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Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021

* Drudge…

That hospital has 15,000 employees, meaning the hospital achieved a 99 percent vax rate. That’s pretty darned great.

* Center Square headline

Poll shows a mistrust of mainstream media on vaccination information

Read the story, though, and you’ll see that the main source of mistrust is among unvaccinated people who are also parents. From the polling memo

● 75 percent of unvaccinated parents distrust mainstream media sources and get most of their information from social media. In contrast, 58 percent of vaccinated parents prefer to get most of their COVID-19 information from mainstream media.

● About half of American parents who are worried about catching or spreading the Delta variant blame social media for the spread of this variant.

● Two out of three of all parents agree that health misinformation is a problem in social media

* Hmm

The Police Department is no longer the least-compliant city agency when it comes to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate.

As of Monday, 89.37 percent of Police Department workers have reported their vaccination status, according to city data. The department had trailed in complying with the mandate for months, and one of its unions has fought the requirement in court, though its compliance rate has slowly ticked up.

Now, City Council staffers — employees who work with aldermen’s offices, though aldermen themselves are not required to report their status — have the lowest compliance rate. Just 84.27 percent of City Council workers — or 300 out of 356 workers — have reported their vaccination status.

* Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell press release

I am devastated to report the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the unexpected death of one of our own. Corrections Officer Camron “Cam” Passie, 25, passed away (died) earlier today (Sunday, December 5, 2021) from complications related to COVID-19. Officer Passie had been an employee of the Sheriff’s Office since Dec. 31, 2018. He last worked on Thursday, Dec. 2 when he was sent home after testing positive for the virus.

The jail was placed on outbreak status last week due to multiple detainees and employees testing positive for the virus.

* Meanwhile, Rep. Carroll got his headlines. Here are some of them along with the number of paragraphs you have to read through before finding out that federal law actually prohibits his legislation…

* Patch: Unvaccinated To Pay Out-Of-Pocket Under IL Rep’s New Bill (5)

* WGN: State representative files legislation that would force unvaccinated residents to pay for own COVID-19 bills (6)

* WCIA: Unvaccinated patients would pay their own hospital bills under new proposal (Last paragraph)

* Sun-Times: Proposal puts unvaccinated people on the hook for COVID-19 health care costs (11)

* Fox TV: Unvaccinated Illinois residents to pay own COVID-19 hospital bill, state lawmaker proposes (Federal prohibition not mentioned)

* WICS: Bill would make unvaccinated pay all their COVID-19 expenses (Federal prohibition not mentioned)

* NBC 5: Illinois State Rep. Introduces Bill Requiring Unvaccinated Residents to Pay For Their Own COVID Care (Federal prohibition not mentioned)

* ABC 7: Bill proposes unvaccinated Illinois COVID patients pay out of pocket for treatment (Federal prohibition not mentioned)

* Newsweek: Unvaccinated Illinoisans Would Pay COVID Hospital Bills Under New Proposals (Federal prohibition not mentioned)

* Only one outlet, WUIS, put the steak ahead of the sizzle…

* Unvaccinated COVID patients can’t be denied insurance coverage for hospitalizations as one Dem lawmaker wants, but employers, including Ill., have other options

- Posted by Rich Miller        

20 Comments
  1. - Winner winner chicken dinner - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 11:18 am:

    Now, City Council staffers — employees who work with aldermen’s offices, though aldermen themselves are not required to report their status

    I m sorry but don’t ask why its hard to get compliance we they powers to be continue with th ” rules for thee not for me” routine.


  2. - Very old soil - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 11:24 am:

    Also in Washington post. Article mentions federal law.
    They probably read Capitol fax.


  3. - DeeLay - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 11:30 am:

    The recent trend is not in our favor. How long until IDPH starts rolling restrictions back?


