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Monday, Aug 3, 2020

* New York Times

It has been a comforting refrain in the national conversation about reopening schools: Young children are mostly spared by the coronavirus and don’t seem to spread it to others, at least not very often.

But Thursday, a study [led by the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago] introduced an unwelcome wrinkle into this smooth narrative.

Infected children have at least as much of the coronavirus in their noses and throats as infected adults, according to the research. Indeed, children younger than age 5 may host up to 100 times as much of the virus in the upper respiratory tract as adults, the authors found.

That measurement does not necessarily prove that children are passing the virus to others. Still, the findings should influence the debate over reopening schools, several experts said.

* Tribune

Some suburban and rural leaders got their wish when their counties were separated from Chicago’s for purposes of monitoring the coronavirus. But now officials warn that many collar counties are seeing higher rates of positive tests than the city, which could prompt tighter restrictions.

In a region where nursing homes once accounted for the majority of cases, health officials say now large gatherings of young people without proper precautions are sparking outbreaks. Positivity rates have been rising in the counties surrounding Chicago, prompting Gov. J.B. Pritzker to ask local officials to start tightening the leash on COVID-19 restrictions. […]

Officials from DuPage County called for freedom from those restrictions, saying they shouldn’t be lumped together with the high caseload in Chicago. Sheriffs from Kane and Kendall counties declared that they wouldn’t enforce the governor’s orders. […]

While Chicago had a positivity rate of 4.5% as of July 25, Lake County’s rate stood at 5%, suburban Cook and McHenry each were at 5.4%, DuPage 4%, Kane 5.8%, Will 5.9% and Kendall ― the highest in the area ― was at 6.8%.

* NY Times

More than a century ago, as the 1918 influenza pandemic raged in the United States, masks of gauze and cheesecloth became the facial front lines in the battle against the virus. But as they have now, the masks also stoked political division. Then, as now, medical authorities urged the wearing of masks to help slow the spread of disease. And then, as now, some people resisted.

In 1918 and 1919, as bars, saloons, restaurants, theaters and schools were closed, masks became a scapegoat, a symbol of government overreach, inspiring protests, petitions and defiant bare-face gatherings. All the while, thousands of Americans were dying in a deadly pandemic.

* Derek Barichello

Forty-seven new COVID-19 cases were confirmed Monday in La Salle County — the highest single-day total since the beginning of the pandemic.

Additionally, the health department confirmed a man in his 80s and a woman in her 80s died from complications related to COVID-19, increasing the number of deaths related to COVID-19 in La Salle County to 20.

The new cases are two boys younger than 13, a teenager, a man in his 20s, eight women in their 20s, two men in their 30s, a woman in her 30s, two men in their 40s, three women in their 40s, three men in their 50s, five women in their 50s, two men in their 60s, two women in their 60s, a man in his 70s, two men in their 80s, eight women in their 80s, two men in their 90s and two women in their 90s.

* For good measure, they also drove a Confederate battle flag around the track…


* Chicago Tribune live blog

A Chicago farmers market kicks out a vendor alleging COVID-19 safety violations

CTU president says Mayor Lori Lightfoot ‘doesn’t have the guts to close the schools’

Chicago Public Schools parent: ‘My kids are not an experiment’

University of Illinois plans twice-weekly COVID-19 testing for students, faculty who have in-person classes

Naperville-area school districts reverse course, will have students do remote learning through October

* Sun-Times live blog

Big Star restaurant closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19

South Siders revel in Jeremiah Collier’s ‘uplifting’ porch session music jams

Teachers, activists rally to keep CPS schools closed during COVID-19 pandemic

We continue to fail to protect the elderly in nursing homes and their caretakers from COVID-19

*** UPDATE *** DeVore goes fishing for more clients…


I need a parent with kids in each school district within each of these counties who is dissatisfied with their district following the face mask mandate to message me please.

