CHICAGO – The City of Chicago is making changes to its list of high-risk states as new numbers show COVID-19 cases are trending wrongly in Illinois and across the Midwest.
Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, extended the city’s travel advisory to 38 states in the US on Tuesday but the city’s top doctor stressed the urgency of vaccinations. .
“The Midwest is seeing the highest average daily rate of COVID cases in the United States. All Midwestern states continue to increase, including Illinois,” said Arwady. “Michigan and Minnesota currently have the highest rates of COVID cases per population in the country.”
Arwady says that if a child or adult gets their first dose on Saturday, they can be fully vaccinated by Christmas.
Currently, there are an average of 445 new cases per day and the infection rate is 2.5%, up from 2% last week. There are 235 people currently hospitalized and 60 people in the ICU.
“As the number of communities increased for COVID, we saw the same numbers increase in every setting. At Chicago Public Schools, we’ve seen a 30% increase in COVID cases since the end of October,” said Arwady.
Arwady said the highest case rate in Chicago today is among unvaccinated 12-17 year olds, where the risk of infection is 10 times higher than among vaccinated adolescents. Dr Arwady stressed that the breakthrough Covid cases and hospitalizations were mainly among people 60 years of age and older with underlying medical conditions, many of them cancer patients.
Last Friday, the Chicago Public Schools closed for Immunization Awareness Day so students could get vaccinated. The new CPS CEO, Pedro Martinez, praised the turnout.
“We are delighted that on [Nov. 12.] we had almost 6,700 students vaccinated. Over 5,800 5-11 year olds when you count on Sunday, 13,000 CPS students have been immunized. “
CPS says it plans to host more than 100 vaccination events by the end of the year.
Health officials say there is still a major push to immunize communities of color in all age groups.
In Chicago, 51% of eligible Black residents received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared with 61% of Latinos, 68% of white Chicagoans, and 72% of Asians.
Horace Smith / Lurie Children’s Hospital said: “To all my brothers and sisters, I beg you, beg you to protect our children, our adults, our communities.
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