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COVID-19 in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Wednesday


#As of #Tuesday, 269,625 doses of vaccine had been delivered to #Illinois, not including the share that went directly to the city of #Chicago.

The state’s next allotment of vaccine is expected to be delivered “on a rolling basis” this week and #Monday, according to the governor’s office.

#However, the U.S. goal of getting initial COVID-19 vaccine doses to 20 million #Americans by year’s end is looking like a long shot.

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The #Trump administration’s #Operation #Warp #Speed initially promised to unleash a vast stockpile of 300 million vaccine doses by #January but later slashed its target and said it hoped to get about 40 million doses to recipients by the end of the year.

The CDC reported #Tuesday that only 11.45 million doses had been distributed since #Dec. 13, with only about 2.1 million doses actually administered.

#Here’s what’s happening #Wednesday with COVID-19 in the #Chicago area and #Illinois:

4:25 p.m.: #Plan to reopen CPS schools ‘doesn’t have anything to do with vaccination,’ #Chicago health commissioner says, though teachers slated for shots in coming months

#Chicago #Public #Schools teachers and staff won’t be vaccinated against the coronavirus before buildings are due to reopen for in-person classes, but eventually school nurses will help administer the inoculations.

#Teachers, along with other groups considered front-line essential workers, are slated to be in the second phase of vaccination, after the first-priority rollout for health care employees and long-term care facility residents and workers that began this month.

#Chicago’s public health commissioner, #Dr. #Allison #Arwady, said #Wednesday that teacher vaccinations could potentially begin in #March or late #February at the earliest. #That’s after the scheduled resumption of in-person classes in CPS, which is #Jan. 11 for pre-kindergarten and some special educations and #Feb. 1 for most kindergarten through eighth graders, unless they opt for continued remote learning. The first group of teachers are expected to report to schools on #Monday.

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#But #Arwady, when asked during the online Q and A why CPS planned to bring staff and students back before staff members are vaccinated, said the decision “doesn’t have anything to do with vaccination.” #Read more here. — #Alice #Yin and #Elyssa #Cherney

1:43 p.m.: #Timeline: #How COVID-19 upended the #Chicago-area restaurant industry — and how it fought back.

#When the coronavirus pandemic hit, it ushered in a year of uncertainty, fear and struggle that spanned industries, income brackets and communities.

#Restaurants across the state were forced to pivot repeatedly, with hundreds laying off employees and eventually closing because of the mounting expenses and a lack of governmental aid that never really came. #Some found new ways of operating or introduced new concepts they hoped would align better with the shift to takeout and delivery that became a lifeline for beloved culinary institutions in the #Chicago area.

#As 2020 draws to a close, we look back at the past nine months and how the pandemic affected restaurants, bars and breweries. #While it’s still unclear what 2021 will bring, the lessons of 2020 will remain important for some time to come.

1:28 p.m.: #Aetna drops #Walgreens from its #Medicaid plan, making it harder for low-income #Chicagoans to get their prescriptions during the pandemic

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#Critics say the decision is hitting poor and majority-Black neighborhoods on the #South and #West sides hard at a time when residents are already disproportionately suffering from COVID-19 and unemployment.

“It’s really pathetic,” state #Rep. #La #Shawn #Ford, D-Chicago, said of #Aetna’s decision. “It’s an attack not just on #Black people, but on those that are struggling during the pandemic.”

#In a written statement, #Aetna responded that it has nearly 2,000 in-network pharmacies statewide for #Medicaid members, including independent pharmacies and those in national and regional chains such as #Walmart and #Jewel-Osco.

12:10 p.m.: 7,374 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 178 additional deaths reported

#Illinois health officials on #Wednesday announced 7,374 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 178 additional fatalities, bringing the total number of known infections in #Illinois to 955,380 and the statewide death toll to 16,357 since the start of the pandemic.

#Officials also reported 74,573 new tests in the last 24 hours. The seven-day statewide rolling positivity rate for cases as a share of total tests was 7.6% for the period ending #Tuesday.

11:45 a.m.: #Illinois reports 126,211 COVID-19 vaccinations administered throughout the state

#By the end of the day #Monday, 126,211 COVID-19 vaccinations had been given throughout #Illinois, as the state began the third week of its mass immunization effort, according to #Gov. J.B. #Pritzker’s office.

#As of #Tuesday, 269,625 doses of vaccine had been delivered to #Illinois, not including the share that went directly to the city of #Chicago.

#This week, 21,450 #Pfizer doses and 16,200 #Moderna doses were shipped to the city, public health #Commissioner #Dr. #Allison #Arwady said in a #Wednesday virtual Q&A.

#Arwady underscored that there is no concern the vaccine will expire before use, given that they have about a six-month shelf life and are being distributed within days. #What will really determine efficient roll-out, she said, is more allocation.

6:05 a.m.: UK approves use of 2nd COVID-19 vaccine with easier storage

#Britain on #Wednesday became the first country to authorize an easy-to-handle COVID-19 vaccine whose developers hope it will become the “vaccine for the world.” The approval and a shift in policy that will speed up rollout of the vaccine in the U.K. comes as a surge in infections threatens to swamp #British hospitals.

The #Department of #Health said it had accepted a recommendation from the #Medicines and #Healthcare #Products #Regulatory #Agency to authorize emergency use of the vaccine developed by #Oxford #University and U.K.-based drugmaker #AstraZeneca.

#Britain has bought 100 million doses of the vaccine. #Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.K. have already received a different vaccine, made by U.S. drugmaker #Pfizer and #German firm #BioNTech.

#Partial results from studies in almost 24,000 people in #Britain, #Brazil and #South #Africa suggest the shots are safe and about 70% effective for preventing illness from coronavirus infection.

The #Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to be relied on in many countries because of its low cost, availability and ease of use. #It can be kept in refrigerators rather than the ultra-cold storage some other vaccines require. The company has said it will sell it for $2.50 a dose and plans to make up to 3 billion doses by the end of 2021.

A decision on the vaccine is further off in the #United #States, where the #Food and #Drug #Administration is waiting for data from a separate clinical trial. The study was halted in #September and delayed for nearly seven weeks — much longer than in other countries — as regulators investigated whether an illness in a participant in #Britain was related to the vaccine. #American regulators ultimately allowed the trial to proceed.

6 a.m.: #New year brings new laws, but fewer of them, thanks to the pandemic

#One of the side effects of the coronavirus pandemic was a drastically shortened spring session of the #General #Assembly, which means far fewer laws taking effect on #New #Year’s #Day than in a typical year.

#Only about a half-dozen new state laws and policies take effect #Jan. 1. A year earlier, more than 250 new laws took effect, including the landmark legalization of recreational marijuana.

#Nonetheless, some of the new laws will have a significant effect on people’s lives.

#Here are some recent stories related to COVID-19:



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