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Chicago’s Vaccine Mandate For Restaurants, Bars Could Go Away In The Spring, Top Doc Says

Similarly, Chicago's rule that people must wear masks when indoors in public will go away once the city is lower risk, Dr. Allison Arwady said last week.

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Center For COVID Control’s Headquarters Raided By FBI

The company, which has been paid more than $124 million from the federal government and oversees a chain of COVID-19 testing pop-ups, is facing a slew of state and federal investigations.

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Cook County Sees 14,000th COVID-19 Death As Area Still Struggling With Omicron Surge

The county is seeing the most victims since November 2020, before vaccines were available.

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Center For COVID Control Closed For ‘Foreseeable Future’ In Illinois Amid Federal, State Investigations

Former employees, customers and government inspectors have said the chain had a number of issues — including that it kept tests in unrefrigerated garbage bags and lied to customers about results.

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Masks Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon As COVID Cases Remain High, Chicago’s Top Doc Says

The health commissioner said she expects the city's and state's mask mandates will be removed at some point — but that isn't imminent since the Omicron surge is still so bad.

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Center For COVID Control Got $124 Million From Feds While Telling Workers To Lie About Results, Throw Tests In The Trash, Ex-Employees Say

Ex-workers of the embattled testing chain also said the company used a U-Haul to avoid inspectors. "I'm thinking, 'Oh my God, these tests are positive.'"

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Chicago And Illinois Past Their Omicron Peaks, But Leaders Urge Caution: ‘Not Out Of The Woods’

People should not drop their guard, as average cases, hospitalizations and deaths remain high, officials said.

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Center For COVID Control Faked Test Results, Minnesota Attorney General Says In New Lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges the locally based testing chain faked test results, sent inaccurate results or never sent people results in some cases. The suit comes after Block Club revealed the chain's widespread issues.

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You Can Order 4 Free, At-Home COVID Tests Right Now. Here’s How To Do It

The federal government has promised to provide 500 million at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to Americans.

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COVID Tests Seemed To Vanish Just When Chicagoans Needed Them Most — And Despite Officials Predicting Surges For Months

As Omicron cases surged, Chicagoans were told by officials to get tested for COVID-19. With few government-run testing sites, they turned to questionable for-profit pop-ups they don't trust.

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It Could Feel Like 20 Below Zero This Week In Chicago As ‘Strong’ Cold Front Moves In

Tuesday will be relatively warm — but the rest of the week will see temperatures drop.

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Americans Can Soon Order Free At-Home COVID Tests — But Shipping Will Take A While

The tests might not arrive until some places have already hit their latest COVID-19 peak and are seeing a fall in cases — and, with that, testing demand.

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COVID-19 Testing Chain Opened Pop-Ups Across The US. Now, It’s Temporarily Closing Amid Federal Investigation And Mounting Complaints

The Center for COVID Control's lab wasted 40,000 tests, according to a federal report. And again and again, people have reported getting late results, no results — or ones that don't make sense.

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Pritzker Sending Over 2,000 Health Care Workers To Help Illinois Hospitals During COVID-19 Surge

The ongoing strain on hospital systems stems primarily from unvaccinated Illinoisans, which is reducing capacity for any type of emergency care, state leaders say.

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5 Million Rapid Tests Going Out To US Schools In Bid To Keep Students In Classes, White House Announces

The announcement came Wednesday — the same day thousands of Chicago Public Schools students headed back to class after the district reached a deal with its teachers union for in-person learning.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot Tests Positive For COVID-19, Feels ‘Fine’ With ‘Cold-Like Symptoms,’ She Says

Lightfoot said she credits her vaccine and booster shot with protecting her health after testing positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning.

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Be Cautious Around COVID-19 Testing Pop-Ups, Illinois Attorney General Warns

After a Block Club report, Gov. JB Pritzker described the unregulated pop-ups as an “enormous problem.”

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Has Chicago Hit Its Omicron Peak? Too Soon To Tell, Top Doc Says — But There Are Signs For Hope

Chicago has now seen slight dips in its positivity rate and in its average number of confirmed cases per day — but those numbers remain high.

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Some Americans Could Start Getting 4th COVID-19 Vaccine Shot As Soon As This Week

Moderately to severely immunocompromised people can get another shot if it's been at least five months since their last one.

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Monday Will Be Cold For Chicago — But The City Will Warm Up The Rest Of The Week

More snow and chilly temperatures are coming this weekend, though.

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