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All School-Age Children Can Get Extra Protection Against COVID-19

Chicago Public Schools’ vaccine sites will offer the updated vaccine this week. The district will alert families when the bivalent booster is available to 5- to 11-year-olds.


After Launching ‘Save Local’ Series During Pandemic, West Town Photographer Is Following Up With Business Owners 2 Years Later

"I wanted to see the happy ending. ... I wanted to see how people fared and how the community supported them," Candice Cusic said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Chicago Schools See COVID Vaccination Rates Backslide With A Wave Of New Students

The average school vaccination rate is 39.6 percent across all schools. Rates remain the lowest at predominantly Black schools on the South and West sides, according to a data analysis by Chalkbeat.


Flu Season Is Coming, And It Could Be Bad, Health Officials Say. You Can Get Your Shots To Stay Safe

The health department recommends everyone 6 months and older get their flu shot before the end of October. Officials also urge people to get their COVID-19 vaccination shots.


Pisolino Italian Market Closing After 7 Years In Avondale: ‘Not Enough Business To Sustain It’

The Italian spot struggled with foot traffic before the pandemic, and that "battle resumed once the world opened back up and people had so many more options," Pisolino's co-owner said.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

New COVID Boosters Now Available In Chicago, Giving More Protection Against Common Omicron Variants

The bivalent boosters are free and available to everyone 12 and older who has already gotten their initial vaccine shots. People should get them as soon as possible, officials urged.


New COVID Booster Shots Could Be In Chicago By Tuesday — And Could Finally Get Us ‘Ahead Of The Virus,’ Top Doc Says

The bivalent booster shots will be key to protecting people from Omicron and preventing another surge, officials said. They'll be available for free to Chicagoans 12 and older.


Chicago Restaurants Are Struggling To Keep Staff As Burned-Out Workers Bail For Better Pay, Less Stress

Many restaurants have hiked wages, but it's not enough for workers disillusioned by cranky customers and grueling work. “If you don’t have to go back to hell, why set yourself up to burn?”


Chicago’s Top Doc Has COVID But Has Minimal Symptoms Thanks To Vaccines, She Says

Dr. Allison Arwady has become known as a guiding force for Chicago during the pandemic, hosting news conference and livestreams where she's answered Chicagoans' questions and talked about the city's progress.


River North Neighbors’ Group Raising Money After COVID-19 Set It Back Financially

The River North Residents Association is raising $100,000 to sustain its work after it pivoted to a new festival format that didn't attract as many attendees as organizers hoped.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Will Your College Still Require COVID Vaccinations Now That The State Dropped Its Mandate?

"As we continue to move toward living with this virus, my administration will relax some requirements while continuing to protect the most vulnerable," Gov. JB Pritzker said.


Wear Masks Indoors, Get Vaccinated And Tested As COVID BA.5 Spreads, County Health Officials Say

BA.4 and BA.5 are spreading in Cook County, but residents can take steps to protect themselves, according to the health department.


COVID Vaccination Sites For Kids, Families Have Slots Open Throughout Summer

Anyone 6 months and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine. South Side sites are open throughout the summer for families.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

Chicago’s COVID Risk Drops Back To Medium As Cases Fall, Health Department Says

Chicago moved into the high-risk category in late May as COVID-19 cases spiked yet again, putting a burden on the health care system. But newly reported cases and hospitalizations are dropping.


Chicago Public Schools Requires Masks At 1 School, 20 Other Classrooms As COVID Cases Increase

Chicago Public Schools cases have increased in recent weeks, surpassing what it saw at its previous peak during the Omicron surge.


Chicago Could Be Considered High Risk For COVID By Next Week, But Mask Mandate Won’t Come Back For Now, Arwady Says

Chicago's daily case rate has gone up in recent weeks, but the numbers of people hospitalized with and dying from COVID-19 have remained low.


Here’s How To Get 8 Free At-Home COVID Tests From The Government

The tests come as the United States is in the midst of another COVID-19 wave due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant and its sub-variants.


The COVID Testing Company That Missed 96% Of Cases

State and local officials across Nevada signed agreements with Northshore Clinical Labs, a COVID testing laboratory run by men with local political connections. There was only one problem: Its tests didn’t work.


1,001 COVID Cases Are Being Reported In Chicago Every Day, But City Remains Medium Risk

Reported cases have steadily risen locally and nationally in recent weeks as more contagious versions of the Omicron variant have spread.


Chicago’s COVID Cases Going Up, But Top Doc Hopeful City Will ‘Have A Good Spring And Summer’

The city is seeing nearly 900 COVID-19 cases per day reported, a 24 percent increase since last week even though testing has dropped 2 percent.

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