Just these counties for now please

Posted by Thomas DeVore on Sunday, August 2, 2020

- Posted by Rich Miller        

38 Comments
  1. - Hard D - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:09 pm:

    Taste of Orland Park ran for 3 days had approximately 4000 people attended and hardly anyone wore a mask. The Mayor himself gave every interview refusing to wear a mask and insisted that no trustees wear one either. He also lied in his interview with NBC Channel 5 and said Covid numbers in Orland Park are down when in fact the states data base reflects a 40% jump in one month. Won’t be long before Orland is a Cook County hot spot


  2. - Former Downstater - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:11 pm:

    Something called the “White Trash Bash” was held this weekend in East Peoria. Plenty of Trump and Confederate flags flying as they celebrated their freedoms. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8586873/Up-500-revelers-200-boats-gather-annual-White-Trash-Bash-Illinois-River.html


  3. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:20 pm:

    What kind of person refers to him/herself as white trash?
    Low self esteem much?


  4. - Don't Bloc Me In - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:31 pm:

    I’m sure Devore’s latest message is another altruistic effort to get the General Assembly to meet./s

    Meanwhile, Effingham Co. just barely missed being one of the warning counties last week, and is giving it another run this week.


  5. - Birds on the Bat - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:38 pm:

    Saw twitter post by a state rep at youth baseball game this weekend. Kids and coach in picture were without masks.


  6. - 1st Ward - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:40 pm:

    Add suburban high schools going to Indiana for private proms….

    https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/suburban-health-officials-say-multiple-attendees-of-private-prom-held-in-indiana-tested-positive-for-coronavirus/2314740/


  7. - Candy Dogood - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:40 pm:

    ===- Former Downstater - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:11 pm:===

    The statement from local law enforcement about how they just want everyone to get home safe clearly demonstrates the complete lack of understanding of a viral pandemic as by failing to enforce masks, enforce social distancing, or to break up the gathering in general that they have allowed potentially hundreds of people to get home infected with a deadly virus.

    As a society we really need to do our best to make sure that people like him be held accountable to their willful ignorance and failure to act on behalf of our communities.


  8. - Lynn S. - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:41 pm:

    6.8% in Kendall County. Willie, you doing ok out there?

    And how does DeVore fishing for clients like that not violate some sort of ARDC rule, policy, or regulation?


  9. - Club J - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:42 pm:

    *** Something called the “White Trash Bash”***
    I was reading about this event over the weekend and telling my wife and her exact words were who calls themselves “White Trash”. I was surprised it was in East Peoria on boats. I figured it was a party bus type event. I was well attended from the article and pictures.

    We are living in strange times.


  10. - Mama - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:42 pm:

    How does taking the college kids/teachers temperatures twice a week keep the schools C-virus free? They need to take the temp of everyone who wants to enter the schools - - such as parents, contractors, vendors, auditors, etc.. However, I’m not sure how that would work since some people who have the C-virus have no symptoms. Is there another simple way to check the masses for the C-virus?


  11. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:44 pm:

    === 6.8% in Kendall County===

    Doing the best I can.

    There are hot spots that worry me more, if that’s possible, but yeah, thanks, #WearTheMask


  12. - Lynn S. - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:45 pm:

    LaSalle County population almost 109,000.

    47 Covid-19 cases in one day.

    That ratio is starting to get a little scary.


  13. - Holding Back - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 2:55 pm:

    Mind you, He is fishing in the 4th circuit of Illinois.


  14. - zatoichi - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 3:00 pm:

    “We tried to do everything correctly for CDC guidelines and Indiana state guidelines,” but they had to drive to Indiana cause this would not work in Illinois. Indiana, the first schools to reopen, the first in have COVID in the first days. That works.


  15. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 3:10 pm:

    Can DeVore manage to sit still when an ambulance races past? Barratry at it’s finest


  16. - Birds on the Bat - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 3:12 pm:

    What kind of person refers to him/herself as white trash?

    What kind of person cares how someone refers to him/herself?


  17. - Daily - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 3:24 pm:

    *What kind of person refers to him/herself as white trash?*

    its called self-deprecating humor and humility.


  18. - Pundent - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 3:31 pm:

    What does a parent get for messaging DeVore, beyond ridicule?


  19. - ArchPundit - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 3:50 pm:

    ===There are hot spots that worry me more, if that’s possible, but yeah, thanks, #WearTheMask

    A couple weeks ago I drove by the Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville and it was packed.


  20. - Mama - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 3:54 pm:

    Will the kid’s parents be fined when their kids don’t wear a mask at school? What happens when a parent cannot afford to buy their kids mask to wear to school, etc.?


  21. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 3:56 pm:

    -How does taking the college kids/teachers temperatures twice a week keep the schools C-virus free?-

    It’s not just “taking temperatures.” UIUC has an actual COVID saliva test they developed.


