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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

Weekly COVID-19 Tests, Vaccine Clinic Coming To Back Of The Yards Neighborhood Council

Testing is available at the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council Tuesdays and Fridays. The neighborhood group will also vaccinate people Saturday.

Back of the Yards

Here’s Where You Can Get Free Masks Thursday In Bronzeville

Masks will be available noon-3 p.m. Thursday at Ald. Pat Dowell's State Street office.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Chicago Teachers Narrowly Approve School Reopening Deal, But COVID-19 Safety Concerns Linger

Teachers going into the vote said they had mixed feelings about the proposal, which the union's rank-and-file finalized with 56 percent in favor of resuming in-person classes.


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.


Chicago’s Substitute Teachers Say CPS Is Not Doing Enough To Keep Them Safe, Informed During COVID-19 Surge

CPS substitute teachers said there's confusion and chaos as schools aren't properly cleaned, they aren't kept updated on COVID-19 safety steps and more. "Working for CPS means being in an abusive relationship."


Low Vaccine Rates At West Side Schools Show Need For Public Health Resources, Local Leaders Say

Less than 10 percent of students at Nash Elementary in Austin are vaccinated. State Rep. La Shawn Ford said this is a sign the West Side needs more resources to make schools and communities safe.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

As Most CPS Students Return To Classes Wednesday, Some Parents Plan To Keep Their Kids Home Amid COVID-19 Surge

Though CPS and the teachers union have made a deal, some parents said they don't feel safe with in-person learning yet. "I don’t think we’re gonna be safe for a couple more weeks, to be honest," one mom said.


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.


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.”


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.


Lincoln Park Churches Partnering With Alderman’s Office For Vaccination Clinic Saturday

The Lincoln Park vaccination clinic at St. Paul's United Church of Christ will be available to anyone five years or older.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Chicago Students Will Return To School Wednesday Under Deal Approved By Teachers Union Leadership

The Chicago Teachers Union’s house of delegates voted Monday night to return to classrooms later this week if the full membership approves.

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