Lightfoot: We're starting to see an uptick in new cases, particularly among 18-29 and 30-39. "COVID-19 is still here, folks. It is still real. It is still deadly. And, unfortunately, it is still sending people to the hospital very single day."
Lightfoot: "We will step back and have to close back down if we are not diligent, particularly that 18-to-40-year-old cohort. It's critically important that those folks and everyone remain diligent."
Arwady: Chicago providers have put more than 1 million vaccine doses into arms. And we're doing it in a way that promotes equity. "We are not done. Please keep wearing that mask, doing the social distancing, doing the things that have gotten us this far."
Arwady: Less than 15% of Chicagoans have completed their vaccinations.
Arwady: At this point, no plans for a 24-hour vaccination site.

We'll see what the demand and vaccine supply looks like.
Arwady: We'll keep prioritizing essential workers; if there are more creative things we need to do to reach them, we'll look into that.
Arwady: The recommendation still is to limit non-essential travel.
Lightfoot: The travel order has been effective in elevating public consciousness about travel risks.
Lightfoot: About 50% of seniors in Chicago are vaccinated, but we're "way behind other jurisdictions" in terms of vaccinations.
Lightfoot on Loretto: "I fear that we're gonna hear more stories, which is why we pushed 'pause' on giving Loretto more doses."

She and CDPH have reached out to the CEO.

"They've got work to do I think to rebuild trust in their own community. ... We have already put plans together for other providers to kind of take up the work that Loretto was doing. But clearly they've got to have better systems in place, better controls. ...
"... I don't expect them to be coming back online anytime soon. ... But it's unfortunate that it's come to this."

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