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CDC Guidelines for Exposure, Vaccine Launch Anniversary – NBC Chicago

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Wednesday marks a year since the first coronavirus vaccines were given in Illinois and Chicago, but a lot has changed since then.

With COVID cases on the rise again in Chicago and Illinois, many are wondering what to do before the holidays and if they are exposed.

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

Suburban Cook County announces first confirmed case of Omicron variant

The first confirmed case of the omicron variant in suburban Cook County has been reported, health officials said on Wednesday.

The Cook County Public Health Department announced that the variant had been identified in one case on Tuesday, but did not specify in which suburb the variant was found. Officials are expected to hold a press conference to discuss the case on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

The case, the first known case of omicron in suburban Cook County, was reported in an asymptomatic person who had received at least two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, officials said.

Additional cases may soon be identified because “there are other cases that are currently being genotyped for omicron,” the department said.

Read more here.

Chicago, Illinois marks one year since first doses of COVID vaccine were administered

Wednesday marked a year since the first residents of Chicago and Illinois received their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

It was a scene that many remember very well.

In Chicago, five health workers sat in a room at Loretto Hospital, receiving the highly anticipated vaccine amid a wave of a pandemic just before the Christmas holidays. In Peoria, health workers received their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine as frontline workers took center stage in the vaccine rollout.

Images of trucks loaded with freezer packs of the COVID-19 vaccine flooded television screens as doses were distributed to hospitals across the country.

Here’s a look at what has changed since vaccinations began last year.

NOTE: NBC Chicago will host a live webcast of the Chicago Department of Health press conference starting at 11:30 am. Watch live here or in the player above.

After about a month since the first detection, here is what we know about the Omicron variant

After about a month since the omicron COVID-19 variant was detected in South Africa and two weeks since it was first registered in the United States, scientists and health officials have worked to combat the mutated virus with new information .

So what do we know about the new variant and its impact on Illinois?

Here’s a look at what we know so far.

CDC guidelines for COVID exposure: timeline, quarantine, period of contagion

What should you do if you or someone you have been in close contact with testing positive for the coronavirus? How long are you contagious, what are the quarantine guidelines, and when can you see people again?

Here’s a look at advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do if your test is positive or if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has.

Vaccination proof in restaurants? A look at what authorities are planning as COVID measures increase

As COVID measures continue to rise in Chicago and Illinois, what are authorities considering to help slow the spread?

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said that while the state is constantly evaluating its options, it already has “some of the toughest mitigation measures.”

“It’s wearing masks indoors,” he said at an unrelated event on Tuesday. “This is what the mitigation regimen needs to be vaccinated wear a mask on inside, you know, please socially stay away, especially if you don’t know the people you are with. I know people congregate this holiday season, just be extra careful. “

Pritzker, however, encouraged local authorities to implement more stringent mitigation measures as they see fit.

Read more here.

Home COVID Testing Accuracy and More: What to Know for Holiday Gatherings

As many prepare for the holiday gatherings, the demand for testing has increased, but for those who use home testing methods, how accurate are they and should you trust them?

There are a number of in-home options now and Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr Allison Arwady recently advised using them before holiday gatherings.

Here is what you need to know.

Chicago Travel Advisory climbs in 42 states as “country is booming again”: CRPD

Two more states were added to Chicago’s travel advisory on Tuesday, bringing the number of states on the city’s warning list to 42 states, plus the District of Columbia, as the Christmas holidays approach. .

California and Mississippi were all added to the notice this week, the city’s health department said, but no states were removed.

Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner Dr Allison Arwady said the rise in the number of states comes as “the country is booming again.”

As of Tuesday, all states or territories except Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas and of the Virgin Islands, are the subject of a travel advisory.

Read more here.

Chicago Considering ‘Different Strategies’ To Curb Rise In COVID Cases, Says Lightfoot

As COVID cases continue to rise in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said city officials are considering various strategies and potential mitigation measures to help curb the spread of the virus, but stressed any decision will be taken in a patient and methodical manner.

Lightfoot, speaking to media on Monday, said the city had not “landed on a particular strategy” to slow the spread of the virus, but that a variety of options were on the table.

“We’re looking at a number of different strategies that can help us deal with this latest wave, but we’re always doing it in partnership and communication with the individuals and businesses that are going to be affected,” she said. “We are not imposing anything unilaterally.”

Read more here.

Illinois COVID Indicators: Hospitalizations Up Nearly 40% Since Early December

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients in the state of Illinois have continued to rise rapidly in recent weeks, jumping nearly 40% since early December.

According to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are currently 3,513 patients hospitalized with COVID in the state of Illinois, the highest number of patients since mid-January.

Since December 1, the number of patients hospitalized in Illinois for COVID-19 has increased by about 38.5%, straining health systems and limiting the number of beds available for other diseases and emergency health crises.

The number of patients requiring intensive care beds has grown even faster. According to data from the IDPH, there are currently 748 COVID patients in intensive care beds across the state, which is a 48% increase from the 505 who were in intensive care on December 1.

Statewide, there are currently 375 ICU beds open, which is just 12% of the total number of ICU staffed beds in the state.

How long should you quarantine or isolate? What to know if you have COVID

As COVID cases continue to rise in Illinois, many are wondering what they should do if they end up with a positive test result or have been in contact with someone who has it. did.

How long should you isolate yourself? If you have had a home test, who do you report it to? When to call a doctor

Here’s a look at advice from authorities on what to do if your test is positive, or if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has.

Bulls’ next two games postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

The Chicago Bulls’ next two games have been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak within the team, NBC Sports Chicago has confirmed.

Tuesday’s home game (December 14) against the Detroit Pistons and Thursday’s road fight (December 16) against the Toronto Raptors will be postponed to a later date.

Details here.

The last chance to receive the first dose of vaccine at the Kane County mass vaccination site is this week

The Kane Vax Hub in the suburb of Batavia will close in early January 2022, the county health department said on Friday.

The last chance to receive an injection at the mass vaccination clinic will be on Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., health officials said.

A second-dose-only Pfizer clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, December 29 and Wednesday, January 5, both for people who have received their first vaccine.

In January, the Kane County Department of Health will offer vaccinations by appointment at the Aurora office, located at 1240 N. Highland Ave. Check availability on KaneVax.org.