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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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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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‘It cultivates chaos’: Gov. Pritzker slams judge’s ruling striking down Illinois’ school mask mandate

Gov. J.B. Pritzker slammed a downstate judge’s ruling that temporarily blocks his mask and COVID exclusion mandates in Illinois schools, saying that the judge had “poor legal reasoning.” “Judge Raylene Grischow’s ruling is out of step with the vast majority of legal analysis in Illinois and across the nation,” Pritzker said during an unrelated press […]

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Free COVID-19 rapid test kits now available for some residents in Lake County and other IL counties

Residents in 14 Illinois counties, including the Waukegan and North Chicago area, are eligible to order free COVID-19 test kits, state health officials said. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Friday that 225,000 free COVID-19 test kits are available to be ordered as part of Project Access Covid Tests (ACT). Project ACT […]

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New hospital admissions dropping quickly in Illinois following peak of COVID-19 surge

The number of people being admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 is dropping quickly in Illinois after cases peaked earlier this month, state data shows. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 4,824 people in hospital beds across the state on Wednesday. 864 of those are in intensive care unit beds and 485 are […]

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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 […]

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‘Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated’: Illinois health officials issue guidance for holiday season

The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued new guidance for the upcoming holiday season, urging travelers to delay travel until fully vaccinated or to get tested for COVID-19 if unvaccinated. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said their updated guidance is to “help people celebrate more safely as we continue to battle the […]

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Gov. Pritzker, Illinois state health officials unveil plan for vaccinating children aged 5 to 11

(The Center Square) – The state of Illinois is readying plans to vaccinate school-aged children younger than 12 against the coronavirus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on Monday. The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of advisors is scheduled to debate on Tuesday whether the Pfizer shots are ready for the country’s roughly 28 million children ages […]