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

Gov. J.B. Pritzker called Dr. Sameer Vohra “laser-focused on our most vulnerable populations, especially our youth … To say he is a committed public servant would be an understatement.”
What seems to make the biggest difference between people who recover from COVID and those who die is whether they get treatment within the first week of diagnosis, one expert says.
Updated daily, we’re tracking the number of tests, positive cases, vaccinations, hospitalizations and deaths as a result of COVID-19 in Illinois.
White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a letter that Biden “has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well.”
An internal probe found the employees submitted “falsified” applications to the Small Business Administration to receive coronavirus relief funds “to which they were not entitled.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that President Biden was experiencing “mild symptoms” and has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug designed to reduce the severity of the disease.
About 70% of Americans 50 and older who got a first booster shot — and nearly as many of those 65 and older — haven’t gotten their second booster dose, the CDC says.
The governor’s office on Tuesday said Pritzker received a positive result during his routine COVID-19 testing regimen “after being notified of several close contacts testing positive.”
With transmission considered medium or high in 94 Illinois counties, residents are being urged to mask up when gathering indoors in 92% of the state.
Vohra, hailed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker as the Illinois Department of Public Health’s “next visionary leader,” will serve as the permanent replacement for Dr. Ngozi Ezike, who was a fixture on Illinois television screens during the pandemic.
Hospital admissions have more than doubled since mid-April, following a steady increase in cases since the early spring — a trend playing out in most other parts of the country, too.
How much insurance companies collected — and how much more they could have given back to drivers.
The FDA will have to decide the exact recipe. But expect a combination shot that adds protection against omicron or some of its newer relatives to the original vaccine.
Chicago’s version of the “she-cession” was evident in the disproportionate job losses: there were 10,957 fewer men in the 2020 workforce compared to the year before the pandemic — but there were 36,092 fewer women.
The Chicago Department of Public Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois are teaming up to open family vaccination clinics on the South Side throughout the summer.
“I know everyone wants COVID to be over,” said Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady. “Unfortunately, we continue to see the COVID virus itself mutate quickly, with new, more contagious subvariants emerging every few weeks.”
From how to prepare your kids to where to get vaccinated, the Sun-Times answers parents’ questions.
The approval Saturday from Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director. expands the nation’s coronavirus vaccination campaign to children as young as 6 months old.
Decreases in new cases and hospitalizations prompted the rating change.
U.S. kids under 5 — roughly 18 million youngsters — are eligible for the shots.
Pandemic relief programs for child care providers and needy families will extend to year end, with some lasting into 2023.
Amsterdam concert postponed just hours before showtime after 78-year-old frontman develops coronavirus symptoms.
“The most effective way to prevent severe illness is for all to be up-to date with vaccinations and boosters,” said Amaal Tokars, the Illinois Department of Public Health’s acting director.
Members of SEIU Local 73 spent 18 days on strike last summer.
Workers said Tuesday that one excuse their boss offered for not getting them their money was because lines at bank teller windows were too long.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker hasn’t held a news conference on COVID-19 in three months, but his office says the governor and his public health team remain on top of the situation. Experts aren’t sure more briefings would help, given how tired many are of hearing about the virus.