday to vote on implementing a proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirement for businesses, similar to Chicago. The City of Highland Park said the Special City Council meeting is scheduled for 12 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting is being held to consider an emergency order requiring […]

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‘We can’t stop COVID without you’ Advocate Aurora Health says in full-page newspaper ad urging vaccination

Advocate Aurora Health, which operates hospitals throughout the Chicago area, placed a full-page newspaper ad urging people to get vaccinated, saying that the majority of their patients are unvaccinated. “We can’t stop COVID without you,” the full-page newspaper ad read. “Beds are full. Wait times are long. And the strain on our health care, undeniable. […]

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‘This pandemic is surging’: Gov. Pritzker announces Illinois will double personnel at testing, vaccination sites

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Monday that Illinois will double personnel at regional COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites as he urged residents to get vaccinated and get their boosters. “I’m here today because once again this pandemic is surging and threatening the health of Illinoisans,” Pritzker said as he began a press conference Monday afternoon […]

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McHenry County health officials encourage residents to get tested for COVID-19 if gathering for holidays

Health officials in McHenry County are encouraging residents to get tested for COVID-19 if they plan on gathering for the holidays and to receive a booster shot for fully-vaccinated individuals. The McHenry County Department of Health is urging everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to get tested for COVID-19 before gathering with others this holiday season. […]

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Appeals court allows President Biden’s vaccine, testing mandate to be reinstated for private businesses

A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated President Joe Biden’s vaccine and testing mandate for large employers in the United States after the mandate was blocked by another court. In early November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) filed an emergency temporary standard with various COVID rules. Under the standard, employers, who have more […]

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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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Over 230 hospitalized with COVID-19 in Lake, McHenry counties as state reports nearly 60,000 weekly COVID cases

Over 230 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Lake and McHenry counties as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported nearly 60,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past week in the state. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday reported 59,312 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including an increase […]