Chicago has updated its travel advisory guidelines, changing the recommendations for some travelers, as nearly all states in the United States are now under a warning level.
Plus, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on an outbreak in Illinois this summer.
Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:
New studies shed light on Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines
Belgian researchers directly compared the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines by testing the antibodies of 2,500 health workers after two doses of the two vaccines.
The study found that the Moderna vaccine produced more than double the antibodies compared to Pfizer, but doctors urged caution.
“The level of the antibody itself is interesting, but it doesn’t necessarily lead to a significant difference in how the vaccine works,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health.
Chicago tracks breakthrough vaccine infections, but Arwady said they haven’t found a substantial pattern.
Read more here.
CDC: 180 COVID-19 cases linked to Illinois church camp, men’s retreat
The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the results of an investigation into an outbreak of COVID-19 cases that occurred following a church camp in a night and a two-day men’s conference, both hosted by the same organization earlier this summer.
According to the results, a total of 180 cases of the coronavirus were ultimately linked to the events, including 122 that occurred among the participants.
Neither event required COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results before attendees arrived, and neither event encouraged attendees to wear masks in indoor spaces, according to the report. report.
Read more here.
Arwady advises parents of unvaccinated children to avoid travel on Labor Day weekend
As Chicago changes its recommendations for unvaccinated travelers as part of its travel advisory, what should parents do if they have unvaccinated children?
Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner Dr Allison Arwady said the decision would ultimately be left to parents and schools, but urged those with unvaccinated children to avoid travel during the long weekends. end of Labor Day.
“It’s a higher risk,” she said. “I wouldn’t recommend traveling, would I, if you have unvaccinated children, and especially younger children. And the whole country is doing very badly from a COVID standpoint right now so… I can tell you my own sister, you know they have three young children who are too young to be vaccinated. they were hoping to go to michigan for labor day, they are not going in the context where it is now of an orange state and their children can’t be vaccinated. I know it’s hard for people but we just try to avoid infection and I think especially when we are back to school , the bar is a little higher to try to think of limiting this risk as much as possible. “
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Nearly 100 people quarantined after COVID “outbreak” reported to Sycamore School, Supt. Said
Nearly 100 students are in quarantine after at least 17 tested positive for the coronavirus in a suburban school district, officials said.
According to Sycamore Community School District 427, 97 students were in quarantine on Friday, 54 of whom had close contact with a positive case.
The district, which has about 3,480 students in total, reported 17 positive cases at that time.
“A large part of these quarantines were due to what the local authorities [health department] identified as an “epidemic” in our college, “Superintendent Steve Wilder told NBC 5 in an emailed statement.
There are currently no positive or quarantine cases reported among staff, according to the district’s COVID dashboard.
Read more here.
Chicago updates travel advisory recommendations for unvaccinated travelers
Chicago updated its travel advisory recommendations for unvaccinated travelers on Tuesday, adding additional testing guidelines for those traveling to or coming from high-risk locations.
Citing advice from the U.S. Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention, the Chicago Department of Public Health said it now recommends additional testing for unvaccinated people.
The latest directives arrive just before the Labor Day long weekend.
Here’s a look at the updated recommendations.
All US States Except One Now On Chicago Travel Advisory, Top Doctor Announces
Almost all states in the United States except one are now part of the Chicago travel advisory, the city’s top doctor said Tuesday, adding changes to the policy for travelers visiting places “in the city”. high risk ”.
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr Allison Arwady said every state except Vermont is now on the city’s list recommending unvaccinated travelers test negative for COVID-19 or about forty upon arrival.
“So unfortunately COVID is spreading all over the United States,” Arwady said. “The average is currently 39 cases per 100,000 per day. We are doing much better than that here in Chicago, but nevertheless the news does not remain good from a COVID standpoint nationally.”
Read more here.
Chicago companies named for mask warrant, city says
Chicago has enforced its indoor mask mandate and a number of companies have been cited in recent days for not complying, the city said.
According to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightftoot’s office, the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs (BACP) issued 16 “correction notices” and 20 citations to businesses from Aug. 20-29.
The city’s new indoor mask mandate went into effect on August 20. A similar statewide mandate began on Monday.
“As cases continue to rise in Chicago, BACP is putting all businesses on high alert and letting them know that we will strictly enforce the City of Chicago’s mask mandate,” the mayor’s office said in a statement. communicated.
Evidence, tests, religious exemptions: what you need to know about COVID vaccination warrants
With Illinois and Chicago making COVID vaccines mandatory for certain groups, what are the requirements and what do you need to know?
Here’s a look at what we know so far.