Stories about a coronavirus vaccine
Update: As COVID-19 community transmission again grows in DeKalb County, local health officials on Thursday issued new guidance strongly recommending a return to universal indoor masking in the county, regardless of vaccination status. Mayors throughout DeKalb County spoke to the Daily Chronicle in response:
More than half of Sycamore’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while the more populous city of DeKalb’s inoculation rate is about 40%, according to the latest available state data. New data obtained by the Daily Chronicle paints a more detailed picture of who’s vaccinated where, and how local leaders are using that data in ongoing pandemic responses.
A month after Northern Illinois University announced students taking classes on campus will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine, officials said Wednesday NIU now requires face masks to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status.
DeKalb County health officials said the delta variant of COVID-19 has now been confirmed locally, and as a result the department will continue to urge universal mask policies and vaccinations and encourage local elected officials to share the message.
Sycamore Superintendent Steve Wilder said it’s too early to say whether the district’s school board will reverse course on optional mask-wearing in the fall as new federal guidance was updated Tuesday amid a surging COVID-19 delta variant in portions of the country.
Less than a month into her new role leading the county’s largest school district, Minerva Garcia-Sanchez and the DeKalb school board have a significant decision to make: Will DeKalb District 428 require masks when school returns in a few weeks? “Being a leader in education means that you have to be a team player," she said.
"School is hard enough as it is": Dr. Mayuri Morker, a pediatrician at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, said she believes local school districts should require masks when school returns in the fall until enough children can get vaccinated against COVID-19.
New DeKalb School District Superintendent Minerva Garcia-Sanchez said she’s in support of students wearing masks in the classroom this fall, though the school board hasn’t yet made a final decision on the matter. “Only until people are 100% vaccinated and we’re not worried about variants would I say that masks should be 100% optional,” she said.
The clinic will include free food and giveaways. Pizza will be provided and those who attend will receive a free ticket to Six Flags.