  4. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 11:33 am:

    “75 percent of unvaccinated parents distrust mainstream media sources and get most of their information from social media”

    There you go, right wingers and GOP. What you have sown America is reaping—many now willfully hurting themselves and others via years of propaganda, hate, fear and disinformation. People are downing farm animal medicine and household cleaning products instead of getting vaccinated.

    George Orwell couldn’t have written this stuff, but maybe Mike Judge could.


  5. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 11:37 am:

    DeeLay, there’s a mask mandate and widely available vaccines. Good treatments are on the way.


  6. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 11:44 am:

    ==How long until IDPH starts rolling restrictions back?==

    What sort of restrictions? If you are talking about capacity restrictions and the like then you are going to be waiting a long time. The days of capacity limits and business closures are over.


  7. - Club J - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 11:44 am:

    Hmmm
    Center Square writing a piece on mistrust of mainstream media. That sure does seem like a topic they really need to be tackling these days.


  8. - illinifan - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 11:46 am:

    Our media groups need to go back to journalism school. The purpose of a headline is to quickly and briefly draw attention to the story not be the story. The sad part is these media groups are writing for lazy readers who get their news from headlines rather than read the story to provide context on The Who, what why when, where and how. Thus an uninformed public expands along with the mistrust.


  9. - Bruce( no not him) - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 11:49 am:

    I’ve really been shocked how bad some media has become during the pandemic.
    Blaring headlines about less than 1% of workers being fired.
    Headlines of a bill that can’t do anything, because the feds won’t allow it.
    It’s no wonder that some folks become convinced that they are right, and the vast majority is wrong.
    If they just read the headlines, they don’t realize how out of sync they are with the truth.


  10. - Nefarious Veneer - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 12:03 pm:

    Bruce (no not him),
    This is what happens when depopulated newsrooms become fixated on clicks.


  11. - Jocko - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 12:42 pm:

    ==75 percent of unvaccinated parents distrust mainstream media sources==

    Trump and Zuckerberg must be proud.


  12. - Dotnonymous - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 12:49 pm:

    Social media has turned malignant.


  13. - skutt - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 12:53 pm:

    ==How long until IDPH starts rolling restrictions back?==

    Probably never (other than continuing to require masks for awhile long). There are vaccines now and the political will has long since left the building. However, Chicago is starting to make some noises about potentially requirement proof of vaccination in certain places. So that might happen, but other than that, I don’t foresee any major changes in our mitigation approach.


  14. - thoughts matter - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 12:59 pm:

    The corrections officer was 25. At work, sent home as tested positive. Dead 3 days later. In central Illinois. What is it going to take to get people to understand you have no control over your reaction to the virus? Your control is limited to trying to prevent it with vaccination, masks and social distancing- when you can.


  15. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 1:24 pm:

    =What is it going to take…=

    Trump being reinstated as president, JFK Jr. rising and then becoming VP and then both of them going door to door and ordering people to get vaccinated and mask.

    Plus something else I am sure.


  16. - Smalls - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 2:11 pm:

    Whether vaccines and treatments are available or not, the purpose of previous restrictions was to reduce the impact on the hospitals. We currently have 10 of 11 regions below the previously identified threshold of less than 20% of ICU beds available. Statewide, we are at 13% of ICU beds available, and it is rapidly deteriorating. Guess we just have to wait for the stories of heart attack and stroke victims dying due to no beds available.


  17. - Jibba - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 2:27 pm:

    ===Two out of three of all parents agree that health misinformation is a problem===

    If only those two people could agree on which part is misinformation…


  18. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 2:39 pm:

    ==previous restrictions==

    It isn’t going to happen. Period. Get your vaccine and wear a mask. If you’re looking for lockdowns again then you’ll be looking for a long time.


  19. - Dotnonymous - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 3:01 pm:

    ‘Round and ’round we go…where?


  20. - Bruce( no not him) - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 3:20 pm:

    ===If only those two people could agree on which part is misinformation…===
    And there lies the problem, doesn’t it?


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