3:50 p.m. Positivity fee falls once more with 3,194 newest Illinois COVID-19 instances
Public well being officers on Saturday introduced 3,194 new COVID-19 instances, reducing Illinois’ testing positivity fee to 4.1% and providing a possible signal of optimism that the state is easing down from its newest surge in infections.
The positivity fee, which signifies how quickly the virus is spreading, remains to be up sharply in comparison with the all-time low of two.1% the state reached final month, whereas a median of greater than 3,200 residents have examined constructive every day over the previous week — practically double Illinois’ case fee in early March.
However the statewide positivity fee has now fallen or held regular for 5 consecutive days after a full month of troubling upticks.
Chicago’s regional positivity fee has fallen barely over the previous few days to five.6%, and it’s dipped to five.5% in suburban Cook dinner County.
Regardless of any incremental progress, it’s nonetheless “a crucial time on this pandemic,” in response to Dr. Kiran Joshi, senior medical officer and co-leader of the Cook dinner County Division of Public Well being.
1:45 p.m. CPS is getting $1.8B in federal reduction funding. Mother and father and college students are demanding a say in the way it’s spent
Rocio Almazan, a sophomore at Curie Excessive Faculty, is a part of a pupil committee that listens to classmates’ considerations and recommendations for the varsity, together with ideas about distant studying over the previous yr.
The coed group advocates for its classmates, sending letters and petitions. The issue is that they’re not often heard — and that’s a problem that must be mounted as Chicago Public Faculties officers determine the right way to spend $1.Eight billion in federal pandemic reduction funding, she stated.
“CPS has excluded all stakeholders because the pandemic and continues to take action,” Rocio stated.
The district has stated it’ll use the cash to assist college students by means of pandemic challenges shifting ahead, however households desire a say in that course of. The Chicago Lecturers Union has additionally turned its consideration to the problem now that prime college reopening negotiations are full and all district colleges are clear to renew in-person studying.
Members of mother or father group Increase Your Hand, the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council and different neighborhood organizations held a digital city corridor Friday to share how they need the funds for use. Amongst their high priorities are the hiring of extra particular training workers to satisfy these college students’ wants and funding housing vouchers for the 17,000 CPS kids with out everlasting housing.
The teams additionally recommended closing the digital divide with working computer systems and web for all college students, offering extra assets for immigrants and kids whose first language isn’t English, hiring restorative justice coordinators in any respect colleges and opening school-based well being facilities.
Advocates have been clear on what they didn’t need the cash to go towards: paying off pre-pandemic debt.
10:37 a.m. Worldwide COVID-19 loss of life toll tops Three million
The worldwide loss of life toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering Three million individuals Saturday amid repeated setbacks within the worldwide vaccination marketing campaign and a deepening disaster in locations akin to Brazil, India and France.
The variety of lives misplaced, as compiled by Johns Hopkins College, is about equal to the inhabitants of Kyiv, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; or metropolitan Lisbon, Portugal. It’s larger than Chicago (2.7 million) and equal to Philadelphia and Dallas mixed.
And the true quantity is believed to be considerably greater due to attainable authorities concealment and the various instances ignored within the early levels of the outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, on the finish of 2019.
When the world again in January handed the awful threshold of two million deaths, immunization drives had simply began in Europe and the USA. At the moment, they’re underway in additional than 190 nations, although progress in bringing the virus underneath management varies extensively.
Whereas the campaigns within the U.S. and Britain have hit their stride and folks and companies there are starting to ponder life after the pandemic, different locations, largely poorer nations however some wealthy ones as properly, are lagging behind in placing photographs in arms and have imposed new lockdowns and different restrictions as virus instances soar.
Worldwide, deaths are on the rise once more, working at round 12,000 per day on common, and new instances are climbing too, eclipsing 700,000 a day.
9:04 a.m. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Obamas and different celebrities make a stand for COVID vaccines on TV particular
President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and a slew of celebrities together with Billy Crystal, Jennifer Hudson and Lin-Manuel Miranda are a part of a particular geared toward boosting COVID-19 vaccination charges.
