University of Illinois to require COVID vaccine for students – NBC Chicago

The University of Illinois will require students to receive the COVID vaccine in order to resume in-person teaching this fall.

And a new vaccine lottery in Illinois will offer a total of $ 10 million in total prize money to residents who get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

University of Illinois to require COVID vaccine for students at 3 campuses this fall

Students from all three University of Illinois campuses will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when they return in person for the fall semester, the university president said in a wide email on Monday. of the system.

The move is in line with the recommendations of the American College Health Association and follows vaccination mandates introduced at other higher education institutions in Illinois, including DePaul University, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

The Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses will each institute safety measures and separately unveil vaccination guidelines later this summer.

Those who are not vaccinated will be required to follow university guidelines and established exemption protocols, University of Illinois system president Timothy Killeen explained in the email to students, faculty and staff.

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Coronavirus in Illinois: 928 new cases of COVID, 65 deaths, 211,000 vaccinations

Illinois health officials on Friday reported 928 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus since Monday, as well as 65 additional deaths and more than 211,000 new doses of vaccine administered.

A total of 1,388,688 coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since the start of the pandemic. The additional deaths reported this week bring the state to 23,133 confirmed deaths from COVID.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate on all tests has now fallen to 0.6%, while the seven-day positivity rate on individuals tested stands at 0.8%.

In the past five days, a total of 211,440 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to residents of the state. That brings the state average to 42,153 daily doses of immunization over the past seven days, according to data from the IDPH.

State officials say 53% of the state’s adult residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with nearly 70% receiving at least one dose.

As of midnight, 492 patients are currently hospitalized due to COVID in the state. Of these patients, 123 are in intensive care units and 69 are on ventilators.

Illinois Offers $ 10 Million Lottery To Residents Who Get COVID Vaccines

A new vaccine lottery in Illinois will offer a total of $ 10 million in prizes to residents who get vaccinated against COVID-19, Governor JB Pritzker announced Thursday.

The “Everything for the victory“The lottery will distribute the $ 10 million in the form of $ 7 million in cash prizes for adults and $ 3 million in scholarships for young people, all distributed through weekly raffles,” Pritzker said.

The Illinois Lottery will raffle names every week starting July 8, Pritzker said. Cash prizes will range from $ 100,000 to $ 1 million, he said, while kids can win a Bright Start college savings plan worth $ 150,000 each.

Anyone who receives at least one dose of the vaccine in Illinois is eligible to win, Pritzker said, noting that there is “no registration, no form, no wait,” and anyone who receives their first dose by July 1 will be eligible for the first draw on July 8 and all draws thereafter.

“You have already done your part, and this is a way of thanking yourself,” Pritzker said. “It’s also our way of telling those who haven’t yet been vaccinated: join us. Vaccines are incredibly effective. And they protect you, but they also make your community safer.”

What Pritzker says worries him about the COVID Delta variant

As federal health officials issue new warnings about the delta variant of the coronavirus, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has revealed what worries him most about the new strain: that children under the age of 12 cannot yet be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“What worries me is that we do not yet have a vaccine for children under 12, and the delta variant appears to have been predominant in unvaccinated people,” Pritzker said when asked. asked about the variant in another. press conference.

“And so these kids are what I’m focusing on,” he continued, adding, “25% of the cases I’ve read now, new cases of COVID, are from this age group, less than 12 years old, and so we are monitoring this closely. But so far anyway, it appears that the available vaccines are resistant to the delta variant. “

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Chicago To-Go’s “New and Reinvented” Taste Returns in July

July 7 to July 11 Taste of Chicago on-the-go returns with free food, music and dance events across town, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced.

The weeklong event will feature nearly 40 participating restaurants, cooking demonstrations, “Community Eats” meals serving local nonprofits and pop-up music performances at participating restaurants across town. , featuring artists from the Chicago Band Roster, according to the release.

COVID Vaccines Arrive at ‘L’ Stops Across Chicago, City Says

COVID-19 vaccination sites are expected to start appearing on Chicago public buses and “L” stops to make vaccines fairer in all areas of the city, health officials said Thursday.

From 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Mondays, vaccines will be available at the following “L” stops:

  • 95th Station / Dan Ryan: Red Line
  • Belmont station: Blue Line
  • Station 35e / Archer: Orange line
  • Station 63e / Ashland: Green line
  • Kedzie station: Rose Line

From 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays, the vaccine will be available at the following “L” stops:

  • 95th Station / Dan Ryan: Red Line
  • Belmont station: Blue Line
  • Station 35e / Archer: Orange line
  • Station 63e / Ashland: Green line
  • Kedzie station: Rose Line

Chicago Bears to allow 100% capacity for fans at 2021 Home Games

Just days after the state of Illinois entered the final stages of its coronavirus reopening plan, the Chicago Bears announced on Wednesday that they would allow 100% capacity for home games at Soldier Field. this autumn.

The Bears confirmed the news in a letter to season ticket holders, saying they appreciated fans’ patience over the past 15 months.

“We are grateful and touched by the unwavering passion you have shared with us,” said team president Ted Phillips. “Once again, it’s time to enjoy Bears football in person!

The Bears did not have fans in the stands for any of their games during the 2020 season.

No status on Chicago move order for second consecutive update

For the second time in a row since the Chicago Emergency Travel Order went into effect in July, no state on the list requires quarantine or negative testing for people coming to the city who are not. vaccinated against COVID-19.

All US states and territories remain in the “yellow” level of the travel order on Tuesday, with fewer than 15 new cases per 100,000 population per day, the Chicago Department of Public Health said.

Any state above that case rate would fall into the “amber” level that requires a 10-day quarantine or negative test no earlier than 72 hours before arriving in Chicago for those who are not fully vaccinated.

As of Tuesday, no state in the Midwest was exceeding 4.8 cases per day per 100,000 population, the CDPH said, releasing the following data showing how each state’s case rate has declined over the past two weeks:

state Cases per 100,000 of 6/1/2021 Cases per 100,000 of 06/15/2021
Indiana 7.9 4.8
Michigan 7.9 2.6
Illinois 7.3 2.7
Wisconsin 4.3 1.8
Iowa 3.7 2.5

Chicago officials also noted that the city’s daily case rate fell “dramatically” from 14.9 to 2.8 between May 7 and Tuesday.

More evidence suggests COVID-19 was in Illinois by Christmas 2019

New analysis of blood samples from 24,000 Americans taken early last year is the latest and largest study to suggest the novel coronavirus emerged in the United States in December 2019 – weeks before cases did are recognized for the first time by health authorities.

The study, published online Tuesday by the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, is carried out by a team including researchers from the National Institutes of Health. They analyzed blood samples from more than 24,000 people across the country, collected in the first three months of 2020 as part of a long-term study called “All Of Us” which seeks to track 1 million ‘Americans over the years to study. health.

The researchers looked for antibodies in the blood that are considered evidence of a coronavirus infection and can be detected as early as two weeks after a person’s first infection.

Researchers say seven of the nine study participants – three from Illinois and one each from Massachusetts, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – were infected earlier than any case of COVID-19 has was originally reported in these states.

One of the Illinois cases was infected as early as Christmas Eve, said Keri Althoff, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and lead author of the study.

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