Evanston and nearby Kenosha County in Wisconsin moved into the high-risk COVID-19 category over the weekend, meaning cases and their strain on the healthcare system have risen to more dangerous levels.
Why it matters: Cook County — now at medium risk, with indoor masks recommended — is also moving closer to high risk.
If recent mask rulings have left you confused, you're not alone — policies on mask-wearing are literally changing by the hour.
Why it matters: Your chances of infection may be rising, but you probably won't get super sick.
Why it matters: Chicago's case rates are higher than Philly's, but local officials don't seem any closer to following suit.
We recently explained that Chicago and Illinois officials do not count positive COVID-19 cases if they are detected through home tests.
- This seemed odd given that the data could affect positivity rates, which help guide policy.
👋 Hey, it's Monica. You know, the one with COVID.
I get that you're probably tired of hearing about my maladies. But you know who I haven't been able to tell about my disease? Chicago health authorities.
👋 Hey, Monica here. I tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday after leaving the Midwest for the first time in two years.
- Instead of sensibly resting, I started calling pharmacies offering antiviral drugs through the federal Test to Treat program.
CPS announced last Friday that it now posts student COVID-19 vaccination rates online — including rates for individual schools.
Why it matters: School-level data — which had previously only been available through tedious public records requests — offers a window into the vast health inequities across the district.
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