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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.


US Should Promise $5 Billion To Fight COVID Globally, Former World Leaders Say

Despite the recent surge in cases globally, the United States' most recent proposal to fund the fight against COVID-19 includes little money for international aid.


TikTok Videos And Teacher Calls: How A South Side Chicago School Increased Vaccine Uptake

In December, only 5.4 percent of Dunne students were fully vaccinated. But in the past few months, the school has seen an increase in uptake to 42.3 percent, close to CPS' overall average.

Roseland, Pullman

Chicagoans Should Mask Indoors As City Now Considered Medium Risk For COVID, Health Department Advises

The city's health department is "strongly recommending" people wear masks when indoors in public, including on public transportation.


Chicago Could Soon Be Medium Risk For COVID-19 As Cases Rise, Health Department Says

Cook County's health department announced Friday the suburbs are also considered medium risk and people should wear masks when indoors.


Federal Workers Are Returning To The Loop, Bringing Much-Needed Business Back To Downtown Restaurants

Restaurants that relied on the Downtown lunch crowd struggled to get by when the pandemic sent hundreds of thousands of workers home. Federal agencies began bringing workers back to offices last month.


Suburban Cook County Moved Up To Medium Risk For COVID, With Masks Recommended When Indoors

Chicago, the suburbs and the rest of the state have seen daily COVID-19 cases go up as more contagious variants of Omicron have spread.


60% Of Americans Have Now Had COVID, With Omicron Fueling Surge This Winter, CDC Says

Omicron drove cases to record highs over the winter, which Chicago and Illinois hitting peaks in late December and early January.


Chicagoans’ Life Expectancy Fell By 2 Years After The Pandemic Started — But COVID Wasn’t The Only Factor

Black and Latino Chicagoans have been the most affected by worsening life expectancy. Black Chicagoans now live 10 years less than white residents, on average.


92% Of US Counties Considered Low Risk For COVID Under Chicago’s New Travel Advisory

Four counties in Illinois — DuPage Country and three others in central Illinois — are considered medium risk.


Outdoor Dining Along Glenwood Avenue In Rogers Park Kicks Off Friday As Part Of Chicago Alfresco Program

Southbound traffic on Glenwood Avenue between Lunt and Morse avenues will be closed to drivers starting Friday.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Illinois Is Prepared If There’s Another COVID Wave As Cases Go Up, Pritzker Says

The numbers of people being hospitalized with and dying from COVID-19 remain low, and those are the figures officials are most closely watching, Gov. JB Pritzker said at a Thursday news conference.

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