Could restrictions return to parts of Illinois if COVID metrics rise again?
Governor JB Pritzker was considering whether or not additional weakenings could be brought back to the state.
Also, COVID outbreaks are causing problems for a number of Chicago sports teams.
Here’s what you need to know about the Illinois coronavirus pandemic today:
Alize Johnson wird 10. Chicago Bull in Health Protocols
In what happens almost every day, someone else Chicago Bulls Player has signed himself up for the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
As of Monday morning, Alize Johnson became the tenth player on the team to enter the logs since Dec. 1, NBC Sports Chicago confirmed.
With the status of Coby white and Javonte Green pending, leaving the Bulls with eight available players for Tuesday’s home game against the Detroit Pistons as of this writing. The league minimum for active players required to form a team – and thus play a game – is eight.
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Blackhawks game postponed on Monday due to COVID-19 outbreak with flames
Monday’s Blackhawks Flames game, due to be played at the United Center, has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Calgary, the NHL said.
At The Flames, six players and a staff member entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol within 24 hours. Calgary’s games have been postponed to at least Thursday.
“As a reasonable precaution, the team’s training facilities have been closed with immediate effect and will remain closed to players until further notice,” said an NHL statement. “The league is in the process of reviewing and revising the Flames’ regular season schedule.
“The Flames Organization has followed, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines for protecting the health and safety of its players, staff, and the community in general, as set out by the NHL, local, provincial and national agencies.”
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The last chance to get your first dose of vaccination at the Kane County Mass Vaccination Site is this week
The Kane Vax Hub in the suburb of Batavia will be closed in early January 2022, the district’s health department announced on Friday.
The last chance to get a vaccination in the mass vaccination clinic was on Wednesday, December 15, from 1 to 5 p.m., the health authorities said.
A Pfizer clinic is slated for the second dose on Wednesday December 29th and Wednesday January 5th, both of which are exclusively for people who have received their first vaccination.
In January, the Kane County Health Department is open by appointment at the Aurora office at 1240 N. Highland Ave. KaneVax.org for availability.
COVID in Numbers: Coronavirus Metrics in Each of Illinois’ 11 Health Regions
Each of Illinois’ 11 health regions reports increasing hospital admissions for at least 9 out of 10 days, according to newly released data, as COVID-19 cases increase in areas across the state.
The positivity rate for Region 1, located in the northwest corner of the state, has risen to 9.5% in the past few days – the highest of any region in Illinois.
Under previous Illinois Department of Health regulations, any region with positivity rates greater than 8%, ICU bed availability below 20%, or increased hospital admissions would have had stricter risk mitigation rules.
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With soaring COVID metrics, could Illinois see heightened containment measures? Here’s what Governor Pritzker said
With Illinois health officials reporting a statewide spike in COVID-19 metrics last week, Governor JB Pritzker pondered whether the region could step up measures to contain the coronavirus.
“We always look at everything that has been done in the past few years, but our main focus is making sure people are following the masking requirements indoors,” said Pritzker. “Thanks to everyone who does that.”
When asked about his reaction to Chicago officials considering introducing additional COVID mitigations, Pritzker said local governments should “certainly consider tighter mitigations” when warranted.
Illinois coronavirus: 49,668 new cases, 266 deaths, 509,000 vaccinations since Friday
Illinois health officials reported 49,668 new COVID-19 cases as well as 266 additional deaths and over 509,000 new vaccine doses administered last week.
A total of 1,884,744 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state since the pandemic began, according to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The additional deaths reported in the past five days bring the state to 26,801 confirmed COVID deaths.
The state has conducted 1,160,624 tests since last Friday, officials said, bringing the total to more than 40.8 million tests conducted during the pandemic.
The state’s seven-day positivity rate on all tests rose to 5.8% this week, officials said. The rolling average of the seven-day positive rate for cases as a percentage of total tests decreased to 4.3%, from 4.7% a week earlier.
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Steps Chicago could take if COVID metrics continue to rise, according to City’s Top Doc
Chicago officials this week detailed what steps health officials could take to contain growing coronavirus metrics across the city, including demonstrating vaccinations and setting capacity limits.
In a Facebook live event, Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner for the Chicago Department of Health, said some private institutions have already started asking for proof of vaccination, and the city may follow suit.
“Could we start asking for proof of vaccination for more activities and public spaces? Yes, I think we could, ”said Arwady. “I’m certainly more interested in that than having to do some of the big shutdowns.”
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Councilor of the 35th
“One option would be to limit the number of people who can visit a bar or restaurant to maybe 50% or less,” said Rosa.
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Winnebago County officials issue a disaster proclamation amid rising COVID cases and hospital admissions
Winnebago County officials have issued a disaster proclamation amid the rising number of COVID cases and hospital admissions in the area.
In a press release, Winnebago County’s Chief Executive Officer Joseph Chiarelli has declared a local disaster for a period of seven days retrospectively to Wednesday.
According to the press release, the statement will provide additional assistance to the Winnebago County Health Department and emergency management agencies for the county and city of Rockford.
The proclamation also opens up funding from state and federal sources to combat the rising numbers of cases and hospitalizations.
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