* 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.
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