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BREAKING: Illinois Covid Cases Spike Back Up, New Variant Hits U.S.; What Happens Next?

January 27th, 2022
BREAKING: Illinois Covid Cases Spike Back Up, New Variant Hits U.S.; What Happens Next?

BREAKING NEWS: Well, perhaps we spoke too soon on covid being over. Illinois cases spiked back up today almost 60 percent over yesterday, a new worldwide variant — the stealth omicron — has been detected and is spreading, and deaths and hospitalizations increased statewide. The new numbers according to the Illinois Department of Public Health were not good. After declining cases over the past week, and a day in which we were below 10,000 cases for the first time in several months, Illinois public health officials reported 15,732 new COVID cases and 143 related deaths Wednesday. In addition,... Read More

As Illinois Covid Numbers Drop, Lawsuits And Protests Challenge Mask Mandate

January 25th, 2022
As Illinois Covid Numbers Drop, Lawsuits And Protests Challenge Mask Mandate

UPDATED: With Illinois covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and average numbers dropping to new lows across the board, state residents are calling for an end to the statewide mask mandate and other restrictions, with some protesting and suing to end them — particularly in schools. The latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health continue the trend over the past week of showing dipping cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, seeming to confirm what some officials have said, that the omicron surge has passed. “Over the last two years, I’ve said over and over that you don’t... Read More

Illinois Covid Cases Plummet To New Low; Protests, Lawsuits Start To End Mask Mandate

January 25th, 2022
Illinois Covid Cases Plummet To New Low; Protests, Lawsuits Start To End Mask Mandate

As Illinois covid numbers plummet to new lows across the board, state residents are calling for an end to the statewide mask mandate and other restrictions, with some protesting and suing to end them — particularly in schools. The latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health continue the trend over the past week of showing dipping cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, seeming to confirm what some officials have said, that the omicron surge has passed. There are 5,238 people are hospitalized with covid statewide, the lowest number since December 27, according to IDPH numbers... Read More

Illinois Covid Numbers Drop Heavily; When Will Pritzker Drop Mask Mandate?

January 24th, 2022
While 57 percent of the U.S. population (age 18+) has been fully vaccinated, just 39 percent of those between 18 and 24 have been.

Illinois covid numbers slid down heavily, but officials say restrictions will still remain and the mask mandate is staying in place, prompting some Illinois residents to wonder when the restrictions will finally be lifted. On the side of good news, the number of cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities is continuing to move downwards, although to put things into perspective, the numbers remain high overall. Illinois Department of Public Health reported 9,462 new COVID cases — down heavily from last week’s averages over 20,000 a day — and 81 related deaths Monday. The seven-day... Read More

Illinois Covid Numbers Declining; Could Mask Mandate And Restrictions Be Removed Soon?

January 18th, 2022
Illinois Covid Numbers Declining; Could Mask Mandate And Restrictions Be Removed Soon?

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois covid numbers, while still high, are on the decline, prompting speculation as to whether the statewide mask mandate could be removed in the coming months if numbers continue to fall. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there were 20,483 new confirmed and probable cases of covid-19 reported in the last 24 hours statewide, with 36 new deaths. The state is averaging 27,795 new cases of covid per day, a 14.4 percent reduction from the high of 32,501 daily cases on Jan. 12, according to IDPH data. The state’s positivity rate on all tests currently stands... Read More

Illinois Covid Hospitalizations And Cases Roar To New Record, School Closings Skyrocketing

January 12th, 2022
Illinois Covid Hospitalizations And Cases Roar To New Record, School Closings Skyrocketing

Illinois set a new record for covid hospitalizations, with 7,353 Illinois hospital patients infected with the virus and 1,152 in intensive care unit beds, according to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. In addition, the cases per day set a new record with 32,173 per day over the past week, and school closings continued to rise this week as districts around the state went to remote learning and Chicago’s teachers remained out of classrooms. The IDPH reported 28,110 new confirmed and probable cases of covid over the last 24 hours, an increase from the previous day.... Read More

Illinois Battling ‘Overwhelming’ Covid Numbers; More Schools Statewide Shutting Down

January 11th, 2022
Illinois Battling 'Overwhelming' Covid Numbers; More Schools Statewide Shutting Down

The latest covid-19 numbers in Illinois remain overwhelmingly high, but have scaled down a bit from record highs last week. However, in response to the general rapid rise in cases, more schools statewide are continuing to go to remote learning. The new numbers released today by the Illinois Department of Public Health showed 19,237 cases on Monday, the lowest number since Jan. 2. The state is now averaging 31,647 new cases per day, the first time the number has gone down since Dec. 27. The IDPH also reported 34 deaths in the last 24 hours, a statewide positivity rate of 13.4 percent on all tests... Read More

More Illinois Schools Moving To Remote Learning This Week Due To Covid

January 9th, 2022
More Illinois Schools Moving To Remote Learning This Week Due To Covid

Dozens of Illinois schools have moved to remote learning, and more are joining them this week, as covid infections, hospitalizations, and deaths reached skyrocketing new highs over the last week. Thousands of students and staff in the Chicagoland area are now in remote learning or going to remote this week, and a group of Quad-Cities area schools — those of the Prophetstown Lyndon Tampico school district — have moved to remote learning and canceled boys basketball due to the massive surge of covid cases in their district, and they might not be the last, as Moline High School... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Smashes Covid Records AGAIN; More Schools Going To Remote Learning?

January 5th, 2022
BREAKING: Illinois Smashes Covid Records AGAIN; More Schools Going To Remote Learning?

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois continues to storm into worse covid territory, setting new records again for covid infections and hospitalizations, as Chicago teachers vote to go to remote learning and other schools around the state begin to lean towards closing schools and going remote in the midst of the massive covid surge. Illinois set new records for covid cases and hospitalizations Wednesday, with 32,279 new cases of the virus, 79 covid-related deaths and 6,842 covid-positive individuals hospitalized across the state, according to the newest numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health.... Read More

Illinois Covid Numbers Exploding; Will Schools Go To Remote Learning Soon?

January 4th, 2022
While 57 percent of the U.S. population (age 18+) has been fully vaccinated, just 39 percent of those between 18 and 24 have been.

As Illinois smashes records for covid hospitalizations and pediatric hospitalizations, and the omicron variant crushes the state, calls are getting louder for Illinois schools to close and switch to remote learning. The Chicago Teachers Union is voting today on teachers possibly calling for a remote learning switch as soon as tomorrow. The call for a vote was made by several teachers concerned for their own health as well as the health of their loved ones, given they would be going back to teach amidst this massive surge in cases. If the CTU votes to go remote, they would do so until a later date... Read More