* If you click here and scroll down, you’ll see that the growth of COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions have started to slow a bit during the past week or so. The governor was asked today if he thought Illinois is nearing the peak of the current surge…
I’ve been asked this the last 48 hours as you can imagine, we all watch the numbers very closely. And when they start to flatten out, that’s always good news. Always good news.
The fact is that I think we’ve all lived through this long enough now to not jump the gun and say, oh, gosh, it’s flattened out, everything is so much better.
We’ve got to really see the curve heading downward. But I’m very hopeful of that.
But I would also encourage you to take a look at hospitalization numbers over the last week. They have been going up, though, a smaller number each day. And when I say hospitalizations, I want to be clear what I’m talking about: new people entering the hospital, because you can have people that have been in the hospital for some time leaving the hospital, that doesn’t tell you very much about where the disease is, how rampant it is. But new hospitalizations just recently started flattening, which is great. And again, I’m very hopeful, and I pray for it every day that we can head back down and fewer mitigations and everybody getting back to a more normal way of life.
But I do want to encourage anybody that’s not been vaccinated, now is the time to do it. This variant is more dangerous than any other that we’ve seen during the COVID 19 pandemic. […]
So, again, I’ll watch numbers like you will, you’ll ask me that question again soon, no doubt. And I hope we’ll be able to say, yeah, things are headed in the right direction.
* I’m not sure this will be a great campaign issue for the ILGOP, but go for it…
Republican gubernatorial candidate for Illinois Paul Schimpf joined this week’s 4 The Record. […]
Schimpf is running on something called a “parents bill of rights” when it comes to masks in schools and vaccines for kids.
He also argued recently that the requirement of vaccines for polio and the measles for kids is different from COVID-19 because there isn’t a serious risk for kids.
* I know Chicagoans who would be great and dedicated firefighters and paramedics but are on an ever-lasting waiting list for a job. Just sayin’…
The union that represents Chicago firefighters and paramedics has voiced its opposition to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate.
“I’m 100 percent opposed to the mandate; it should be a personal decision,” Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 President Jim Tracy told the Sun-Times on Monday.
Last week Lightfoot announced that all city workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 15.
“It’s the carrot and the stick, and it drives me crazy when you always use the stick,” said Tracy.
* Coronavirus vaccines work. But this statistical illusion makes people think they don’t.
* Council requires masks in most settings in Carbondale, vaccines for city workers
* Illinois church camp and conference led to 180 COVID-19 cases, likely fueled by the delta variant, CDC report says
* When COVID Deaths Are Dismissed Or Stigmatized, Grief Is Mixed With Shame And Anger
* DuPage County anticipating the need for mass COVID-19 vaccine sites again when booster shots become available
* 20 Chicago Businesses Cited During First Days of City’s Indoor Mask Mandate: Officials
* Arlington Heights school loses state recognition over masks
* Masks, nerves and trying to social distance: How the first day went in Chicago Public Schools
* Vaccine Refusers Don’t Get to Dictate Terms Anymore: People who opt out of shots shouldn’t expect their employers, health insurers, and fellow citizens to accommodate them.
* Steinberg: Americans were scared of polio vaccine too
* Florida withholds funds from two school districts requiring masks — despite court decision against state ban on mandates