Chicago updated its travel order Tuesday, adding new states to the higher risk travel category and updating the testing requirements for some.
Meanwhile, Illinois reveals changes to its COVID mitigation plan as vaccinations continue across the state.
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:
Coronavirus in Illinois: 2,587 new COVID cases, 9 deaths, 81,000 vaccinations
Illinois health officials reported 2,587 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases and nine additional deaths in the past day, along with nearly 82,000 vaccinations administered.
The recently reported coronavirus cases on Tuesday bring the statewide total to 1,306,787 cases since the pandemic began. The nine additional deaths brought the total death toll to 21,694, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
In the past 24 hours, 47,506 coronavirus test samples were returned to state laboratories, with more than 21.7 million now performed during the pandemic.
Read more here.
Lori Lightfoot expects Bulls and Blackhawks fans at the end of the season
At a press conference Tuesday morning, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed her optimism that fans will return to the United Center for Bulls and Blackhawks at the end of each team’s 2020-21 seasons.
“We’re talking to both the Bulls and the Blackhawks. I think they have very solid plans,” Lightfoot said. “But those plans were implemented at a time when we were on the rise. As Dr. (Allison Arwady) has already said and the numbers confirm, we feel that we could be stagnating and even dare to dream – going down.
“Coming down is the right time to have that conversation, so we will continue with that. And I hope before the end of the season there will be fans at the United Center.”
Read more here.
Chicago Ride Request: 26 States Now Higher Risk, Testing Requirements Change
Chicago updated its emergency travel order Tuesday, detailing where states are currently located and determining guidelines on whether travelers should self-quarantine or test negative for COVID-19 before arriving in the city.
The order now includes 26 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia under an “orange level,” which requires a quarantine or negative test prior to arrival before arriving in Chicago. The lower “yellow level” includes 23. The level that states fall to depends on the population-adjusted case rate.
Additionally, starting this week, those traveling from an orange list state and unable to get tested before arriving in Chicago can use a test site at an airport or other test site upon arrival, authorities said. , and they added that those who are tested upon arrival must still self-quarantine until they receive a negative result.
Full list updated here.
Navy Pier Announces Gradual Reopening and Celebratory Fireworks
Following its temporary closure from Labor Day, Navy Pier will begin its gradual reopening in late April, representatives of the iconic Chicago attraction announced.
The initial phase, beginning April 30, restores public access to the following: parking lots at Navy Pier, Polk Bros Park, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, North and South Docks of the Pier, Pier Park, select attractions and attractions, East End Plaza, tour boats and cruises, the new Sable hotel and select restaurants with limited capacity.
To celebrate the reopening, Navy Pier will host a 10-minute fireworks display every Saturday in May at 9 pm Guests will be able to view exhibits from the open spaces of Navy Pier.
More details here.
Cook County to Post 10K COVID Vaccine Citations Tuesday
Cook County is scheduled to post 10,000 appointments for the COVID vaccine on Tuesday afternoon.
Appointments are scheduled to be posted at noon and will include doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Meanwhile, Aurora also announced that it will offer first-dose Pfizer vaccine appointments April 20-27 at its mass vaccination center located at 970 N. Lake St.
Click here for details on how to schedule an appointment.
Watch Live: Lightfoot, Chicago’s Best Doctor to Visit Chicago State University Mass Vaccination Clinic
Chicago Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Arwady will join Chicago State University President Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott for a visit to the Chicago Mass Vaccination Clinic. CSU.
The visit is scheduled for 9:30 am at the Emil & Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center.
A broadcast of the event will be streamed live on the player above.
Study: Insufficient single dose of COVID vaccine for people who had mild cases of virus
Researchers at Northwestern University’s Policy Research Institute say a new study has indicated that a two-dose dose of the COVID-19 vaccine does not provide sufficient protection against the virus in people who previously had mild or asymptomatic cases of the disease. , which means that people are still advised to get both doses of the vaccine.
