* Fox 32…
The United States health secretary, who oversees the FDA, CDC and much of the federal COVID response, tells FOX 32 local kids should be in school.
“Illinois, Chicago are getting better in the sense of cases case counts going down and test positivity going down,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
He says Illinois is moving in the right direction and has everything for kids to return to class.
“When you have cases, you need to do the contact tracing within the school and test around them in order to contain disease. We have all of those capacities. We can get back to school and do so safely,” Azar said. […]
Even as Illinois surpasses 5-million COVID tests, Pritzker says it is too soon to ease restrictions.
“The answer is the virus is still out there,” the governor said.
Based on Illinois Department of Health guidelines, the Springfield School District 186 board voted Monday to approve a set of metrics to determine a return to the hybrid/blended model. […]
The metrics include a Sangamon County positivity rate less than or equal to 5 percent; a case count less than or equal to 50 out of 100,000; a new youth case count less than or equal to 5 percent and a weekly case count increase less than or equal to 20 percent
The county would have to meet all four metrics for two consecutive weeks before students could return to the hybrid/blended model.