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Is CPS Undercounting COVID-19 Cases In Schools? Alderpeople Demand Investigation As Allegations Spread

CPS officials denied any wrongdoing and defended their methodology, saying the discrepancy highlighted on Twitter will be cleared up.


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.


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.


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.


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.'"


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.


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.


The Hideout Reopens This Week After Month-Long COVID Hiatus

The bar and music venue closed in December as COVID-19 cases began to surge in Chicago. It reopens Wednesday with a full slate of shows and events.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

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.


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.


CPS Students Stage Walk Out To Demand Better COVID-19 Safety Measures In Schools: ‘We Don’t Get Any Say’

Though the district and teachers reached a deal for classes to resume, students say they felt left out of the decision making process. They want more remote learning options and access to testing and masks.


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.


Northwest Siders Can Get Free KN95 Masks From Their Alderman’s Office

Studies found masks like N95s and KN95s are more effective at preventing COVID-19 infection than surgical masks.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

South Siders Can Help Their Neighbors, Get Tested For COVID At MLK Day Food Drive In Hyde Park

A food drive to stock the Love Fridge at Augustana Lutheran Church will take place Monday. Coronavirus testing will also be available.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

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.


Chicago Students Plan Walkout Friday, Say District Is Ignoring Youth Voices About School Safety

The Chicago Public Schools Radical Youth Alliance, or Chi-Rads, is behind the Friday walkout, which will culminate in a 1:30 p.m. press conference and rally outside CPS headquarters.


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.


Get Booster Shots, PPE And A Free Haircut At Vaccination Event Saturday In Wicker Park

The event runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

CPS Lunchroom Workers Struggle With Food Shortages, COVID-19 Fears: ‘You Don’t Know How Stressful It Is To Come To Work’

The Chicagoans making school lunches are juggling COVID-19 concerns with staffing and supply chain issues while trying to keep kids fed.


Pilsen Bar Manager Threatened With Knife After Turning Away Man For Not Having Proof Of Vaccination

The bar is asking for help identifying people who tried to steal beer and broke the bar's door after the manager refused entry to a man in the group without a vaccination card.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
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