Surge of COVID-19 cases stresses Illinois health care

CHICAGO – As omicron surges across the state, Gov. JB Pritzker warned Monday that hospitalizations are about as high as they were last winter before vaccines were widely available. About 85 percent of those hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state are unvaccinated. “It is frustrating and tragic that two years into the pandemic, with multiple widely […]

Illinois COVID cases top 30,000 in new state daily record

CHICAGO — Illinois has 30,386 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed statewide. The figure that public health officials announced Thursday smashed by more than 9,000 the previous state record for new cases in a day and nearly doubling the high from last fall’s surge. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the previous record was set on Christmas Eve when […]

New COVID-19 cases in US soar to highest levels on record

CHICAGO — More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to their highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average. The surge has been driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant. The previous mark was 250,000 cases per day, set […]

First omicron variant case confirmed in Ill. as key COVID metrics keep ticking upward

CHICAGO — A Chicagoan who’d been fully vaccinated against COVID and gotten a booster shot is the first confirmed case of the virus’ Omicron variant, state and city public health officials announced Tuesday evening. But the person didn’t require hospitalization and is recovering after self-isolating at home. The news comes the same day as the […]

First case of omicron COVID-19 variant detected in Illinois

URBANA – Health officials reported late Tuesday that the omicron COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in a case in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health said the case was confirmed in a Chicago resident. That patient had been in contact with a person from another state who […]

Missouri reports 1st presumed case of omicron virus variant

ST. LOUIS — Missouri health officials are reporting the state’s first presumed case of the omicron coronavirus variant in St. Louis. The St. Louis Health Department on Friday said it’s waiting for confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The St. Louis resident recently traveled within the U.S. Scientists are still learning about […]

The first U.S. case of the omicron variant has now been reported

The first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the U.S., health officials said on Wednesday. The case was detected in a person in California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22,” the CDC said in […]

Biden says omicron variant is cause for concern but not panic

President Biden said Monday that while travel restrictions imposed on travelers from several southern African nations would slow the entry of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, “it cannot prevent it.” “Sooner or later, we’re going to see cases,” he said in an address to the American people. Biden added: “This variant is a cause […]

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

LONDON — The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus has popped up in more European countries, just days after being identified in South Africa., leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. The U.K. on Saturday tightened its rules on mask-wearing and on testing of international arrivals after finding two […]