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29 Apr
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the city's health department, have a news conference at 10:30 a.m. where they'll talk about reopening the city.

I'll live tweet. Follow for updates and let me know if you have questions.

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BREAKING: Festivals are back, the United Center can reopen and conventions can be held as Chicago loosens its coronavirus restrictions: buff.ly/3eyP8Fu.
You can watch here: twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
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27 Apr
Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, has a news conference at 1 p.m. I'll live tweet.

Follow for updates. Let me know if you have questions.

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Still waiting on this to start.
You can watch here: facebook.com/watch/live/?v=…
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27 Apr
Arwady: "We have a long way to go" with vaccines. We now have everyone vaccine for everyone.
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.
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15 Apr
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and some community leaders holding news conference at noon where they'll ask for peace as city preps to release Adam Toledo video.

I'll live tweet. Follow for updates and let me know if you have questions. blockclubchicago.org/2021/04/15/lig…
You can watch here: pscp.tv/w/1YqKDeQBXnLGV
Lightfoot: "A little over 2 weeks ago, a tragedy occurred that left a child dead, a mother in mourning and a family in crisis."
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15 Apr
Arwady: We are still seeing numbers increasing, but we've seen slowing in the rate of growth.
Arwady: "... Our outbreak is continuing to grow."

It's not just due to testing; growth outpaces testing increases. But positivity rate of 5.8 tells us we're doing a good job of testing a lot of Chicagoans.
Arwady: We're definitely back on the increase, though not as bad as in the fall.

"Younger adults is very much who we continue to see the majority of these cases being diagnosed in."
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14 Apr
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 ...
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14 Apr
CPS high school teachers are working remotely today as reopening negotiations continue between the CTU and city. blockclubchicago.org/2021/04/14/cps…
CTU President Jesse Sharkey speaking at a news conference about this now.
Sharkey: "We're doing the action to protest the fact we do not yet have a return-to-work agreement. Bargaining has actually been fairly productive."
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13 Apr
Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, has a COVID-19 update for the city at 1 p.m. I'll live tweet.

Follow for updates and let me know if you have questions.

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You can watch here: pscp.tv/w/1djGXqndEbNJZ
Arwady: "We continue to see increases in Chicago, in our case rates, our positivity rate, our emergency department, our hospitalizations and our ICUs. However, we are seeing those increases slow."

Averaging 691 new cases of COVID per day. High-risk territory.
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13 Apr
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." ...
Chicago wants to pause so clinicians know to look for this as a potentially rare side effect.
Arwady: They are seeing rare instances of low platelets. Also seeing rare instances of blood clots.

"It's pretty unusual to have blood clots in combination with low platelets ... ." The blood clots were in people's brains, which is serious. One woman died. One seriously ill.
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6 Apr
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. JB Pritzker will have a news conference at 2 p.m. (without VP Kamala Harris). I'll live tweet.

Follow for updates and let me know if you have questions.

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You can watch here: pscp.tv/w/1rmxPzNwkMbGN
@colinbphoto not seeing Pritzker or Lightfoot there. 🤔
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5 Apr
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPD Supt. David Brown have a news conference on public safety at 11 a.m. I'll live tweet.

Follow for updates and let me know if you have questions.

Coverage from @MauricioPena: blockclubchicago.org/2021/04/02/vid…
This is about to begin. You can watch here: pscp.tv/w/cznaNDFETEtC…
Brown says he'll start with a "walk-through of some of the facts ... without interfering with the investigation COPA is" conducting after police fatally shot a 13-year-old boy.
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24 Mar
Dr. Allison Arwady: CDPH supplies providers with vaccine to use for existing patients AND for special projects — like employer events (like CPS), Protect Chicago Plus events, etc. ...

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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."
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24 Mar
I've gotten a lot of love from Chicago lately, and I appreciate that!

But please read and support all of the amazing @BlockClub reporters, who are providing important reporting on vaccinations and COVID's effects on the neighborhoods.

From @MauricioPena: blockclubchicago.org/2021/03/24/mor…
And @Pascal_Sabino highlighted how West Side residents are desperately trying to get shots ... as Loretto vaccinated people outside the community.

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@mina_bloom_ showed the early (and continuing...) frustrations with Chicago's vaccination rollout. We still get SO MANY calls, emails and texts from people asking us for help finding an appointment.

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24 Mar
Gov. JB Pritzker has a coronavirus update for Illinois at 11:30 a.m. He'll also get his first vaccination shot.

I'll live tweet.

Follow for updates and let me know if you have questions.

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Waiting for this to start. You'll be able to watch here: multimedia.illinois.gov/press/press-li…
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."
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23 Mar
Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, holding a news conference at 1 p.m. where she'll talk about the city's reopening and vaccination plans.

I'll live tweet. Follow for updates and let me know if you have questions.

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You can watch here: pscp.tv/w/1lPJqXpOgYeGb
Arwady: "We have seen a number of changes here" to the city's travel order.

Major changes: "A number of states move in the wrong direction"
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23 Mar
Arwady says the city is "worried" about rise in new cases, positivity rate.
Arwady: We're seeing some spread in sports teams, including at the high school level and college and adult. Advises parents to make sure kids are wearing their masks.

"While COVID rates are still relatively high, there is some risk there."
Arwady: At rate we're going here, by late April to early May, probably at least half of Chicagoans will have been able to get first dose.

"That may be even faster if more and more vaccine gets here. But my biggest worry is we're still sitting here in March, and I think people...
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22 Mar
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."
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22 Mar
BREAKING: A luxury Gold Coast watch shop that got improper vaccinations has a very important customer: Loretto Hospital's COO, Dr. Anosh Ahmed.

Ahmed is a frequent customer there and has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at the shop, a source said.

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Geneva Seal sells jewelry & designer watches worth $20,000+.

The shop is far from Loretto Hospital — & the vaccinations were offered to ineligible people who own and work at the high-end boutiques in Gold Coast, + their family and friends, sources said.

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Loretto says this event did not happen.

I spoke to a source who was vaccinated at the event. She showed me a photo of her getting her shot inside Geneva Seal. Metadata matches date of vax event.

Also showed me her vax card — with Loretto as provider.

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12 Jan
Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, has a coronavirus update at 1 p.m. I'll live tweet.

Follow for updates and let me know if you have questions.

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You can watch here: pscp.tv/w/1djGXqwoBVdJZ
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.
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12 Jan
Arwady on virus variant: The COVID-19 virus, like all viruses, does mutate. It is a natural thing for viruses to do that.

The vaccines should still work against them.
Arwady: "Also important, we've not had a variant that makes people sicker." What a new, more contagious variant means in practice is we need to do what we have been doing to avoid exposure.
Arwady: Experts do anticipate we'll see this variant become much more widespread. Theoretically, it will mean we need to vaccinate a larger percentage of the population.
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11 Jan
Gov. JB Pritzker has a coronavirus update at 2:30 p.m. I'll live tweet.

Follow for updates and let me know if you have questions.

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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.
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