COVID-19 rules fall in Illinois as contagious variants rise

A discarded surgical mask on the sidewalk in Lakeview. Photo Credit: Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Just like two highly contagious COVID-19 strains As case numbers in our region have taken over, state officials and at least one major promoter have opted to further relax mitigation rules.

Why it matters: BA.4 and BA.5 now account for more than 80% of COVID cases in our region. The burdens are greater contagiousleading some to warn against it outside broadcast. They can do better than that escape current vaccines and antibodies from a previous infection.

Driving the news: Governor JB Pritzker recently announced Relaxation of compulsory vaccination for students and employees of public universities.

Zoom in: Removed positivity and test stats from city stats Main Dashboard this week then, as Health Commissioner noted Allison Arwadythey only reflect tests conducted in public facilities, while “most people are currently using COVID tests at home”.

  • You can still find the data. You just need to delve deeper into the site.

💭 Justin’s thought bubble: It’s hard to understand why the city and state are easing the sparse COVID restrictions we have when it’s pretty clear the new variants are wreaking havoc.

  • Conclusion: You are on your own.

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