A well-known street vendor in the Rogers Park neighborhood died Friday after being hospitalized with COVID-19 for several weeks.
“As much as doctors tried, they said there was nothing left to do to save him; he needed to rest,” his niece said.
Illinois public health officials on Sunday reported 943 new and probable cases of COVID-19 and 24 additional deaths. There were 60,746 doses of the vaccine administered Saturday and the seven-day rolling average of daily doses is 75,546.
Here’s what’s happening this weekend with COVID-19 in the Chicago area:
60,746 administered vaccine doses, 943 new cases and 24 deaths reported
Illinois public health officials on Sunday reported 943 new and probable cases of COVID-19 and 24 additional deaths. That brings the state’s totals to 1,375,508 cases and 22,623 deaths.
There were 49,200 tests reported in the previous 24 hours and the seven-day statewide positivity rate as a percent of total test is 2.2%.
There were 60,746 doses of the vaccine administered Saturday and the seven-day rolling average of daily doses is 75,546. Officials said 65% of Illinois adults have received at least one vaccine dose and 48% of adults are fully vaccinated.
CDC looking into reports of heart problem in small number of young COVID-19 vaccine recipients
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into reports that a very small number of teenagers and young adults vaccinated against the coronavirus may have experienced heart problems, according to the agency’s vaccine safety group.
The group’s statement was sparse in details, saying only that there were “relatively few” cases and that they may be entirely unrelated to vaccination. The condition, called myocarditis, is an inflammation of the heart muscle that can occur following certain infections.
The CDC’s review of the reports is in the early stages, and the agency has yet to determine whether there is any evidence that the vaccines caused the heart condition. It has posted some guidance on its website for doctors and clinicians to be alert to unusual heart symptoms among young people who have just received their shots.
“It may simply be a coincidence that some people are developing myocarditis after vaccination,” said Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. “It’s more likely for something like that to happen by chance, because so many people are getting vaccinated right now.”
The cases seem to have occurred predominantly in adolescents and young adults about four days after their second dose of one of the mRNA vaccines, which are made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. And the cases were more common in males.
“Most cases appear to be mild, and follow-up of cases is ongoing,” the vaccine safety group said. The CDC strongly recommends COVID vaccines for Americans ages 12 and older.
76,652 administered vaccine doses, 1,108 new cases and 43 deaths reported Saturday
Illinois public health officials on Saturday reported 1,108 new probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 43 deaths. That brings the state’s totals to 1,374,565 cases and 22,599 deaths.
There were 59,314 tests reported in the previous 24 hours, and the seven-day statewide positivity rate as a percent of total test is 2.3%.
There were 76,652 doses of the vaccine administered Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of daily doses is 74,487.
Esteemed Chicago street vendor who got COVID-19 days before he was to be vaccinated has died
Felipe Vallarta, a well-known street vendor in the Rogers Park neighborhood, died Friday after being hospitalized with COVID-19 for several weeks.
On Friday morning at 10 a.m., the family gathered to pay him one last visit before he was disconnected from the ventilator, said his niece Mercedes Vallarta. The Cook County medical examiner confirmed Vallarta’s death.
His granddaughter, Jany Andrade, 21, played his favorite songs from Vicente Fernandez right before he was disconnected.
“As much as doctors tried, they said there was nothing left to do to save him; he needed to rest,” said Mercedes Vallarta. She added that his wife, daughter and granddaughter are inconsolable.
He and his wife, Zenaida Castillo, 74, had been selling elotes — corn — and other Mexican snacks on the corner of Rogers Avenue and Clark Street since 2015, when Castillo lost her job as a babysitter.
The two immigrated from Puebla, Mexico, and lived for more than 20 years in Rogers Park, where they “had many friends and neighbors who appreciated him,” said his wife during an interview in early May.
Hundreds of people donated money to a GoFundMe page that Andrade opened in April to help the family pay for medical expenses.
Now the money will be used to cover funeral expenses, including burial in his native town in Mexico, said Mercedes Vallarta.
Graduation parties at Chicago restaurants proving ‘next to impossible,’ with COVID-19 limits and minimum spends of up to $2,500
When it came time to plan for her 18-year-old twins’ high school graduation in June, Judy Sutton Taylor knew she’d need an early start to snag a dinner reservation for her family and three out-of-town guests.
She didn’t expect six weeks to not be enough.
“Some restaurants will do it outside, but are telling me if it rains and they need to move us inside, that we’ll have to be split up among two tables, which isn’t really great,” she said. “Some of the restaurants only have availability at 5 p.m. or 9 p.m. This is trying six weeks out from the date.”
Finding a table for seven has been “next to impossible,” Sutton Taylor said, as COVID-19 restrictions are limiting group sizes in many Chicago restaurants, even as the state loosens its measures to prevent infection as vaccination rates increase.
Sutton Taylor isn’t alone in being frustrated. With Illinois and Chicago currently in the bridge phase ahead of a full reopening targeted for July 4, restaurants can book tables of up to 10 people, although some venues are sticking to the previous limit of six per table. In Chicago, indoor dining capacity is still capped at 75%.
Some available reservations also have hefty price tags attached, with minimum spends in the thousands leaving some families with sticker shock.
Europe is reopening and Americans are busy planning trips. But they’ll need to read the fine print on COVID-19 testing.
There’s good news for travelers eager to dust off their passports after spending 2020 stuck at home: The list of countries lowering COVID-19 travel restrictions is growing.
After being largely closed to American tourists for more than a year, the European Union recently recommended expanding the list of EU countries considered safe enough to allow tourists and opening the doors to vaccinated travelers from other countries.
Individual countries are just starting to announce reopening plans, but anticipation of Europe’s reopening has sparked a flurry of interest in destinations that have been off limits to Americans for months, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, according to travel search company Hopper.
Even with loosening restrictions, overseas trips still require navigating COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements, forcing travelers to plan ahead and potentially budget a little extra, since tests may not be covered by insurance.
When shots were scarce, 60% of Chicago’s vaccine supply went to suburbanites and low-risk neighborhoods, Tribune analysis shows
In the early weeks of the COVID-19 vaccine’s release, a joke made the rounds among people hunting for appointments in Chicago:
What’s the best way to find a shot in the city?
While the punchline was meant to be facetious, it wasn’t far off the mark. A Tribune analysis of federal vaccination data shows that in Glencoe’s predominant ZIP code, roughly 1 in every 6 residents was given their first dose from Chicago’s vaccine supply during the rollout’s earliest phases.
Residents of other affluent suburbs also had luck finding shots in the city between December 2020 and mid-April, a period when eligibility rules were still in play, people were desperate to find appointments and city officials were promising to steer doses to the hardest-hit neighborhoods. At least 1 in 8 of all residents in ZIP codes covering Oak Park, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Winnetka and River Forest received their first dose in Chicago, the data shows. When looking only at those residents who got vaccinated, the numbers are even more stark: At least 1 in 4 found shots in the city.
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