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BREAKING: Illinois Covid Cases Exploding As Omicron Fears Rise And Shutdowns Loom

December 6th, 2021
BREAKING: Illinois Covid Cases Exploding As Omicron Fears Rise And Shutdowns Loom

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois covid cases continue to explode, reaching their highest levels in a year, as the omicron variant has spread to 16 states nationwide and Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker hints at future restrictions for the state. New covid cases statewide have raged over the past two weeks, with over 7,100 cases per day — the highest numbers since December 2020 — according to the Illinois Department of Public Health data. Over 11,000 new cases were reported statewide over the weekend, and Illinois has been reporting more new tests per day than it has at any point during the pandemic,... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Covid Numbers ‘Raging Out Of Control,’ Lockdown Coming Soon?

November 24th, 2021
BREAKING: Illinois Covid Numbers 'Raging Out Of Control,' Lockdown Coming Soon?

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois covid-19 numbers are raging out of control despite all mitigations, causing some to call for even stronger restrictions and a potential lockdown and closure of schools statewide. Over the previous three weeks, the state has seen a massive surge of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths, according to Illinois Department of Health numbers, and the latest data released today showed a spike beyond those numbers. Illinois has averaged 4,618 new cases of coronavirus per day over the last seven days, according to the latest IDPH statistics, representing an incredible 122% increase... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Covid Cases UP 70 PERCENT; More Restrictions On The Way?

November 19th, 2021
BREAKING: Illinois Covid Cases UP 70 PERCENT; More Restrictions On The Way?

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois covid-19 numbers, up 30 percent over the past week, have exploded and are up more than 70 percent in the last three weeks, according to the latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health. IDPH numbers released today show the state is averaging 3,560 new cases of COVID per day over the last week. That is 72% more than the 2,069 new cases that the state was seeing each day on Oct. 27. Hospitalizations are also rising quickly statewide, with 1,627 patients currently hospitalized with covid statewide, an increase of 36 percent in the last three weeks. There are... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Covid Numbers Exploding Again, Is A Shutdown On The Way?

November 16th, 2021
BREAKING: Illinois Covid Numbers Exploding Again, Is A Shutdown On The Way?

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois covid-19 numbers exploded over the last week, roaring up almost 30 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Despite a statewide mask mandate and other mitigations in place, Illinois Department of Public Health recorded a 29% increase in cases from the week prior, with numbers jumping from 17,462 to 22,600 cases in one week. Illinois health officials also reported 129 additional deaths and over 439,291 new vaccine doses administered. Since the pandemic began, 1,735,586 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state, according to the latest data... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Keeping ALL Mask And Covid Restrictions, When Will Pritzker Lift Them?

October 5th, 2021
BREAKING: Illinois Keeping ALL Mask And Covid Restrictions, When Will Pritzker Lift Them?

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois won’t be lifting its mask mandate or any other covid restrictions any time soon, Gov. JB Pritzker said in his press conference Monday, adding that the covid numbers need to be “on a good downward trajectory” before he’d even consider removing any of the restrictions. “We’re watching to make sure that we’re on a good downward trajectory,” Pritzker said. “That’s what we were looking for back in May leading into June; it’s what we’re looking for now in order for us to possibly make changes.” Pritzker said the number of ICU beds being... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Covid Numbers Going Down, Why Are Some Schools Closing?

October 4th, 2021
BREAKING: Illinois Covid Numbers Going Down, Why Are Some Schools Closing?

BREAKING NEWS: New Illinois covid numbers for the past week show modest improvement for the fourth consecutive week, but some schools are closing and going to remote learning and Gov. JB Pritkzer’s mitigations remain in place, with no indication of the mask mandate ending soon. Covid numbers statewide continued to show improvement over the month of September, as the positivity rate for last week, Sept. 27-Oct. 3, dropped to 2.7 percent statewide. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 18,735 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, along with 236 additional deaths and over 159,000... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Bringing Back Statewide Mask Mandate For Covid; Other Mitigations On The Way?

August 25th, 2021
BREAKING: Illinois Bringing Back Statewide Mask Mandate For Covid; Other Mitigations On The Way?

BREAKING NEWS: Illinois is bringing back a statewide indoor mask mandate, and Governor JB Pritzker will announce it, and possibly other statewide covid-19 mitigations, in a press conference tomorrow (Thursday), several sources are saying tonight. The mask mandate is expected to apply to anyone over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status, echoing the same mask mandate brought back to Chicago two weeks ago, and to Cook County surrounding Chicagoland last week, as reported by QuadCities.com. QuadCities.com had previously reported this afternoon that new mitigations were being considered... Read More

BREAKING: Illinois Marks Worst Day For Covid Since January, New Mask Mandates Coming?

August 23rd, 2021
BREAKING: Illinois Marks Worst Day For Covid Since January, New Mask Mandates Coming?

BREAKING NEWS: The latest surge of covid-19 delta variant infections has roared through Illinois, pushing the state to its highest one-day total in covid cases since late January and its highest week for infections in months. This comes the same day that new indoor mask mandates go into effect throughout the entirety of Cook County, requiring everyone over the age of two to be masked in indoor public spaces, regardless of whether they’re vaccinated. Businesses also must post signs on all entrances telling customers about the rule. Given that the new, wider mask mandates into Cook County come... Read More

What Are The Differences In Illinois’ Tiers And Phases For Covid?

January 12th, 2021
What Are The Differences In Illinois' Tiers And Phases For Covid?

Phases, tiers, mitigations… oh my! Many have seen a variety of terms used in regard to the precautionary measures put forth by the state of Illinois in its covid-19 protocols, as we all await word on how these mitigations are going to impact our lives as they change over time. As we at QuadCities.com have reported, the Quad-Cities area is scheduled to go from tier 3 to the less restrictive tier 2 on Friday. But what does that mean? Sure, I can say, according to the metrics put forth by Pritzker on Nov. 20, a region can move down to Tier 2 mitigations if it sees a test positivity rate less... Read More

It’s Not Over Yet: Illinois Surges Past One-Million Cases Of Covid-19

January 8th, 2021
It's Not Over Yet: Illinois Surges Past One-Million Cases Of Covid-19

It was 350 days ago when Illinois announced its first case of covid-19. Today, the state went over one million in cases, meaning almost one in 12 people in the state have tested positive for the virus, according to statistics from the Illinois Department of Health. As of Thursday night, 3,777 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 780 patients were in the ICU and 422 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators, according to statistics from the Illinois Department of Health. Illinois health officials reported 9,277 new COVID-19 cases and 126 deaths Friday. The... Read More