The state did not provide a list of counties that would fall in that category, instead encouraging residents to contact their local health departments. Officials in several collar counties said demand remained high and there were no plans to expand eligibility.
On Sunday, Cook County Health released some 25,000 appointments for the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at four sites. Vaccinations are by appointment only and proof of inclusion in Phase 1A, 1B or 1B+ is required.
Here’s what’s happening this weekend with COVID-19 in the Chicago area:
110,211 vaccine doses, 2,250 COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths reported
Illinois public health officials on Sunday reported 2,250 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 23 additional deaths. That brings the state’s totals since the pandemic began to 1,237,828 cases and 21,251 deaths.
There were 65,729 tests reported in the previous 24 hours. The seven-day statewide positivity rate as a percent of total test is 3.2%.
There were 110,211 doses of the coronavirus vaccine administered Saturday and the seven-day rolling average of daily vaccine doses is 103,081.
Cook County releasing 25,000 vaccine appointments today
At noon Sunday, Cook County Health will release some 25,000 appointments for the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at four sites.
Vaccinations are by appointment only and proof of inclusion in Phase 1A, 1B or 1B+ is required. The eligible sites are the Forest Park Community Vaccination Center, Des Plaines Vaccination Center, South Suburban and Triton College. The Pfizer vaccine will be used at all locations.
Anyone previously classified as 1C in these groups will also be eligible: higher education, government, media, restaurants, construction trades, and religious leaders. Those in the county’s database classified as 1C but who now meet the state’s new guidelines will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule.
One-third of US adults have received first doses of vaccine
The U.S. vaccination campaign is accelerating rapidly, with more than 91 million people — roughly one-third of the adult population — having received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccination by Saturday. And nearly every state has announced that it will meet President Joe Biden’s directive to make all adults eligible by May 1.
But as of Saturday afternoon, two states — Arkansas and New York — still had not declared a timeline for their residents, according to a New York Times vaccine rollout tracker.
2,678 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 25 additional deaths reported
Illinois health officials on Saturday announced 2,678 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 25 additional fatalities, bringing the total number of known infections in Illinois to 1,235,578 and the statewide death toll to 21,228 since the start of the pandemic.
Officials also reported 96,175 new tests in the last 24 hours. The statewide positivity rate for cases is 3.0%.
The 7-day daily average of administered vaccine doses is 99,936, with 136,593 doses given on Friday. Officials also say a total of 5,418,211 vaccines have now been administered.
A third surge in Illinois? It’s a race between COVID-19 vaccinations and variants, and experts are concerned
For the first time in months, COVID-19 cases are climbing again in Illinois.
So is the percent of tests coming back positive. So are hospitalizations. All as vaccines are injected into tens of thousands of Illinoisans a day.
These developments come after months of hope that the worst pandemic in a century would simply peter out, after a brutal fall infection surge gave way to massive drops in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
But now, more contagious variants of the virus are on the rise, even as a pandemic-weary public starts to balk at mask rules and limits on gatherings. So although case counts remain relatively low, public health officials and researchers aren’t ruling out a third surge.
Millennials want to buy homes so bad, 80% would purchase one without seeing it amid high-stakes COVID-19 market: survey
Chanelle Bell is looking for a single-family home in the Beverly neighborhood after spending seven years in Hyde Park.
The native Californian said she’s looking to start a family within the next year, but she’s realized buying in her area is not feasible.
“That’s been really hard for me to really reconcile because I’ve never known living in Chicago, outside of this neighborhood, but I’m out-priced,” she said.
Bell, 28, is one of many millennials making moves toward homeownership earlier than planned due to the pandemic. And she’s not alone. According to a recent survey by St. Louis-based Clever Real Estate, an online platform that refers homebuyers and sellers to agents who charge less commission, 30% of millennials say COVID-10 pushed them to begin house hunting earlier than originally planned.
Tallying up indoor dining ban fines: Chicago dinged restaurant and bar owners; suburban counties issued warnings
While Chicago levied hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines on bars, restaurants and other businesses for violating COVID-19 restrictions during the pandemic’s first year, suburban county governments largely let scofflaws off the hook, a Tribune review of public records found.
Hundreds of city businesses faced fines between $200 and $12,000 for a variety of violations, including remaining open during mandatory shutdowns, having too many people eating and drinking indoors, and a lack of masking on staff and patrons.
There were hundreds of complaints of similar conduct in the collar counties, but records showed only a dozen cases so far where financial penalties resulted for violating rules intended to limit the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Several suburban officials said they relied on an “educational” approach, paying visits or calling to remind business owners of restrictions.
Lax suburban enforcement may have created an uneven playing field, as some bar and restaurant owners suffered greater financial harm if they strictly followed public health guidelines while competitors took a speak-easy approach and remained furtively open in violation of the rules.
Read more here. —David Heinzmann, Stacy St. Clair, Hal Dardick, Robert McCoppin, Dan Petrella and Joe Mahr
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