A Cook County public health leader said Wednesday there won’t be a return to past COVID-19 mitigations just yet in the suburbs, but an ongoing third wave of the coronavirus warrants enough alarm to keep the possibility on the table.
Dr. Rachel Rubin, co-lead of the Cook County Department of Public Health that guides COVID-19 response in most of suburban Cook, said a future decision to clamp down on limits for gatherings and businesses depends on whether the current trends, which have her “extremely concerned,” continue.
Meanwhile, the latest tally of daily coronavirus cases and the statewide positivity rate for tests in Illinois rose to levels on Tuesday not seen since late January, public health officials reported.
Officials reported 3,790 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, the highest count since 4,156 cases were reported Jan. 29. The seven-day statewide positivity rate for cases as a share of total tests is 4.1% as of Tuesday, the highest since a rate of 4.3% was reported the week ending Jan. 28.
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Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area:
7 a.m.: Remote learning backlash appears to have little effect on Naperville school board races, where incumbents lead
Despite very public calls to oust school board members and reject candidates who opposed fully reopening schools until April, Naperville District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204 incumbents appear to have cruised to reelection by hefty margins.
Although some mail-in and provisional ballots still need to be added to the count and results certified, board members Kristin Fitzgerald, Donna Wandke and Charles Cush in District 203 and board members Laurie Donahue and Susan Taylor-Demming in District 204 were the highest voter-getters Tuesday in their respective races.
This despite crowded fields in which nine candidates were vying in Naperville and 11 in Indian Prairie.
Fitzgerald said she believes voters chose to return the incumbents to their seats based on accomplishments.
“I think the results do reflect strong support of our community and our approach and the overall success of our students,” she said. “I’m delighted the community expressed their support for the 203 board.”
Read more here. —Rafael Guerrero
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