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Mayor says Vista Medical Center in Waukegan is appealing trauma center designation revocation

The mayor, who says she remains “deeply disturbed and concerned” about Vista Medical Center in Waukegan losing its trauma center designation, said Saturday the hospital has appealed the decision. “I remain deeply disturbed and concerned that Vista Medical Center East lost its level II trauma center designation from the Illinois Department of Public Health,” Waukegan […]

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‘Lives are at stake’: Officials call for action after trauma center designation revoked for Vista Medical Center in Waukegan

Lake County officials said “lives are at stake” and are demanding action from Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan after the hospital had its trauma center designation revoked. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said in a memorandum last week that Vista Medical Center East was no longer an Illinois Designated Level 2 Trauma […]

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Government officials to hold press conference after Vista Medical Center in Waukegan has trauma center designation revoked

Government officials are set to hold a press conference Monday after the state revoked the trauma center designation for Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan, which they say could lead to lives lost. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) sent a memorandum, obtained by Lake and McHenry County Scanner, to EMS medical directors, coordinators […]

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State health department revokes trauma center designation for Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan

The state health department has revoked the trauma center designation for Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan amid an exodus of doctors leaving the hospital. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) sent a memorandum, obtained by Lake and McHenry County Scanner, to EMS medical directors, coordinators and agencies on Friday. The memo said Vista […]

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Health officials warn residents about rabid bats found in Lake and McHenry counties, surrounding areas

The state health department is warning residents about the risk of rabies as rabid bats have been identified in Lake and McHenry counties, along with other Illinois counties. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said Wednesday that the public should be aware of the potential for exposure to rabies from infected animals. Bats are […]

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Feds warn about ‘sharp increase’ in fentanyl being mixed with animal tranquilizer

Federal officials have issued a warning to the public about a “sharp increase” in fentanyl being mixed with xylazine, an animal tranquilizer, and local officials say it has been detected in Lake County. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued the nationwide alert last week. Xylazine, also known as “Tranq,” is a powerful sedative that the […]

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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 […]