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Chicago’s battle for distance learning leads to another day of canceled classes for students in the city’s public schools.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic, and in some cases a vaccination warrant for indoor meals, has resulted in the closure of popular restaurants and bars.

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

Chicago Fight With Teachers Union Spans Week 2

Chicago school leaders canceled class on a fourth day in the nation’s third largest district because negotiations with the teachers’ union over distance learning and other COVID-19 safety protocols failed. not come to an agreement over the weekend.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez said Sunday evening in a joint statement that there had not been “sufficient progress” in talks to resume in-person classes on Monday, extending disruptions in a second school week. But they pledged that negotiations would continue “through the night.” “

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Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse is temporarily closing due to proof of vaccination requirements

Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse restaurant in Wheeling announced a temporary closure on Saturday, citing the reason as “unforeseen business circumstances” caused by proof of vaccination requirements in suburban Cook County.

In a social media post, the popular suburban establishment announced it was suspending all activities from Sunday to Monday, February 7.

“Due to unforeseen business circumstances brought on by Cook County’s new COVID-19 vaccination card mandate, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close our doors,” the restaurant said on Facebook.

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Plainfield School District 202 cancels classes Monday due to increase in COVID cases

Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 canceled classes Monday due to staff and logistics issues related to COVID, the district said on Sunday.

In a Facebook post, District 202 leaders said they cited “logistical transport and personnel issues linked to an increase in COVID-19 cases” as the reasons for the cancellation of classes.

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Abbott Labs to Provide 350,000 COVID Tests to CPS, Pritzker Says Amid Union Deadlock

Abbott Laboratories and SHIELD Illinois will provide COVID-19 testing to Chicago public schools, Governor JB Pritzker announced on Saturday, as CPS and Chicago Teachers Union standoff over coronavirus protocols and distance learning continued with no immediate end in sight.

In a tweet on Saturday, Pritzker thanked Robert Ford, CEO of Illinois-based Abbott, and the SHIELD team for providing 350,000 rapid antigen tests to the CPS, saying he was committed to “See our children and teachers safely in classrooms as soon as possible.

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What is “Flurona” and what are the symptoms? Chicago area doctor on what to know

Yes, it’s possible someone could be diagnosed with both the flu and COVID, doctors say. There have been recent reports of people testing positive for both viruses, in what has now been called “flurona”.

But despite some misrepresentation online, the viruses have not merged to create a new disease. They remain separate infections.

“Flurona is a aptly named experience that can actually happen. The influenza virus and the COVID-19 virus are different enough to be different variants and they can both occur at the same time, ”said Dr. Mark Loafman, president of family and community medicine for Cook County Health.

Here’s what we know so far about the “flurona” and what to expect.

Lost Lake, Chicago’s popular tropical bar, will close permanently after next weekend

Chicago’s iconic tropical bar Lost Lake has announced it will close permanently after next weekend, noting that the “super-spreading wave” of COVID measures across the city has led to the move.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Lost Lake said next weekend would be the bar’s last days of in-person service after years of serving Chicagoans tropical cocktails at the corner of Diversey Avenue and Kedzie Boulevard. .

“Maybe someday we’ll be back in some form or another, but it seems like that’s it for now,” Lost Lake said in a Facebook post.

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Omicron symptoms: here’s what to look out for after exposure to COVID

Not sure if your symptoms are COVID-related?

Whether you’ve been exposed or aren’t feeling well, experts say those who think they might have a cold could have coronavirus. But which symptoms should you specifically watch out for?

That’s a question many are asking as omicron cases increase in the New Year after the holiday gatherings and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates their quarantine and isolation guidelines.

Here’s what we know so far.

Could Omicron Peak Happen? Here’s what the experts are watching

As omicron COVID cases continue to rise, with many states across the country reporting record levels of cases, when could the variant reach its peak?

Chicago’s top doctor offered him predictions based on data from around the world on Tuesday, but said, in short, “we don’t know when omicron is going to peak.” There are signs, however, that experts are watching.

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Omicron and quarantine or isolation: do you need to test? The latest directives

If you test positive for COVID and isolate, do you have to take another test before you can see people again? What if you were exposed but had no symptoms?

That’s a question many are asking as omicron cases increase in the New Year after the holiday gatherings and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates their quarantine and isolation guidelines.

Here’s what we know so far.

How long after exposure to COVID could you test positive?

How long can it take for a person to test positive for COVID after exposure to someone infected with the virus?

That’s a question many are asking after holiday gatherings amid cases of burgeoning omicron variants.

Demand for testing continues to skyrocket at the start of the new year, and some experts say the omicron variant has “sped up” the timing of what many have learned with COVID.

Here’s what we know so far.

When can Omicron symptoms start after exposure to COVID?

The omicron variant has changed some of what many have learned about the coronavirus and how it spreads, but now with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some are wondering when they are most contagious and how long afterward. have contracted the virus?

As coronavirus cases increase with the new omicron variant continuing to spread after the holidays, your chances of being exposed to someone infected with the virus have likely increased. But when can symptoms first appear after potential exposure?

Some experts say the omicron variant has “sped up” the timing of what many have learned with COVID, including the incubation period, or the time between exposure and the onset of symptoms.

“As we have seen these new variants develop – delta, now omicron – what we are seeing is everything is accelerating from a COVID standpoint,” the Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner said Thursday. , Dr. Allison Arwady. “It takes less time from the time a person is exposed to COVID to potentially develop an infection. It takes less time to develop symptoms, it takes less time for a person to be infectious, and for many people it takes less time to recover This is largely because many more people are vaccinated. “

Here’s what we know so far.

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