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Illinois health director recommends residents wear masks as state sees ‘significant rise’ of COVID-19

Illinois health officials say the state is experiencing a “significant rise” of counties at elevated risk for COVID-19 and are recommending residents wear masks. COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses are continuing to rise across Illinois following the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The IDPH said the anticipated “post-holiday surge” […]

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Bipartisan legislative panel objects to continued COVID-19 emergency rules filed by Illinois Department of Public Health

(The Center Square) – A bipartisan panel of Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday objected to continued emergency rules filed by the Illinois Department of Public Health, with one member saying, “the pandemic is over.” Earlier this month, Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued another consecutive disaster proclamation for Illinois. With the proclamation, modified executive orders do away with […]

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Illinois begins rolling out monkeypox vaccines to high-risk residents

A limited supply of the monkeypox vaccine is being prioritized for residents in certain high-risk categories, state health officials announced on Thursday. Illinois received 7,371 doses of the Jynneos vaccine and the City of Chicago received 18,707 doses as of Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said. Local health officials were advised that […]

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Health officials say first probable case of monkeypox virus identified in Illinois

The state health department announced Thursday the first presumptive case of monkeypox was identified in Illinois in a resident who recently traveled internationally. Initial testing was completed Wednesday at an IDPH laboratory and confirmatory testing for monkeypox is pending at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) […]

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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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State health officials issue warning to Illinois parents about severe liver damage in children

State health officials are warning parents in Illinois after cases of severe hepatitis in children have been reported in the state, including one case that required a liver transplant. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said Monday that it has learned of three suspected cases of severe hepatitis in children under 10 years of […]

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IDPH issues warning that COVID-19 cases are slowly rising in many areas of Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a warning Thursday about COVID-19 case rates that are “slowly rising in many areas of the state.” The state health department said that Illinois residents should be “paying close attention to conditions in their local communities and staying up-to-date on their vaccination status.” “While hospitalizations and deaths tied […]

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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 […]