Here’s the latest news on how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois.
COVID-19 cluster developing at CPS school, forcing 8 into quarantine in 1st week back, officials say
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times
A preschool student gets his temperature checked as he walks into Dawes Elementary School in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Monday was the first day of optional in-person learning for preschoolers and some special education students in Chicago Public Schools after going remote last March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A cluster of COVID-19 cases at an Uptown elementary school has forced eight people, including the principal and assistant principal, into quarantine during the first week that students are back in classrooms since March, Chicago Public Schools officials said Wednesday.
A second staff member at McCutcheon Elementary has tested positive for the coronavirus after a colleague tested positive Friday, the district said. The school’s two cases were confirmed well within a 14-day period and “could potentially be related,” meeting the criteria for a cluster, officials said.
A CPS spokeswoman said in a statement that while the district “cannot rule out the possibility that these cases were acquired in the community, outside of school,” officials also “cannot rule out the possibility of in-school transmission.” That acknowledgment is notable because this appears to be the first case district-wide that CPS representatives are suggesting may have been transmitted in a school.
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9:46 a.m. New $150 million state fund to address health care disparities: ‘It’s literally going to save lives’
A pair of coalitions of hospital, community and church leaders hope to tap tens of millions of dollars in just-approved state money to fund initiatives aimed at addressing health care inequities like those that have long plagued the South and West sides.
A measure passed by the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday provides $150 million in state Medicaid money for each of the next seven years to fund new innovative community initiatives that aim to improve health and medical care in the most needy areas of the state, including large parts of Chicago’s Black and Latino neighborhoods that have also been hit hard by COVID-19.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services will review applications in coming months, and at least two coalitions from Chicago are already well along with plans for hiring doctors, community health care workers, upgrading medical record technology and a number of other actions.
“It’s literally going to save lives,” said the Rev. Julian DeShazier, senior pastor at University Church in Hyde Park and an advocate of the South Side project. “We’re grateful for the money. Now we have to go get it for the South Side.”
Read the full story from Brett Chase here.
Illinois’ COVID-19 infection rate fell for a fifth consecutive day with officials reporting 5,862 new cases of the disease and 97 more deaths attributed to it.
As of Sunday night, 3,540 people were being treated in hospitals in Illinois for the coronavirus. Of …read more
Source:: Chicago Sun Times
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