* It’s only a one-day movement, but hospitalizations actually dropped by 2 since yesterday after more than doubling in the past four weeks. ICU admissions increased very slightly and ventilator usage dropped a bit. Positivity rates are still climbing, however. And for the second day in a row, IDPH is reporting more than 100 deaths per day. IDPH…
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 201,428 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including an increase of 444 deaths since December 31, 2021.
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 2,382,437 cases, including 28,361 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Since December 31, 2021, laboratories have reported 1,322,127 specimens for a total of 45,992,122. As of last night, 7,096 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,123 patients were in the ICU and 639 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from December 31, 2021 – January 6, 2022 is 15.2%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from December 31, 2021 – January 6, 2022 is 18.5%.
A total of 19,535,937 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 42,098 doses. Since December 31, 2021, 294,687 doses were reported administered in Illinois. Of Illinois’ total population, 73% has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 64% of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated, and 40% boosted according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
All data are provisional and will change. Additional information and COVID-19 data can be found at https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19.html.
Vaccination is the key to ending this pandemic. To find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you, go to www.vaccines.gov.
* On to the news roundup. I posted this Bloomberg story earlier today…
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has asked the Biden administration for Covid-19 tests to help resolve the latest dispute between Chicago Public Schools and its teachers union, a disagreement that’s led to the cancellation of classes for three straight days.
I followed up with the governor’s office about what all he said to the reporter and was told that Pritzker mentioned the things they’d offered CPS and what he’d asked the White House to do for the school district.
I then asked what state help Pritzker had directly offered CPS. I was told the state had offered SHIELD tests, vaccination clinics and masks for the past several weeks.
The city has not yet taken the state up on those offers.
* Meanwhile the Chicago Board of Education has filed an Unfair Labor Practices charge against the Chicago Teachers Union…
On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, the CTU illegally directed its members, including teachers, related service providers, and PSRP’s, not to report to work as directed but to work remotely instead from January 5 until the earlier of January 18 or when CPS meets certain health metrics. The refusal to report to work deprives students of instructional days. Pursuant to Section 4 of the IELRA, only the Board of Education has the authority to direct employees in their work. The CTU’s directive violates Section 14(b)(3) of the IELRA and also constitutes an illegal work stoppage in violation of Section 13(b) of the IELRA. Further, through its directive to its members, CTU has breached the collective bargaining agreement so as to indicate repudiation or renunciation of its terms in violation of Section 14(b)(3) of the Act.
CBE respectfully requests the Executive Director immediately issue a complaint on its unfair labor practice charge, an expedited briefing schedule regarding its request for injunctive relief, and that the matter be transferred directly to the IELRB for a decision on the merits and its request for injunctive relief.
Regarding the unfair labor practices, CBE requests an Cease and Desist Order; an affirmative order prohibiting all future strikes from occurring prior to completing the process required by Section 13(b) of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, 115 ILCS 5/1, and any and all other relief the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board deems appropriate.
* Peoria Journal Star…
Health officials aren’t mincing words about the dire situation facing Peoria-area hospitals as new COVID-19 cases continue to mount and more patients are being treated.
“This is the worst that I’ve ever seen it since March of 2020 when we started all of this,” said Bob Anderson, president of OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center, during Thursday’s COVID news briefing.
“We’ve traded problems. In the beginning, there was a lot of concern about having enough PPE (personal protective equipment) and enough ventilators,” Anderson said. “We have the supplies; now I’m missing the nursing personnel, the techs, even the EVS (EnVironmental Services) – the housekeeping personnel that we need in order to clean the rooms, in order to bring people up from the emergency room. When I don’t have those, things slow down, and it makes it very hard.”
* Press release…
Mid-West Truckers Association (MTA) has announced the cancellation of the 61st Annual MTA Convention and the 2022 Mid-West Truck and Trailer Show, scheduled for February 4 & 5, 2022 in Peoria, Illinois.
“With the sudden increase in COVID cases and the concern for the health of our members and exhibitors, we have reluctantly made the decision to cancel the Show for 2022,” said Don Schaefer, Executive Vice President of the Mid-West Truckers Association.
“Our concern and those expressed by potential attendees and exhibitors means cancelling the Truck & Trailer Show is the right decision. We realize the difficulties in producing such an event are compounded due to the recent “perfect storm” of issues brought on by the omnicron COVID virant and its effect on staffing capabilities and potential health problems for the most vulnerable. We have seen the devastation this has caused even among our own members.”
* From the Trib…
According to a spokeswoman for Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ office, 45 judges have tested positive for COVID-19 throughout the pandemic — nine of them this week.
At the Dirksen courthouse, meanwhile, at least 44 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 after being in the courthouse since mid-December, according to letters sent to courthouse employees by U.S. District Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer. […]
Meanwhile, at the Cook County Jail on the Southwest Side, 404 people in custody were positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, according to Sheriff Tom Dart’s office. That accounts for about 7 percent of detainees. In addition, 478 sheriff’s office employees, a category that includes correctional officers, courthouse security deputies and more, were positive as of Wednesday.
The Chicago Police Department has canceled officers’ days off this weekend as the Fraternal Order of Police blamed COVID-19 for a staffing shortage. […]
The FOP, which represents rank-and-file officers, estimates 21% of the police force — about 2,600 officers — are on medical leave, with COVID-19 being the driving factor.
The number of officers on medical leave at any one time before the pandemic averaged about 1,000, according to the union.
The department has about 12,000 officers.
* Here’s Who Will Be Eligible for New COVID Antiviral Pills in Illinois
* Illinois comptroller again suspends unpaid fines from tax refunds for eligible taxpayers