COVID-19 variants news
Concern about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has prompted DuPage County to postpone a Fine Arts Festival scheduled for later this month at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.
RJ Barry-Ethridge is a COVID Ambassador for the state of Illinois
As local COVID-19 virus transmission rates remains high in DeKalb County, local health officials said this week they’re continuing to prioritize on-site vaccination clinics ahead of a possible fall surge.
Udovich, Hill stressed the need for more education and one-on-one conversations
Sycamore School District 427 parents publicly urging the school board to make masks optional again made up the majority of those who addressed board members at the Tuesday meeting. Sycamore Superintendent Steve Wilder said the risks outweigh the rewards if the district were to defy the state mandate.
“So there’s some misunderstanding with the population that they had COVID in the past, so they don’t believe they need to be vaccinated,” Larson said. “And I would say that is it is not true.” A local in-patient hospital pharmacy director is reiterating the importance of getting vaccinated from COVID-19, especially as the delta variant sweeps through Illinois and DeKalb County
“The more you look into the science behind it, the more reassured that you should be that this is a safe thing to do,” said Brit Teson, labor and delivery nurse with Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, who's sharing her story of addressing her own vaccine hesitancy while pregnant, and why she decided to get the shot.
“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.
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.
An area community college is joining the list of schools going back to requiring masks for all students, staff and visitors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.