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Chicago School Board ‘Discouraged’ By District’s Spending On Academic, Mental Health Support: ‘This Is An Emergency’

The district has so far spent only 12 percent, or $62.9 million, on a half-billion initiative designed to help students bounce back from COVID disruption.

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Moderna To Ask Feds To OK COVID Vaccines For Young Kids

Children 5 and younger are the only ones who have not been able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States.

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Chicago’s Travel Advisory Will Now Let People Track COVID Risk By County, Not Just State

The advisory is being updated to align with risk analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that allows officials to pinpoint counties where COVID-19 is less under control rather than whole states.

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COVID Cases Tick Up As Omicron BA.2 Spreads In City, But No Need For ‘Alarm,’ Top Doc Says

BA.2 is seeing cases double every seven days in Chicago, and it's expected to make up the bulk of the city's COVID-19 cases by the end of March.

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Illinois Watching Spread Of BA.2 Variant, But State Is ‘In A Good Place,’ Pritzker Says

The state's replenished its stockpile of medical supplies, and it has more than 1.5 million rapid tests and another half-million arriving in the coming weeks, Gov. JB Pritzker said.

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Moderna Asks Feds To OK 2nd Booster Shot For Adults

Officials and experts have increasingly said in recent weeks a second booster might be needed to protect people against another wave of COVID-19.

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Chicago’s Top Doc ‘Concerned’ About Rising COVID Cases In Europe, But Experts Say No Need For Alarm In US Yet

Dr. Allison Arwady also said she expects to see some bump in cases as people relax and restrictions are lifted, but Chicago is currently at low risk for COVID-19.

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State Labor Board Rejects Union Bid To Block Lifting Of School Mask Mandate

The vote increases the likelihood Chicago Public Schools' mask-optional policy will remain in place for the remainder of the school year.

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Chicago Officials ‘Watching Closely’ As COVID Cases Climb Globally, But City’s Numbers Remain Low

Dr. Allison Arwady said she "can't promise what the future will bring," but she's "confident" COVID-19 risk is low enough that a universal mask mandate is not needed.

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16 More States Removed From Chicago’s COVID Travel Advisory

Just 18 states and one territory are now on the list, which only weeks ago encompassed all of the United States.

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Chicago’s First COVID Victim Died 2 Years Ago. The City’s Made Progress Since Then, But ‘We Are Not Done,’ Officials Say

"We cannot stop working until vaccination percentages for every demographic in our city are as close to 100 percent as possible," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

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As CPS Goes Mask-Optional, Many Stick With Face Coverings While Others Embrace Chance To Be Maskless

The district's decision to lift the mask mandate is controversial: Some lauded it as a return to normalcy, but others are worried the change is coming too soon, since many students aren't vaccinated.

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Chicago Public Schools’ Mask Mandate Ends Monday, Allowing Students, Staff To Pick If They’ll Mask

The change has proven controversial, especially as children younger than 5 still cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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It’s Been 2 Years Since COVID Was Labeled A Pandemic. People Should Remain Cautious, WHO Says

COVID-19 cases might have dropped locally, but the virus' Omicron variant is still wreaking havoc in other parts of the world, officials have cautioned.

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Chicago In ‘New Phase’ Of Pandemic, With Cases Down And Treatments Available — But COVID Won’t Be Eradicated, Top Doc Says

"Our ability to prevent or reduce severe illness [with vaccinations and treatments] makes it less critical to focus on stopping every case of COVID-19," Dr. Allison Arwady said.

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It’s Not ‘Foregone Conclusion’ COVID Vaccines Will Be Required In Chicago Public Schools, City’s Top Doc Says

It will likely be months before there's a decision made about requiring COVID-19 shots kids to attend school.

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CPS Could Bring Back Masks If COVID Outbreak Worsens Again, Officials Say

The district's CEO said CPS is ending its mask mandate because it didn't want to face legal challenges that could prevent it from imposing another mandate in the future.

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12 States Come Off Chicago’s COVID Travel Advisory As Cases ‘Wane In A Lot Of The Country’

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have dropped significantly in the United States, including in Chicago and across Illinois.

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CPS Lifting Mask Mandate For Students, Staff Starting Next Week; CTU Says It’s ‘Clear Violation’ Of Agreement

The mask-optional policy starts March 14. CPS officials said they would still encourage people to wear masks, particularly in schools with lower-than-average vaccination rates.

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COVID Vaccination Event Planned For Saturday At The Brook

All participants are eligible to get a $50 gift card per primary dose.

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