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Chicago’s Coronavirus Restrictions Not Getting Loosened Up Yet, Pritzker Says

Indoor service for bars and restaurants will now be allowed when a region moves to Tier 1, but no part of Illinois is at that point.

Coronavirus Kills 123 More People In Illinois As State Passes 18,000 People Dead

The state is administering an average of 27,125 vaccine doses per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

UK Variant Of Coronavirus Found In Chicago Patient

People can protect themselves from the variant, which is more contagious, as they have throughout the pandemic: by social distancing, wearing a mask and staying home, officials have said.

No Threats In Chicago As Biden’s Inauguration Nears, But City Will Set Up Emergency Coordination Center

The center is used to coordinate public safety responses between the police, fire and city departments so they "are prepared to take protective action" if any issue arises.

Coronavirus Kills 88 More Illinoisans, Bringing Death Toll To 17,928

Another 1,796 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

City Has ‘Confidence’ In Curative’s Coronavirus Tests Despite Warning Of False Negatives From FDA

The FDA's alert highlights that the tests can be safely used how they're being used in Chicago, said Dr. Allison Arwady.

Mayor Says She Wants Bars And Restaurants Reopened Soon, Will Talk To Pritzker

The mayor said she'd talk to Gov. JB Pritzker about reopening bars and restaurants for indoor service during the pandemic because she thinks that ban has led to secret, unsafe parties.

2 More Mass Vaccinations Sites Open In Chicago With Goal Of 6 By Next Week

The vaccines are not yet available to the general public as the city works to get health care workers vaccinated first.

Chicagoans 65 And Older Could Start Getting Vaccinated Next Week — But It’ll Be Limited

The city is encouraging health care providers to use vaccine doses on their most at-risk patients if the doses would otherwise go unused.

97 More Illinoisans Killed By Coronavirus, Bringing Death Toll To At Least 17,840

So far, Illinois has administered 384,658 vaccine doses. More than 60,000 doses of vaccine have been administered to Chicagoans.

Light Snow Coming Thursday Evening, But Not Enough To Accumulate

Snow showers could continue on Friday, which will be cloudy and chilly with an expected high of 34 degrees.

Want To Help Homeless Pets? Anti-Cruelty Society Hosting Virtual Day Of Service Monday

The animal rescue organization's staff will teach participants how to make no-sew pet beds and cat and dog toys from items found around the home, among other things, during the virtual event.

This Year’s Polar Plunge Is Do-It-Yourself — But You Can Still Raise Money For Chicago Families In Need

This year, participants don't have to dive into Lake Michigan. They can jump into snow in a bathing suit or have a bucket of cold water dumped on them.

My Block, My Hood, My City Needs Volunteers To Bring Supplies To Seniors For MLK Day

The group is looking for volunteers who can bring personal protective equipment to seniors or who can help clean up a garden that honors Martin Luther King Jr.

2 More Mass Vaccination Sites Opening This Week As Chicago Ramps Up Campaign

The city is focused on vaccinating health care workers and people living in working in long-term care facilities as part of Phase 1A. That phase will likely take several more weeks.

Chicago’s Travel Order Simplified — But City Says You Still Shouldn’t Go Anywhere

Every state besides Hawaii is currently in the Orange category, as are the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Travelers coming from places in that category must quarantine or get a negative COVID-19 test.

Coronavirus Kills 117 Illinoisans As State Reports 6,642 More Cases

The most recent victims included 21 people from Cook County, including a man in his 40s and a woman in her 50s.

Coronavirus Kills 53 More Illinoisans, Bringing Toll To At Least 17,627

The state also reported 4,776 confirmed cases during the past day. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,033,526.

Chicago Schools Create Once-Monthly Coronavirus Testing Program For Staff As Students Return

While teachers have been asking the district to implement testing of students and staff if they are to return, CPS' plan applies only to staff on a once-monthly, voluntary basis.

Chicago Commissioning ‘Ambitious’ Public Art With $500K In Funding. Applications Open Monday

Another $250,000 will be given to partners that will use the money for smaller, local projects.

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