According to a press release from the researchers, the study had examined whether people who had previous mild or asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus could achieve a high level of immunity with just one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, rather than the two doses. recommended. .
The study did not investigate the differences between mild cases of COVID and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in terms of the robustness of the immune response.
Read more here.
Illinois Reopening Plan – Regions Will Not Automatically Trigger New Mitigations, Even If Metrics Hit
Illinois’ 11 regions will not automatically see any new COVID-19 mitigation, even if they hit metrics that previously automatically triggered more restrictions, state health officials said Monday.
All regions of the state remain in Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan, where they have been since February.
Previously, a region would move from Phase 4 mitigations to Level 1 if it had a test positivity rate ≥ 8% for three consecutive days during a 14-day follow-up period (7-day average) OR a sustained increase in the test positivity rate (7-day average over 7 out of 10 days) and (A) Sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average over 7 out of 10 days), or (B) Hospital and beds ICU with staff <20% for three consecutive days (Average of 3 days).
But state health officials said Monday that regions will no longer automatically trigger Tier 1 mitigations, even if they hit those metrics amid another spike in cases and hospitalizations.
“The resurgence mitigation plan was designed before we had vaccines,” Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said in a statement Monday.
Pfizer Vaccines vs. Modern Vaccines: Side Effects, Efficacy, and More
As many Johnson & Johnson vaccine appointments switch to doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in the wake of a recommended break in Illinois and Chicago, what can those who once anticipated the single shot vaccine expect now?
Although the pause in the J&J vaccine is likely only temporary, both the city and the state have already switched many clinics and vaccination events to one of the remaining vaccines available.
White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that he believes the United States will likely resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as soon as this week, though it could come with a warning or attached restriction.
Here’s a breakdown of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, their potential side effects, and how effective they are believed to be.
Chicago COVID Vaccine Eligibility Open to All Residents 16 Years Old and Over Monday
Chicago opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for all residents age 16 and older on Monday, one week after the rest of Illinois.
The change to Phase 2 eligibility comes as the city announces that more than 1 million residents have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
“Opening vaccine eligibility to all adults in Chicago is another important milestone in our goal to vaccinate everyone and overcome the pandemic to safely reopen our city,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Lightfoot also issued a reminder that vaccine supply remains limited across the city, encouraging people to be patient.
Read more here.
Chicago High Schools Reopen After Union Approval
Chicago public high schools reopened Monday for the first time since the nation’s third-largest school district became completely remote amid the coronavirus pandemic more than a year ago.
The Chicago Teachers Union announced Sunday that its members overwhelmingly approved a reopening plan that includes helping students 16 and older and their families obtain COVID-19 vaccines, prioritizing certain zip codes affected by the pandemic. . Also included in the agreement with Chicago Public Schools is greater leeway for educators to work remotely, as if they had no students in person that day.
Read more here.
Coronavirus in Illinois: 2,666 new COVID cases, 10 deaths, 115,000 vaccinations
Illinois health officials reported 2,666 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases and 10 additional deaths in the last day, along with more than 115,000 vaccinations administered.
The recently reported coronavirus cases on Sunday bring the statewide total to 1,302,241 cases since the pandemic began. The 10 additional deaths brought the total death toll to 21,663, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
In the past 24 hours, 70,106 coronavirus test samples were returned to state laboratories, with more than 21.7 million now performed during the pandemic.
Statewide positivity fell Sunday, with 4% of all tests coming back positive. The positivity rate for people tested in the past seven days also dropped to 4.7%, according to IDPH data.
Read more here.
What makes you more prone to side effects from the COVID vaccine?
Side effects are possible after receiving a dose or two of any of the coronavirus vaccines currently administered in the US, but not everyone experiences them. Experiencing side effects is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it is a sign that your body is responding.
So what makes someone more likely to experience them than others?
Women and younger people are more likely to report side effects, experts say, while side effects can also vary depending on whether or not you’ve had coronavirus.
People are more likely to report side effects after their second dose, Chicago’s chief physician said, echoing reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But having no side effects is not a bad thing, health experts say.
Read more here.