Stories about a COVID-19 vaccine
The 3,048 new COVID-19 cases are the most in a single day since May 7. Illinois administered another 25,247 vaccines on Wednesday.
Though most DeKalb County long-term care facility residents appear to be vaccinated from COVID-19, new state data shows employee vaccination rates at those facilities is significantly lower. In some local facilities, half the employees are vaccinated.
Masks are now required for all Illinois schools – from preschool through grade 12 – as well as daycares, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday. Here’s what some DeKalb County parents had to say in response.
“We will follow the mandate effective immediately,” said Sycamore Superintendent Steve Wilder. Both Sycamore and Genoa-Kingston districts, which previously approved optional masks, will now comply with Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s new mandate requiring masks indoors in public schools statewide regardless of vaccination status.
Of the more than 6.52 million Illinois residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, only 0.01% have been hospitalized with a breakthrough infection, according to the latest data
Update: "We know that not everybody is in agreement with what we’re doing, but we’re asking for folks to allow for empathy and grace around us being able to take care of those that are put into our care," said DeKalb Superintendent Minerva Garcia-Sanchez on the school board's decision to require masks for all when school begins this month. “It’s better to be preventative than wishing we did something more," she said.
Total COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois increased overnight by 13.3%, as the state now has its most coronavirus hospitalizations since late May
DeKalb County residents who still need the COVID-19 vaccine may have an even easier time accessing it now, as the DeKalb County Health Department announced Tuesday its received a mobile vehicle which allows them to take the vaccine directly to residents.
In one month, Will County’s COVID-19 positivity rate has increased nearly fivefold, public health data show
Total COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois are back near 1,000 after being in the 400s less than a month ago. But Illinois now also has more than 6.5 million residents fully vaccinated.