Arwady: We still have almost 550 new cases of COVID every day. That's high risk in general. "But the thing that is different now is that, that risk is completely bifurcated on whether it's a highly vaccinated setting."
Arwady: We're doing a lot of planning on what it will look like to vaccinate adolescents. Could be update on that soon.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot says there are multiple videos from the shooting of Adam Toledo and she has seen all of them.
The family is "still, critically, in the throes of grief. ... I want to be respectful of the family, but I also do think something like a ...
"police-involved shooting, particularly under these circumstances, it's important for us to be transparent. ... We're gonna work with the family to move this process along, but I think we have to be respectful of them and move at their speed."
Lightfoot: Derek Chauvin trial doesn't play a role in this. It's about being respectful to the family.
"I'm not gonna offer up my own thoughts about this." There are two investigations, one by COPA. "I really think it's important for them to have the space they need to be ...
Arwady: None of the 6 reports of blood clots potentially linked to J&J vaccine are in Chicago or Illinois.
"We've been looking in our records and not seen anything of concern related to blood clots or related to platelets locally here." ...
Of 600+ providers in Chicago, majority in a given week get ANY vaccine b/c supply so low.
City first fills second doses to ensure people can complete their vaccinations.
Arwady: CDPH had not provided any first doses to Innovative Express Care — except for doses for CPS employees. "Primarily the issue is that we saw ongoing irregularities in Innovative's reporting, requesting and allocation of vaccine supply."
Pritzker: "As we look ahead for post-pandemic normalcy, it's not lost on me the price that we've paid, nor the collective mourning that we all still owe ourselves to embrace. We really do have a fighting chance now to bring this pandemic to an end."
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: As of this Friday, Chicago's travel order will be simplified to a two-tier system. Every state but Hawaii is currently in the orange tier. And you're in the orange tier as a state if you're having 15+ daily cases per 100,000 people.
Pritzker: "First, on vaccines: As of last night, approximately 587,900 total doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been delivered to the state of Illinois." 478,000+ to private/public health care providers outside Chicago; 109,725 to those in Chicago.
Pritzker: The vaccination program for long-term care facilities is a federally-operated pharmacy partner program. Doses are removed from Illinois' allocation before they receive deliveries. So far, they've acquired about 231,400 total doses to vaccinate facility staff/residents.