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Cook County COVID surge may lead to tightened restrictions, health officials warn

Cook County COVID surge may lead to tightened restrictions, health officials warn

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and MORTON GROVE, Ill. (WLS) -- The Cook County Health Department is sounding the alarm that more restrictions could be coming if COVID case numbers continue to rise.There is serious concern in Cook County tonight about ICU bed availability, which currently sits at 22%, the lowest in the region.If it falls below 20% for three consecutive days, tougher mitigations could go into place."If the trend continues in the wrong direction we will not hesitate to tighten restrictions," said Dr. Rachel Rubin, Cook County Health Dept.Rubin said after a sharp COVID uptick...

April 7, 2021
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Illinois COVID vaccines: State to expand vaccine eligibility to everyone on April 12, sources say

Illinois COVID vaccines: State to expand vaccine eligibility to everyone on April 12, sources say

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team CHICAGO (WLS) -- Gov. JB Pritzker will announce Thursday that Illinois is expanding vaccine eligibility next month to anyone 16 years of age and older starting on April 12, sources tell ABC7.Due to limited vaccine supplies, not all who become eligible that day will be able to get vaccinated on the first day they are eligible.Sources tell ABC7 Gov. Pritzker also plans to announce that the state will be adding a bridge phase between Phases 4 and 5 that will be based on science, but offering incremental approaches towards Phase 5.The...

March 17, 2021
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Des Plaines, United Center mass vaccination sites to begin accepting appointments Thursday

Des Plaines, United Center mass vaccination sites to begin accepting appointments Thursday

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy DES PLAINES, Ill. (WLS) -- The United Center mass vaccination site in Chicago and another in suburban Des Plaines are set to begin accepting appointments online and by phone Thursday.A total of 110,000 appointments will be made available for the . The first appointments will open at 8:30 a.m. Thursday for seniors. After the signup period for seniors, anyone eligible for a vaccine as part of the Phase 1B+ group can begin scheduling appointments at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 7.To register for an appointment at the United Center, visit or call the multilingual...

March 4, 2021
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Chicago COVID-19: Phase 1C could be delayed due to vaccine scarcity, city's top doc warns

Chicago COVID-19: Phase 1C could be delayed due to vaccine scarcity, city's top doc warns

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and CHICAGO (WLS) -- Many people continue to experience confusion and frustration as they try to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Now some are wondering if there are enough available vaccines to go around and if the next phase will be delayed.We're only two weeks into Phase 1B, and for frontline workers and those 65 and older, getting an appointment is still incredibly difficult.In Chicago, 1 in 13 people have now received at least the first doses of the vaccine. But Chicago's public health director warned Tuesday they are still not getting enough doses to meet...

February 9, 2021
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Chicago COVID-19: Phase 1C could be delayed due to vaccine scarcity, city's top doc warns

Chicago COVID-19: Phase 1C could be delayed due to vaccine scarcity, city's top doc warns

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and CHICAGO (WLS) -- Many people continue to experience confusion and frustration as they try to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Now some are wondering if there are enough available vaccines to go around and if the next phase will be delayed.We're only two weeks into Phase 1B, and for frontline workers and those 65 and older, getting an appointment is still incredibly difficult.In Chicago, 1 in 13 people have now received at least the first does of the vaccine. But Chicago's public health director warned Tuesday they are still not getting enough doses to meet...

February 9, 2021
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Illinois COVID-19 Update: Region 5 moves to Tier 1 mitigations as IL reports 5,343 new cases, 130 deaths

Illinois COVID-19 Update: Region 5 moves to Tier 1 mitigations as IL reports 5,343 new cases, 130 deaths

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutLake County Health Department to open drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination siteBy , and Jesse Kirsch CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois health officials reported 5,343 new COVID-19 cases and 130 deaths Saturday.The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 1,064,667, with a total of 18,179 deaths, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.The southern region of Illinois, Region 5, has reentered Tier 1 state mitigations effective immediately, IDPH announced on Twitter Saturday.Effective immediately, Region 5 has met the COVID-19 health metrics to enter Tier 1 Mitigations....

January 16, 2021
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Illinois COVID-19 Update: Region 5 moves to Tier 1 mitigations as IL reports 5,343 new cases, 130 deaths

Illinois COVID-19 Update: Region 5 moves to Tier 1 mitigations as IL reports 5,343 new cases, 130 deaths

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out3 regions see Illinois COVID-19 restrictions loosenBy , and Jesse Kirsch CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois health officials reported 5,343 new COVID-19 cases and 130 deaths Saturday.The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 1,064,667, with a total of 18,179 deaths, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.The southern region of Illinois, Region 5, has reentered Tier 1 state mitigations effective immediately, IDPH announced on Twitter Saturday.Effective immediately, Region 5 has met the COVID-19 health metrics to enter Tier 1 Mitigations. Learn more: — IDPH...

January 16, 2021
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College student attacked with crowbar in attempted Brighton Park carjacking: 'I still can't believe I'm alive'

College student attacked with crowbar in attempted Brighton Park carjacking: 'I still can't believe I'm alive'

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 21-year-old college student home in Chicago for winter break was hit with a crowbar Monday during an attempted carjacking in Brighton Park.The would-be carjacker hit her in the head as she entered her parked car at 12:20 p.m. in the 2400 block of West 42nd Street, Chicago police said.The attack left her bruised and battered, but Isabel Cruz easily could've been killed."I still can't even believe that I'm alive right now," she said. "And I just have a black eye."Cruz had just left a food mart in the Brighton Park neighborhood and was about to...

January 12, 2021
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Chicago Weather: Winter storm dumps 1 to 8 inches of snow, ice, rain, creating traffic problems

Chicago Weather: Winter storm dumps 1 to 8 inches of snow, ice, rain, creating traffic problems

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy , , , , and Alexis McAdams WESTERN SPRINGS, Ill. (WLS) -- The season's first major winter storm dumped several inches of snow and some freezing rain, making travel treacherous across the Chicago area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.Snow overspread northern Illinois late Tuesday afternoon and piled up quickly in the suburbs as snow fell at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour in some areas.As of 9 p.m., Carol Stream reported 4.5 inches, Elburn 4.2 inches, Aurora 3.6 inches, Naperville 3.5 inches, Romeoville 3.2 inches, and Elk Grove Village 3 inches.The...

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December 30, 2020
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Chicago police officers involved in botched raid placed on desk duty, Mayor Lightfoot announces

Chicago police officers involved in botched raid placed on desk duty, Mayor Lightfoot announces

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy , and Alexis McAdams CHICAGO (WLS) -- Eleven police officers and one police sergeant who raided the home of Anjanette Young last year have been placed on desk duty while the Civilian Office of Police Accountability investigates, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday."Until the COPA investigation is complete, these officers need to be off the street. But that investigation needs to be handled and come to conclusion in an expeditious way," Mayor Lightfoot said.A day after the mayor sought and received the resignation of Corporation Counsel Mark Flessner, the fallout...

December 21, 2020
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