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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has refused to set a date for lifting the city’s mask and vaccine requirements, despite “significant progress” amid the omicron push.

Meanwhile, the Cook County suburb plans to drop its indoor mask mandate by the end of the month, in line with Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s schedule.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

‘Not there yet’: Lightfoot refuses to specify when Chicago’s mask mandate will be lifted

Even as Illinois Governor JB Pritzker remains hopeful of lifting the state’s mask mandate by the end of February, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has refused to set a date for the rolling back restrictions on masks and vaccines, saying latest COVID-19 data still shows ‘danger’. panels.”

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Lightfoot said the city has made “significant progress” in its fight against COVID-19 and continues to slide down the backsliding of an increase in cases driven by the omicron variant.

In recent weeks, cases have declined by at least 50% week over week, she said. However, with an average number of 500 new COVID cases being reported daily, Lightfoot said “that’s not where we want to be.”

“…I don’t want to put an artificial date on when this is going to happen while we still see danger signs in the data,” the mayor said.

Cook County set to lift mask mandate as COVID cases decline

Suburban Cook County plans to rescind its indoor mask requirements if key COVID-19 parameters continue to improve through February, health officials say.

In a statement released on February 9, the Cook County Public Health Department announced that its vaccination and masking orders can be lifted in accordance with Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s schedule to end the requirements of mask as long as improvements occur.

Learn more here.

Heading to the United Center? Here are the COVID policies you need to know

Whether you’re planning on attending a Blackhawks game, cheering on the Bulls, or attending a concert at the United Center, several COVID-related procedures and precautions have been put in place.

To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, providing proof of vaccination and wearing a face covering are both required for those wishing to enter the venue.

Here’s what else you need to know about COVID policies and procedures.

Schools continue to struggle with masking decisions after judge’s decision

More than a week after the first ruling, districts continue to grapple with how to respond to a lower state judge’s temporary restraining order on mask mandates in Illinois schools, as a requirement remains in effect statewide.

The debate over whether or not to respect the state mandate or make masks optional has raised concerns on both sides, but the threat of protests has left some schools swinging at bay.

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Suburban Catholic school principal furloughed after making masks optional

Parents at a southern suburban Catholic school called for the principal’s reinstatement on Sunday after he was furloughed for making masks optional in defiance of Chicago Archdiocese policies.

Gathered outside the Queen of Martyrs Catholic School in Evergreen Park, parents and children rallied in support of Doc Mathius, who was removed from his post as headmaster last week.

Mathius announced that masks would be optional at his school, saying the mandates were starting to negatively affect children.

However, at the time, a mask requirement in schools remained in place by the Archdiocese.

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Here’s why mask mandates are falling in the US

As the omicron wave of the coronavirus wanes, several US states including Nevada, New York and Illinois this week ended mask mandates for indoor settings, while others lifted requirements in schools. .

Here’s a look at what happened with mask rules this week.

Where will you still need a face covering after Illinois’ mask mandate ends later this month?

Although Governor JB Pritzker plans to lift Illinois’ indoor mask mandate by the end of the month, some places will still require face coverings until further notice.

Where will be the exceptions to the rule?

Here’s what we know so far.

Archdiocese of Chicago moves to make masks optional in some schools

The Archdiocese of Chicago announced late Tuesday evening that masks will be optional in some school settings, citing low coronavirus cases in recent weeks.

In a letter to families Tuesday evening, the archdiocesan superintendent. Greg Richmond wrote that students will no longer be required to wear face coverings in schools located in areas where the local health department does not have a mask mandate.

In Lake County and most Cook County suburbs, the diocese wrote that masks will be optional starting Thursday. However, masks will still be required in classrooms in the City of Chicago, Oak Park and Evanston to align with local health departments.

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North West experts say mask lifting mandates ‘clearly not a data-driven decision’

As more schools across Illinois decide to lift classroom mask requirements following a state judge’s ruling, Northwestern experts said the removal of mandates face coverage “is clearly not a data-driven decision”.

Dr. Tina Tan, a professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, called the lifting of existing mask mandates “a bit premature.”

“Yeah, there are a lot of places that have overcome the omicron surge, but there are still places in the United States where the spike hasn’t happened yet,” Tan said.

Timing also plays a major role in removing masks inside schools, according to Mercedes Carnethon, vice president of preventive medicine at Feinberg.

“The timing is very bad because in Illinois it’s still very cold, so our kids are forced to spend most of their days indoors,” Carnethon said. “That would be one thing in the summer or late spring, when more can be done outdoors where transmission rates are lower.”

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What if you test positive for COVID after quarantine? Here’s what health officials say

If you test positive for COVID-19 after quarantine and you no longer have symptoms, do you still need to stay in isolation?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a person is encouraged, but not required, to take a coronavirus test after being quarantined for five days after diagnosis.

After five full days, a person can end the isolation period if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever medication and if other symptoms have improved, the CDC wrote online.

However, the CDC said the best approach would be to find an antigen test near the end of the five-day isolation period.

Learn more here.

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