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Flu Shots Needed Again This Year To Protect Health Care System During COVID Surge, Top Doc Says

It's "not quite" flu season yet, but people should plan to get their shots as it kicks up and the state battles a COVID-19 surge, Dr. Allison Arwady said.

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Irving Park Restaurant Owner Says He’s Following Indoor Mask Rules And Surprised City Put Him On Scofflaw List

“I had two uncles and my father die last year from COVID-19,” the owner said. “I don’t think COVID is a game, and we take that very seriously.”

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Unvaccinated CPS Kids Who Travel Out Of State For Labor Day Should Stay Out Of School At Least 7 Days, CPS Says

The district is urging parents to "reconsider" their Labor Day weekend travel plans in light of the health recommendations.

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Could Chicago’s Delta Surge Be Flattening? Officials See Signs For Hope — But Need More Data

New cases, positivity rates, hospitalizations and deaths remain higher than they were earlier this summer — but their growth has slowed recently.

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United Center Will Require Proof Of Vaccination Or Negative Test For Bulls, Blackhawks Games And More

Such rules are becoming more common as organizations look to keep customers — and their businesses — safe and help end the pandemic.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Get Vaccinated And You’ll Get $100 If You Do It At Home Or At City Events, Health Department Says

Chicago's health department will now give people $100 in gift cards to get their COVID-19 shots.

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Chicago Pride Parade Canceled For Second Year Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

The parade, which had been pushed back from June to Oct. 3 to give the city more time to recover from the pandemic, will hopefully return in 2022, organizers say.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

College Students, Education And Health Care Workers Have Until Sept. 19 To Get 1st Vaccine Shot Or Get Tested Under State’s Rules

Workers and students who do not get vaccinated will be required to take a COVID-19 test at least once a week, with more testing possible.

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City Warns West Side Food Pantry For Violating Mask Mandate, But Founder Says Enforcement Is Uneven

Eat or be Eaten received a warning for not following the city's mask rules at a recent wedding. The organization's founder said they want to keep folks safe, but when people are eating and drinking, masks come off.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

There’s Now Just 1 State That Isn’t On Chicago’s Travel Advisory

The city is also now recommending unvaccinated people get tested before and after they travel, and quarantine for seven days once they're back in Chicago.

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Unvaccinated Chicagoans With COVID 15 Times More Likely To Die From Virus Than Fully Vaccinated People, Top Doc Says

Chicago's outbreak could get much worse as the weather cools down — so people should get their shots as soon as possible, Dr. Allison Arwady said.

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School Bus Driver Shortage In Chicago Prompts $1,000 Payments To Families And Calls To Uber, Lyft

About 10 percent of the district’s drivers resigned between Aug. 23 and Aug. 27, leaving the nation’s third-largest school district short about 500 drivers.

Citywide

Illinois’ Mask Mandate Is Back After Weekend Where 10,000 COVID Cases, 38 Deaths Reported

Officials hope to slow down the latest wave of coronavirus cases by getting people vaccinated and requiring masks when indoors in public.

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Unvaccinated Mom In Pilsen Can See Her Son, Judge Says In Reversal

Earlier this month, Cook County Judge James Shapiro said Rebecca Firlit's custody of her 11-year-old son would be revoked until she was vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Chicago Schools Are Fully Reopening For The First Time In More Than 500 Days. Here’s What To Know

Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey said the union has no intention of blocking the start of the school year. But it will continue to “ring alarms” about what he described as safety shortfalls, he said.

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Lightfoot Defends COVID Vaccine Mandate For City Workers, Says They Owe It To Themselves And The Public

Mayor Lori Lightfoot called getting the vaccine "a condition of employment" for city workers.

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As Life Gets Back To ‘Normal’ For Some, Wicker Park Mutual Aid Groups See Drop In Donations, Volunteers

Attention has shifted away from the economic impact of COVID-19, but people are still in need, mutual aid groups said. Diapers, toiletries and other items are still needed.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

City Investigating COVID-19 Cases Tied To Market Days

The city has found "several" cases connected to the festival, which was held earlier this month.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Illinois Hospitals Could Be Overwhelmed Amid COVID Surge, But Chicago’s System ‘Stable’

One part of southern Illinois could have no ICU beds available as soon as Friday. Chicago, which is more vaccinated, is faring better.

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Chicago Will Drop Daily COVID-19 Screener And Bring Back Simultaneous Instruction In Quarantine Cases

The district will also not require temperature checks at the school entrances because a fever isn’t the most reliable way to tell if a student has contracted COVID-19.

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