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Jacksons Both in Hospital with the Coronavirus

CHICAGO — Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, remained hospitalized Monday after testing positive for COVID-19, family members said. Jesse Jackson, 79, has been fully vaccinated, receiving his first shot in January at a public event where he urged others to do the same. But Jacqueline Jackson, 77, has not been vaccinated, according to longtime family spokesman Frank Watkins.
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Illinois COVID-19 hospitalizations lowest in nearly 1 month

CHICAGO — While there continue to be encouraging signs the latest COVID-19 surge is subsiding in Illinois, stark differences remain depending on your location. There are currently 2,082 people hospitalized in Illinois with COVID, the lowest daily patient count since August 21. There are 502 COVID patients currently treated in the ICU, the lowest number in nearly three weeks.

Is Sneezing a Symptom of COVID?

It's a question many allergy sufferers are wondering this time of year. With cases of the delta coronavirus variant sparking surges across the country and fall allergy season beginning, it might be hard to distinguish whether your symptoms are from pollen, just a cold or something more. According to the...

Most Illinois schools have not yet started COVID-19 saliva SHIELD testing. Here’s why.

Most Illinois schools have not yet started weekly COVID-19 saliva testing despite being several weeks into the school year — a situation that officials blame on the logistics of getting testing off the ground as well as a crush of demand. In early August, the state health department announced that all public schools in Illinois outside of Chicago — which received its own federal funding — ...
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Pritzker blames local officials for continued COVID-19 mitigations

CHICAGO, Ill. – It remains not the most popular statement Illinois Governor JB Pritzker will ever make, but Pritzker is again urging residents to “mask up.”. Pritzker says while the state’s COVID-19 numbers in terms of hospitalizations are holding somewhat steady despite regional increases, they’re also not going down either.

Extremely Local News: Christkindlmarket makes its return after a year off due to COVID

Shamus Toomey, Editor in Chief and co-founder of Block Club Chicago, joined Bob Sirott to share the latest Chicago neighborhood stories. Shamus shares information on:. A Food Truck Park Could Be Coming To City-Owned Lot Near Old Megamall Under a community-driven proposal, one Logan Square lot would become a public park with a water feature and another would be designated for paleta and empanada carts and food trucks.
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COVID-19 update: Campus cases decrease from initial surge

This week, the recent surge of COVID-19 cases on campus has declined from the initial surge at the start of the semester. Five positive cases were reported on Sept. 14. This number peaked on Aug. 30 with 74 positive cases. In comparison with the rest of Champaign County, the areas...

Daywatch: Is a ‘twindemic’ on the horizon? | Few Illinois schools COVID testing weekly, despite signing up for program | How Chicago Party Aunt became a Netflix series

Good morning, Chicago. Experts are warning that the approaching flu season could be particularly severe, renewing fears of something we heard about last fall, too: a potential “twindemic.” Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming flu season and getting your flu shot this year during the pandemic. In lighter news, if you’re looking for something fun (and safe) to do this weekend, we have ...

FDA panel rejects COVID vaccine booster for broad use – What does that mean for you?

Dr. Robert Murphy, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, joins Jon Hansen (filling-in for Steve Bertrand) on Chicago’s Afternoon News to explain why advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided to only allow emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for people 65 and up and those at high risk of severe illness.
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COVID vaccine booster shot: What you need to know

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Internal specialist Dr. Douglas Tran, from Edward-Elmhurst Health, stopped by Windy City Weekend Friday to fill us in on who needs to rush out and get a COVID-19 booster shot, and lets us know if vaccine mandates are best to keep infection rates down. When asked if...

Your body’s backup immune system remembers COVID virus, research shows

CHICAGO (WGN) — We talk a great deal about antibodies when it comes to post-COVID-19 infection and vaccinations, but there is another critical immune response that plays a role in COVID protection, and it lasts long after antibodies wane, potentially extending vaccine power. Since the early days of the pandemic,...