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New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to decline in Lake and McHenry counties

State data shows that new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline in Lake and McHenry counties to the lowest levels since July. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports Illinois’ statewide seven-day average case positivity rate is 2%. The current COVID-19 wave peaked in early September and cases, hospitalizations and deaths have all […]

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Coroner identifies 87-year-old Lake County man who died after being bitten by bat while sleeping

The coroner’s office has identified an 87-year-old Lake County man who died of rabies after he was bitten by a bat while sleeping. Thomas Krob, 87, of unincorporated Spring Grove, died on September 20 at Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry, according to the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Illinois adopts CDC recommendations for COVID-19 booster shots for certain residents

The Illinois Department of Public Health has adopted the CDC’s recommendations for certain populations to receive COVID-19 booster shots six months after getting vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people ages 65 and older, 18 and older in long-term care settings and ages 50-64 with underlying medical conditions should receive […]

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5 children from Lake, McHenry counties win $150K scholarship each through Illinois’ vaccine lottery

State officials on Friday announced five youth from Lake and McHenry counties, all between the age of 12 and 17, who each won $150,000 scholarships through Illinois’ final vaccine lottery drawing. The final drawing of the state’s “All In for the Win” vaccine lottery took place and 19 winners were chosen in total. The Illinois […]

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Gov. Pritzker warns of “significant mitigations” if COVID-19 cases in Illinois do not decline

Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned Tuesday that “significantly greater mitigations” could be imposed if COVID metrics don’t improve in the state after health officials flagged Lake and McHenry counties for rising hospitalizations. “If we are not able to bring these numbers down, if hospitals continue to fill, if the hospital beds and ICUs get full like […]

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Illinois officials announce 2 winners in latest vaccine lottery drawing are from Lake County

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 22 people that won $100,000 each in the state’s latest vaccine lottery drawing. Two of the winners are from Lake County. The state’s “All In for the Win” vaccine lottery is entering its final stretch, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said, adding that 22 lucky winners […]

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McHenry County now under CDC, state’s indoor mask recommendation

McHenry County is now under the state’s recommendation for all people to wear masks indoors after health officials on Wednesday categorized the county as having “substantial” transmission of COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Tuesday afternoon that it was “fully adopting” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) latest masking recommendations. […]

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Illinois to follow CDC’s new guidelines for certain residents, even those vaccinated, to wear masks indoors

Illinois health officials say they are adopting the CDC’s latest recommendations, which say that all people — even those who are fully vaccinated — should wear a mask indoors in counties with high COVID-19 cases. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Tuesday afternoon that it is “fully adopting” the Centers for Disease Control […]