The peak that the mayor and public health commissioner have been talking about over the past week is now getting worse and may dash hopes of easing restrictions as the weather improves.
Officials say that the rising trend of COVID cases is driven by young people in the north and northwest sides of the city, which is causing more and more attention.
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot (Lori Lightfoot) said: “As of now, we have more than 400 cases, nearly 500 cases, which is a huge leap from the number we had three weeks ago.”
But as the weather improves, more and more people are tired of COVID restrictions, leading to dangerous behaviors such as bar crawls. The mayor issued a warning on Wednesday that new COVID cases are on the rise.
Lightfoot said: “This is worrying, and it clearly shows that we must act cautiously when opening up.” “Unless we see these numbers stabilize and start to decline, we won’t see more important things in terms of reopening. “
Lightfoot said she is happy to open two new mass vaccination clinics on the south side of Chicago State University and the north side near Wrigley Field.
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On Monday, New York City opened the eligibility to enter Phase 1C, including the remaining basic workers, accounting for 84% of Chicago residents.
Although Johnson & Johnson vaccine deliveries are expected to more than double next week, Chicago will not join the state on April 12, making everyone 16 years of age and older eligible to receive the vaccine.
Lightfoot said: “In essence, I don’t want to do something that we can’t achieve because we don’t have enough vaccines.” “We need more vaccines.”
Governor JB Pritzker made it clear that he disagreed with the city’s decision not to comply with the state’s guidelines on vaccine eligibility.
Governor JB Pritzker said: “I’m honest, to be honest with you, the City of Chicago seems to want to postpone it until after April 12.” “We should do everything we can and do everything we can.”
The mayor did say that, by coincidence, there will be a new largest vaccination site on the north side. In this case, the most recent peak of cases has been concentrated at that site. Now they are concentrating on how to run these two new sites at the same time.
The Cook County suburb plan follows the state government’s April 12 guidelines. The county has now moved to stage 1C, expanding to all remaining basic workers.
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