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Chicago May Increase Demand for Vaccines ‘Not Soon’ If Downtrend Continues: Arwady – NBC Chicago

According to Chicago’s top doctor, Chicago’s vaccine regulation in place in bars, restaurants and gyms could be lifted “not long after” if the city continues to see COVID indicators. -19 is on a downward trend, according to Chicago’s top doctor.

As the city sees coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations fall rapidly, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said during a Facebook live event on Thursday. that she heard people asking when the vaccine requirement could be lifted.

“Not next week, I’ll tell you that,” Arwady said. “But if we continue to see the same drops as we have dropped, it won’t be long from now, I think.”

According to the latest data from CDPH, it averaged 889 cases per day as of Thursday, down 47% from the previous week. Hospitalizations also fell by an average of 41% to 93 per day.

Similarly, the average Chicago death toll fell to 13 people a day, down 48 percent from seven days ago, the data showed. Last week the positivity rate was 6.9%, while this week the city hit a daily average of 4.1% on Thursday.

“We are not going to keep the vaccination claim just because we like it. We are holding it because the risk is still higher at this point,” Arwady said at a City Hall press conference on Tuesday. “And yes, I feel confident that it will be able to launch relatively soon, and if we continue to see a 50% weekly drop, that could be pretty soon.”

When it came to Chicago’s mask mission, Arwady gave a similar answer. However, neither she nor Mayor Lori Lightfoot has the authority to make that decision.

The decision to hide was up to Governor JB Pritzker, who said he was “delighted” with Illinois’ improvement after the largest-ever spike in cases, but the governor did not issue it. timeline on the likely return to the pandemic-defined precautions of his response.

As for Pritzker’s indoor masking mandate, the governor points to it as one reason Illinois has fared better than other Midwestern states, where positivity rates remain in double digits while Illinois pulls back less than 7%.

“We really have styled [the Omicron surge] “It’s better or better than most,” said Pritzker at an unrelated news conference in Springfield, and that’s because we’ve made the requirement for masks not just in schools with adults. and children, but also in the home. “I want to get rid of the mask as quickly as possible when possible to keep everyone safe.”

“The number of people going to the hospital is decreasing every day – it is really going down, which I am very excited about,” continued Pritzker. “The better our admissions numbers look, the better all the other numbers look, the more likely we are to be able to switch to different mitigations or, you know, completely eliminate them. all mitigation measures”.

The biggest factor in improving these numbers, officials said, is more people getting vaccinated and boosted. During the Omicron surge, unvaccinated Chicagoans proved twice as likely to contract COVID than their fully vaccinated neighbors — and 10 times more likely to end up in a hospital bed.

Nearly 20% of eligible residents are still unvaccinated.

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-could-lift-vaccine-requirement-not-that-long-from-now-if-downward-trends-continue-arwady/2748344/ Chicago May Increase Demand for Vaccines ‘Not Soon’ If Downtrend Continues: Arwady – NBC Chicago

DUSTIN JONES

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