  22. - Mr. Green Genes - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 3:57 pm:

    == its called self-deprecating humor and humility.==
    More like self flagellation and begging for compliments.
    “Don’t be so humble, you are not that great,” late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir.


  23. - Cubs in '16 - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 4:16 pm:

    ===What happens when a parent cannot afford to buy their kids mask to wear to school, etc.?===

    Masks are being provided by the schools.


  24. - Yep - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 4:24 pm:

    So 2000 at a race event is bad and 2000 at an equestrian event the governor attended was good?
    Yep


  25. - M - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 4:32 pm:

    Where was the Equestrian Event held?


  26. - Mama - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 4:36 pm:

    == UIUC has an actual COVID saliva test they developed==

    Does UIUC have enough test for every school in IL to test twice a week? Does UIUC have a lab that will process the test?


  27. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 4:48 pm:

    -Does UIUC have enough test for every school in IL to test twice a week? Does UIUC have a lab that will process the test?-

    1. No just UIUC. Other schools are not their responsibility. They can’t distribute the test for others to use without FDA approval which is pending. 2. They have facilities to test their own samples which they say will take 5 hours but up to 48.


  28. - 44th - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 4:57 pm:

    NY Times article well worth reading. San Fran health official beat someone with a roll of silver dollars for not wearing mask… Fines and jail for non mask wearing. Sounded like serious enforcement.


  29. - Lynn S. - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 5:00 pm:

    @Mama,

    You forgot: does UIUC have FDA approval to use their test off their campus?

    (Answer for everyone: not yet. And their test has not been run at large scale yet, so we don’t have great evidence regarding false positives/false negative rate.)


  30. - Fly like an eagle - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 5:37 pm:

    Beat with a roll of silver dollars? Do people walk around with rolls of silver dollars? Do banks still have them? I guess it’s hard to beat someone with a Zelle account.
    Sounds like something Grandpa Simpson would do. “So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em.”


  31. - JoanP - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 6:00 pm:

    @Lynne S -

    Sadly, Devore’s solicitation does not run afoul of the Code of Professional Responsibility.

    See: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VIII/default_NEW.asp Rules 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3


  32. - Chatham Resident - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 6:49 pm:

    The Governor is again warning about big budget cuts to the current FY21 budget if Congress doesn’t approve federal aid to the states in the next COVID-19 relief bill. He stated this again in today’s press conference:

    https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20200803/without-federal-relief-state-faces-big-budget-cuts-pritzker-warns


  33. - Huh? - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 7:22 pm:

    In an email from my brother:

    I heard scientists have discovered an inexpensive method of preventing Covid-19. Luckily this does not require any prescriptions and expensive appointments from members in the medical establishment, or chemicals promoted by BigPharma. If you are interested in taking advantage of this particular method of prevention, it is called “wearyerdamnmask.” Wearyerdamnmask is truly an inexpensive way of prevention, and when combined with additional precautions such as “keepawayfromme” and “washyerhands” can significantly reduce the spread of Covid-19, and several other contagious diseases. There are side effects of wearyeradamnmask, which include mild inconvenience, possible victim complex, and being ostracized by any anti-vax plandemic groups, the benefits of reducing the spread certainly do outweigh the risks.


  34. - Vote Quimby - Monday, Aug 3, 20 @ 7:45 pm:

    Appreciate the GrandpaSimpson reference…. consarn it


  35. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Aug 4, 20 @ 5:35 am:

    === What kind of person cares how someone refers to him/herself?===
    Curious persons
    Isn’t curiosity allowed in your religion? “Oh no. I have a curious thought. I want to know about something. Must take a cold shower.”


  36. - Birds on the Bat - Tuesday, Aug 4, 20 @ 8:31 am:

    Curious persons

    Right. Curious people also assess a person’s self esteem without knowing them?


  37. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Aug 4, 20 @ 10:02 am:

    A group of people disparaging themselves, then making a public display about it, so others will disparage them too, seems a pretty reasonable guess all is not well upstairs. What other explanation could there be?


  38. - Fly like an eagle - Tuesday, Aug 4, 20 @ 10:22 am:

    ==What other explanation could there be?==
    I can think of one. They could have lost a bet, a double dog dare you type of bet where the losers humiliate themselves.


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