Decision on school mask mandate, new direction from CDC Booster – NBC Chicago

Responses from school districts across the state have varied following a judge’s ruling on mask mandates, with some opting to cancel classes, others turning to remote learning and some mandates to lifted for now.

Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines on booster shots for immunocompromised people.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

Ruling on Illinois school mask warrant lawsuit: What to know so far

A southern Illinois judge issued a ruling late last week that effectively bans a statewide mask requirement in schools, causing much confusion in school districts across the country. State.

So what does this mean, how are schools responding and what’s next?

Here’s what we know so far.

CDC guidelines shorten time between 3rd dose of COVID vaccine, reminder for immunocompromised patients

According to revised guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recommended waiting time between booster shots for “moderately to severely” immunocompromised patients has been shortened from five months to three months.

The new recommendation, released at a meeting of the CDC’s Immunization Advisory Committee on Friday, aims to “clarify” the schedule of recalls for patients with underlying conditions that make them immunocompromised.

Currently, these patients should receive three doses, instead of two, of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID vaccine. These patients were then to receive a booster dose at least five months after this third dose.

Under the new guidelines, these patients should now receive a booster dose at least three months after the third dose of their mRNA COVID vaccine, according to the CDC.

Learn more here.

What if you test positive for COVID after quarantine? Here’s what health officials say

If you test positive for COVID-19 after quarantine and you no longer have symptoms, do you still need to stay in isolation?

According to Centers for Disaster Control and Preventiona person is encouraged, but not required, to take a coronavirus test after being quarantined for five days after diagnosis.

After five full days, a person can end the isolation period if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever medication and if other symptoms have improved, the CDC wrote online.

However, the CDC said the best approach would be to find an antigen test near the end of the five-day isolation period.

Learn more here.

Illinois to appeal restraining order issued in school mask lawsuit, says Pritzker

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on Friday requested that the state attorney general’s office immediately appeal a state judge’s decision to implement a restraining order barring schools from enforce mask mandates, school exclusion protocols and COVID-19 testing requirements.

The governor’s office issued a press release in which it called Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Raylene Grischow’s decision “misguided,” saying schools could be forced to walk away if they do not have the appropriate tools to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Learn more here.

Exclusive: Dr Fauci looks at Illinois COVID measures, masks and more

As Chicago and Illinois’ COVID-19 measures crumble, the doctor leading America’s war on the virus sees signs of hope. Dr. Anthony Fauci shared his message for Illinois residents in an exclusive interview with NBC 5’s Phil Rogers.

As Chicago and Illinois’ COVID-19 measures plummet from their all-time highs just weeks ago, the doctor leading America’s war on the virus is seeing signs of hope.

“Illinois is doing well,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview Friday. “The Upper Northeast and Midwest, represented by Chicago and Illinois, are doing better overall than the rest of the country.”

For more from NBC 5’s Phil Rogers interview, click here.

As Measures Improve, Will Illinois’ Mask Mandate End Soon? This is what Pritzker says

The state of Illinois has seen a decline in COVID cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations over the past few weeks, leading some to wonder if the mitigations will be rolled back anytime soon. to come up.

Specifically, questions have emerged regarding the future of the statewide mask mandate and how long it will remain in effect.

Illinois is one of nine states where masks are currently required in indoor public places, regardless of vaccination status.

As measures have improved amid a decline in cases fueled by the omicron variant, Gov. JB Pritzker has revealed changes could be made to the state’s mask mandate.

Learn more here.

Chicago could lift vaccine requirement ‘shortly’ if downward trends continue: Arwady

Chicago’s vaccination mandate in place at bars, restaurants and gyms could be lifted “shortly” if the city continues to see COVID-19 measures drop, according to Chicago’s top doctor.

As the city sees coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations decline rapidly, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said during a Facebook Live event Thursday that she hears of people asking when the vaccine requirement might be removed.

“Not next week, I’ll tell you,” Arwady said. “But if we keep seeing the drops like we did, it wouldn’t be so long from now I think.”

Learn more here.

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