“Roll Up Your Sleeves,” airing at 6 p.m. Sunday on NBC, will characteristic Matthew McConaughey interviewing Dr. Anthony Fauci to assist separate “truth from fiction” concerning the vaccines, the community stated.
Biden will make a direct enchantment in assist of the trouble, whereas Obama shall be joined by basketball greats Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal to strengthen the function of vaccines in permitting People to get their lives again on monitor.
Former first woman Michelle Obama will group with Miranda, Religion Hill and Jennifer Lopez in assist of photographs throughout the hour-long particular hosted by spouses Russell Wilson, the NFL quarterback, and actor-singer Ciara.
8:15 a.m. Caught outdoors U.S. throughout pandemic, burst pipe floods suburban residence, and Allstate received’t pay
The COVID-19 pandemic has messed with individuals’s lives in numerous methods, however I hadn’t heard something fairly just like the travails of Floyd and Betsy Rogers.
It’s a sophisticated story, so settle in.
The Rogerses are retirees.
He’s 78 and used to work at IBM earlier than retiring early to assist his brother function a now-defunct backyard heart. She’s 79 and went again to high school for her Ph.D. after her daughters went away to school, then labored for a time as a advisor retraining industrial staff.
The Rogerses have lived since 1975 in a two-story body residence close to Glen Ellyn the place they raised two daughters.
Youthful daughter Becky Ackermann is a paleoanthropologist on the College of Cape City in South Africa, the place she lives together with her husband Kurt and their 11-year-old son, the Rogerses’ solely grandchild. Their older daughter died of a blood clot in 2002.
Like many individuals their age with their solely surviving baby and grandchild far, far-off, the suburban couple make annual visits to their daughter’s household in Cape City, over time regularly extending their stays to months at a stretch.
That’s the place they have been in February 2020, scheduled to return that April, when Betsy Rogers broke her pelvis, requiring a protracted, tough rehabilitation throughout which she couldn’t be on an airplane.
That meant they have been nonetheless in South Africa when the pandemic struck.
There have been no flights again to the U.S. for some time. By the point there have been, it wasn’t actually protected to fly from a COVID standpoint, so that they settled in for Betsy to recuperate.
That’s why the couple was nonetheless in South Africa this previous Jan. 22 after they have been knowledgeable a DuPage County sheriff’s deputy had noticed water working down their driveway. A cracked pipe in an upstairs rest room had flooded the home, destroying a lot of the inside and furnishings: 213,000 gallons escaped, in response to the water invoice they later obtained.
All very unhappy, however that’s why individuals have owners’ insurance coverage. Proper?
That’s what the Rogerses have been considering. However Allstate denied their declare, citing an exception of their coverage for plumbing that freezes whereas a constructing is vacant or unoccupied “until you may have used cheap care” to take care of the warmth or shut off the water provide and drain the system.
New instances & vaccination numbers
- Public well being officers on Saturday announced 3,194 new COVID-19 instances, reducing Illinois’ testing positivity fee to 4.1% and providing a possible signal of optimism that the state is easing down from its newest surge in infections.
- The positivity fee remains to be up sharply in comparison with the all-time low of two.1% the state reached final month, whereas a median of greater than 3,200 residents have examined constructive every day over the previous week — practically double Illinois’ case fee in early March.
- Chicago’s regional positivity fee has fallen barely over the previous few days to five.6%, and it’s dipped to five.5% in suburban Cook dinner County.
- The state reported its fourth best vaccination day but with 160,014 doses administered Friday. Practically Eight million photographs have gone into arms general, with about 3.Three million residents absolutely vaccinated — practically 26% of the inhabitants.
- Officers additionally stated 23 extra residents have died with the virus, together with 12 Cook dinner County residents. The state’s loss of life toll is as much as 21,653 amongst about 1.Three million residents who’ve examined constructive over the previous yr.
- Practically 1 / 4 of all Illinoisans are actually absolutely immunized in opposition to the coronavirus after Thursday’s shot effort, which got here per week after the state set a document with virtually 176,000 administered doses.