In the meantime, as COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen to unprecedented ranges in Illinois and different states, the identical questions from the spring surge are reemerging: Will Illinois hospitals run out of beds? And in the event that they do, the place and when?
Final week, the Pritzker administration launched projections from two units of researchers that estimated the longer term variety of hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers, together with these in intensive care models. These fashions don’t immediately tackle when beds would possibly run out, however a Tribune analysis of the extra pessimistic projections means that, if developments don’t enhance, all the state’s at present out there ICU beds could possibly be in use by early December.
Right here’s what’s taking place Tuesday with COVID-19 within the Chicago space and Illinois:
5:05 p.m.: 5 issues to find out about Lightfoot’s ‘pandemic funds’
Chicago aldermen on Tuesday narrowly authorized Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $12.eight billion “pandemic funds” for 2021, a package deal that may fund metropolis authorities by the subsequent fiscal yr whereas closing a projected $1.2 billion funds deficit spurred by coronavirus pandemic-driven income losses to municipal coffers.
Amongst different issues, the package deal features a $94 million property tax hike, in addition to will increase in charges and fines. Aldermen voted 28-22 in help of Lightfoot’s property tax improve and 29-21 to cross her funds.
3:40 p.m.: Black Friday goes to look completely different. Right here’s what to anticipate if you happen to’re buying this week.
Black Friday, the normal kickoff to the vacation buying season, used to attract swarms of deal-hunting customers to shops. This yr goes to look completely different.
With COVID-19 instances surging, Chicago and Cook dinner County have issued stay-at-home advisories, and the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has really useful buying on-line for Black Friday offers and utilizing curbside pickup.
Retailers started providing reductions sooner than ever, and a number of other huge chains say none of their offers require a visit to the shop.
Whereas 66% of customers have already began vacation buying, 20% plan to start out through the lengthy weekend, in response to a client survey by Adobe Analytics.
On-line gross sales in November are already up 32% in contrast with final yr and on-line gross sales on Black Friday are anticipated to hit $10.Three billion, up practically 40% from final yr, Adobe stated.
Communities even have urged customers to help native companies, hit particularly onerous through the pandemic.
3:15 p.m.: New Lenox imposes necessary face masking regulation for public locations
The New Lenox Village Board handed an ordinance Monday mandating face coverings in public locations and laying out tips for indoor eating at eating places.
The ordinance units a minimal $100 effective for violations, although village trustees stated they don’t anticipate law enforcement officials to be out looking out for folks not carrying face coverings. However trustees are hopeful the ordinance will give enterprise homeowners one thing to point out clients or patrons who refuse to put on face masks.
“We’re supporting companies. Now they’ll blame it on us,” Mayor Tim Baldermann stated.
Companies which may be reluctant to confront clients who aren’t following rules on face masks can present clients the ordinance and say the village requires it and violators will be fined, Baldermann stated.
Baldermann, who stated he doesn’t get pleasure from carrying a face masks, pointed to scientific research noting face masks may also help curb the unfold of COVID-19. He additionally stated the area’s numbers proceed to extend and hospitals corresponding to Silver Cross Hospital proceed to see an inflow of COVID-19 sufferers.
3:10 p.m.: Walmart shifts 6 drive-thru COVID-19 testing websites in Chicago space to curbside pickup as winter approaches
Walmart is altering six Chicago-area drive-thru coronavirus testing websites to curbside pickup in time for colder climate.
Sufferers have been self-administering the nasal swab exams inside their automobile with steerage of a pharmacist. Now, sufferers are required to make an appointment on-line to choose up take a look at kits to carry out at house and ship to a Quest Diagnostics lab, which screens and processes the outcomes.
One of many foremost functions for drive-thru testing websites is to scale back interplay between these administering the take a look at and individuals who might have COVID-19.
With the onset of winter and the potential for close to zero-degree climate, some well being techniques have stated they plan to maneuver their COVID-19 testing websites indoors to maintain staff heat. Others have stated they plan so as to add heaters to their outside drive-thru testing areas.
1:45 p.m.: Chicago Metropolis Council approves Lightfoot’s ‘pandemic funds’
Chicago’s Metropolis Council authorized Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $12.eight billion funds for subsequent yr.
Aldermen voted 28-22 in help of Lightfoot’s $94 million property tax improve. Lighfoot’s funds additionally handed 29-21.
Lightfoot’s spending plan features a $94 million property tax hike with a provision to boost property taxes yearly by an quantity tied to the buyer worth index. It additionally features a 3-cent gasoline tax hike and depends on a rise in fines and costs assortment, together with a plan to spice up income by ticketing residents who’re caught going 6 mph over the restrict by velocity cameras.
