What Should You Know If Coronavirus Cases Rise Before Thanksgiving Day?
Chicago officials will post a COVID-19 update.
Here’s What You Need To Know About The Illinois Coronavirus Pandemic Today:
Watch Live: Chicago’s Mayor, CDPH, to give COVID update before Thanksgiving
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Health Department are expected to release a COVID-19 update on Monday as the number of cases in the city continues to surge ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The mayor, who will be joined by other city leaders, will discuss the city’s vaccination efforts before the holidays as Chicago re-enters a state of high transmission.
A press conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Northwest Side Housing Center.
Watch live here.
COVID-19 Guide to Thanksgiving Travel
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last month announced updated guidelines for traveling for Thanksgiving this year, encouraging travelers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The guidelines also suggest wearing masks in indoor public spaces.
Wearing a mask over the nose and mouth is required on public transit traveling to, within, or out of the United States, regardless of vaccination status.
More about what you should know as you plan this vacation.
Coronavirus in Illinois: 28,280 new cases, 150 deaths, 434,000 vaccinations last week
Illinois health officials reported 28,280 new COVID-19 cases over the past week on Friday, as well as 150 additional deaths and over 434,995 new vaccine doses administered.
A total of 1,763,866 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state since the pandemic began, according to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The additional deaths reported this week bring the state to 26,227 confirmed COVID deaths.
According to the latest data from IDPH, new cases of COVID were up 25% from a week earlier. The number of deaths has also increased since last week.
Read more here.
District 65 cancels classes before the Thanksgiving break due to staff shortages
Citing staff shortages and the mental health of staff and faculty, Evanston / Skokie School District 65 is canceling classes on Monday and Tuesday, giving students a longer Thanksgiving break than planned.
The district leadership announced the decision in a letter posted online on Friday stating that the district does not have enough staff or substitute teachers to “provide the necessary supervision or support quality learning next week.”
“We believe this is because educators and support staff need to rest and focus on mental health and take care of their own families as well,” said Superintendent Dr. Devon Horton.
Horton added that the district hopes that “our community can both respect and understand the unique circumstances of this situation and those we all continue to face.”
“We know our employees, families and students all do their best,” he said. “Stress causes burnout and people juggle personal and professional commitments and a variety of challenges catalyzed by the pandemic.”
Read more here.
COVID booster shots: Here’s who is eligible after CDC confirmation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended booster shots of the Moderna and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines for all adults in the United States, but can you get one?
Under the new rules, anyone 18 and older can choose either a Pfizer or Moderna booster six months after their last dose. For those who received Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, the waiting time was just two months.
Federal health officials noted that people can still “mix-and-match” boosters from any company.
IDPH recommends all residents aged 18 and over to receive COVID booster vaccinations
The Illinois Department of Health issued new guidelines on Friday recommending anyone 18 years of age or older to get a booster vaccination with COVID-19 if they are eligible.
The Illinois Department of Health said the announcement came after a ruling by the Food and Drug Administration that has approved booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccines Moderna and Pfizer for all U.S. adults.
IDPH said it now recommends residents 18 and older receive a booster vaccination from Moderna or Pfizer six months after their second vaccination or two months after receiving the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
“For continued, ongoing protection, we urge everyone who is entitled to a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine to get one,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike in a statement. “Scientific and medical experts have reviewed the data and found that booster doses are beneficial. While we need more people who are completely unvaccinated to get their first doses, we cannot risk losing some of the protection that vaccines already offer due to decreased immunity. ”
Read more here.
Cook County health officials announced Monday that all adults will be allowed to receive COVID-19 booster vaccinations as the county prepares to step up its fight against the global pandemic, despite federal guidelines recommending eligibility to certain groups to restrict.