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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, announced on Tuesday that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and was showing mild symptoms.

“Earlier today, I tested positive for COVID-19,” the mayor tweeted around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday. “I have cold-like symptoms, but I feel good, which I attribute to being vaccinated and boosted. “

The mayor said she plans to continue working from home as she follows isolation guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It is an urgent reminder for people to get vaccinated and boosted because it is the only way to beat this pandemic,” she said in a statement.

It comes as Chicago reports an average of 4,793 new COVID cases per day, down from 5,189 last week. Hospitalizations, however, are on average 187 per day, an increase of 37% from last week. The deaths also report a 25% increase over the past week.

The best doctor in town, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr Allison Arwady, pointed out on Tuesday that the omicron surge was still ongoing, despite a potential flattening of cases.

“It’s still a really bad push and I don’t want people to think otherwise,” Arwady said in a COVID-19 update on Tuesday afternoon. “And I really don’t want people to think it’s over, it’s definitely not over.”



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