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The latest news about the novel coronavirus COVID-19 with a focus on its impact on Chicago and Illinois.

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Illinois expanding to phase 1B of vaccination program Thursday (LIVE UPDATES)

Here’s the latest news on how COVID-19 impacted Chicago and Illinois.

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CPS open to remote learning fixes as F’s increase, attendance drops

High schools have faced a 4.3% drop in attendance compared to 0.9% for elementary schools. Meanwhile, more A’s were given this year but also more failing grades at all grade levels and in all racial groups.

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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine works well in big ‘real world’ test

The vaccine was 92% effective at preventing severe disease after two shots and 62% after one. Its estimated effectiveness for preventing death was 72% two to three weeks after the first shot, a rate that may improve as immunity builds over time.

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High school reopening talks between CPS, CTU expected to start this week

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson told the school board Wednesday the district plans to restart in-person learning for high school students this spring.

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Chicago hospital fined $13,500 over masking policy after nurses file complaint after 3 die

Community First in Portage Park is contesting citations from OSHA over respirator guidelines.

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Burke, Lopez use parliamentary maneuver to delay vote on federal stimulus funds

After aldermen Edward Burke (14th) and Ray Lopez (15th) moved to postpone a vote on CARES Act funding, Lightfoot adjourned Wednesday’s meeting and summoned the City Council back at 3 p.m. Friday.

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America should throw open its doors to immigrant entrepreneurs

The Biden administration should restore a rule that allows immigrants who have proven records as entrepreneurs to come and stay.

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Live map of coronavirus cases by zip code

Track the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases by zip code with this state map, updated daily with public health department data.

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Live map of Illinois coronavirus cases

Track the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases across the state with this state map, updated daily with public health department data.

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UN vaccine plan is underway, but problems remain

The initiative, known as COVAX, has been dogged by shortages of cash and supplies as well as logistical hurdles — all while a handful of rich countries raced ahead with their vaccination campaigns.

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Shopping online eases isolation for older adults

The pandemic has motivated many who have been isolated at home or unable to leave their senior communities to learn something they may have resisted until now: how to buy groceries and more online.

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States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

Maryland and California recently moved forward with help for the poor, the jobless, small businesses and those needing child care. New Mexico and Pennsylvania are funneling grants directly to cash-starved businesses. North Carolina’s governor wants additional state aid for such things as bonus pay for teachers and boosting rural internet speeds.

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Less than 5% of Illinois residents fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as state prepares to expand eligibility

People 16 and up with underlying health conditions will be able to sign up for shots beginning Thursday at most Illinois sites — but not in Chicago or suburban Cook County.

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Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Joe Biden, who like Donald Trump’s administration considered sending masks to all Americans, is instead adopting a more conservative approach, aiming to reach underserved communities and those bearing the brunt of the outbreak. Trump’s administration shelved the plans entirely.

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2 hard-hit East Coast cities, 2 diverging fates in vaccine rollout

Central Falls, Rhode Island and Chelsea, Massachusetts’ fortunes could not be more different during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

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Ghana 1st nation to receive coronavirus vaccines from COVAX

The arrival of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the West African country marks the beginning of the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history, according to the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

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White Sox’ Jose Abreu tests positive for coronavirus

The 2020 AL MVP is asymptomatic. The White Sox expect him to join the team in "not too distant future."

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FDA says Johnson & Johnson 1-dose shot prevents COVID-19; final decision soon

Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic.

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Coronavirus live blog, Feb. 23, 2021: Travel guidelines loosened as Chicago’s COVID-19 positivity rate dips further

Here’s Tuesday’s news on how COVID-19 impacted Chicago and Illinois.

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Summer in the city? Chicago eases travel limits as statewide COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations hit July numbers

The city’s updated COVID-19 travel order will no longer apply to people who have been fully vaccinated against the virus.

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City partners with shelters to vaccinate homeless residents

As the city reaches the lowest COVID-19 positivity rate since the pandemic’s early days, it has prioritized vaccinating some of its most vulnerable residents, including those experiencing homelessness.

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Pritzker expands pandemic food aid for kids: ‘One step closer to ending hunger for those in need in Illinois’

Illinois’ pandemic food assistance program helped feed roughly 764,000 children during the 2019-20 school year. The expanded program is expected to help the state reach roughly 200,000 more eligible children.

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Northwestern’s Dance Marathon goes virtual

The annual fundraiser, nearly half a century old, is being revamped due to COVID-19.

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Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

Vaccinations got off to a rocky start, but by the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up sharply from the roughly 75 million shipped so far.

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Something is terribly wrong when we’re all forced to be vaccine hunters

There are more people who need shots than there are shots to give. That is not an excuse. We chose to make this a free-for-all.

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White House promises vaccine help as states rush to catch up

From coast to coast, states were scrambling Tuesday to catch up on vaccinations a week after winter storms battered a large swath of the U.S. and led to clinic closures, canceled appointments and shipment backlogs nationwide.

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Health secretary nominee says pandemic comes first but agenda broader

Xavier Becerra faces two days of contentious hearings. Republicans are portraying Becerra as unfit, but Democrats are unfazed, accusing the GOP of playing politics despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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Chicago Park District to reopen the lakefront, play areas, swimming pools

The reopening plans are in response to sustained declines in COVID-19 positivity rates and cases.

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Not to be sniffed at: Agony of post-COVID-19 loss of smell

A year into the coronavirus pandemic, doctors and researchers are still striving to better understand and treat the accompanying epidemic of COVID-19-related anosmia — loss of smell.

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Before Trump left office, FEMA OK’d exporting millions of N95 masks U.S. workers say they need

The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a waiver, allowing a Texas company to export its products after it failed to secure U.S. customers, records show.

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Behind growing number of coronavirus deaths are names, and behind each name, a story — and a heartache

If you want to understand the scope of the pandemic’s toll, the list of the dead is a good starting point.  If you read through the list, I think you’ll see what I’ve seen: that COVID has reached into every corner of the county and touched every group.  

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CPS teachers may be required to disclose whether they’ve been vaccinated

A newly proposed policy also would allow officials to mandate COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. But CPS said it wouldn’t immediately use that authority.

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Biden to mourn 500,000 dead from COVID-19 while balancing grief and hope

Confronting the grim milestone directly and publicly, President Joe Biden is trying to strike a balance between gravity and hope, while Donald Trump generally avoided constructs of collective grief for the deaths on his watch.

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US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

The lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, are about equal to the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and greater than that of Miami; Raleigh, North Carolina; or Omaha, Nebraska.

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Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly

Boris Johnson said the government’s plan would move the country "cautiously but irreversibly" out of lockdown. "We are now traveling on a one-way road to freedom," he said at a televised news conference.

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Seniors have priority for COVID-19 vaccines, yet many who are homebound still wait

‘This is a hidden group that’s going to be overlooked if we don’t step up efforts to reach them,’ Dr. Steven Landers says of the nation’s millions of older, homebound adults.