As well as, Lightfoot is asking to refinance $501 million in metropolis debt for the 2021 funds, which would supply a jolt of recent income subsequent yr however possible value taxpayers extra down the street. Related borrowing ways below Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel drew deep criticism, however the Lightfoot administration stated the town’s present monetary catastrophe makes such a transfer acceptable.
Lightfoot has spent weeks lining up the 26 votes wanted to cross what she calls her “pandemic funds” by the Metropolis Council, with aldermen pushing again hardest on the property tax improve.
1:05 p.m.: Some Catholic faculties within the Chicago space will shift to distant studying after Thanksgiving
After a fall surge of coronavirus infections, extra Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic faculties will briefly transition to e-learning subsequent week.
Catholic elementary faculties had been scheduled to shift to distant studying for 2 weeks originally of subsequent yr, however “escalating COVID-19 charges inside the normal inhabitants” prompted the Workplace of Catholic Colleges to switch its authentic plan, spokesman Manuel Gonzalez stated.
The choice additionally comes after the archdiocese surveyed stakeholders in any respect 162 faculties in Cook dinner and Lake counties to measure their consolation with in-person studying through the vacation season.
The survey measured dad or mum satisfaction, desire for in-person or distant studying, and stress and workload issues amongst lecturers, Gonzalez stated.
“The outcomes had been that 80% of the colleges wanted no, or minimal, alteration of our present procedures,” he stated. “The opposite 20% had been candidates for extra intensive changes, and it’s for these faculties we can be setting up particular person (digital studying) plans.”
12:45 p.m.: Illinois VA launches investigation of lethal coronavirus outbreak in LaSalle forward of Senate committee listening to
The Illinois Division of Veterans’ Affairs is launching an unbiased investigation of a coronavirus outbreak that has torn by the state-run veterans house in LaSalle this month, infecting dozens of residents and employees members and ensuing within the deaths of greater than two dozen veterans.
The announcement of the probe got here lower than two hours earlier than a state Senate committee was set to start a listening to on the outbreak, which seems to have slowed over the previous few days.
As of Monday, 105 residents and 95 workers on the veterans house, situated only a few miles from Starved Rock State Park, had examined optimistic for COVID-19 for the reason that pandemic started. All however a handful of the instances had been half of the present outbreak, which was first reported to residents and households Nov. 1 when a resident who was hospitalized examined optimistic.
As of Tuesday, 27 veterans have died. Up to now, 38 residents and 76 employees have recovered, in response to the state.
The coronavirus has been raging in LaSalle County outdoors the veterans house. As of Nov. 15, the newest date for which figures had been out there, the county had 961 instances of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents, up from 390 instances per 100,000 residents on Nov. 1.
12:25 p.m.: As these Chicago medical doctors do battle in a COVID-19 unit, their friendship has grow to be a lifeline
Just a few issues preserve Dr. Khalilah Gates and Dr. Michelle Prickett strolling into Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit, the place they deal with severely unwell COVID-19 sufferers.
A way of responsibility. A ardour for his or her career. And their friendship, honed over greater than a decade and which they’ve all the time counted on for shared humor that punctuates hectic, onerous days of their work as pulmonary and important care specialists.
“You dig deep and also you face the ICU for one more day,” Gates stated, “understanding that you simply’ve acquired Prickett.”
These ICU medical doctors’ friendship has all the time been robust. However this yr, it’s been a lifeline, as they work to maintain one another secure and sane whereas treating COVID-19 sufferers.
Gates and Prickett share a get-it-done, no-drama mentality. Their bond was solidified by sharing tales of being born and raised in Chicago and the way they selected to remain right here, increase households right here and follow drugs right here.
12:05 p.m.: 9,469 new confirmed and possible COVID-19 instances, 125 extra deaths reported
Illinois well being officers on Tuesday introduced 9,469 new confirmed and possible instances of COVID-19 and 125 extra fatalities, bringing the full variety of identified infections in Illinois to 674,089 and the statewide dying toll to 11,677 for the reason that begin of the pandemic. Officers additionally reported 97,323 new exams within the final 24 hours.
11:10 a.m.: Cubs homeowners would get to defer infrastructure fee below metropolis proposal
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Wrigleyville’s alderman on Tuesday proposed letting the Chicago Cubs delay the workforce’s annual $250,000 fee right into a fund to pay for infrastructure upgrades round their historic North Facet ballpark as a result of the workforce performed with out followers within the seats this yr because of the pandemic.
The “CubFund Venture” fee would as a substitute be made in 2024 below the ordinance Lightfoot launched to the Metropolis Council.”
We perceive they performed with out followers, and plenty of companies are struggling,” Ald. Tom Tunney stated. “However they nonetheless need to make the fee. As an alternative of this yr, will probably be made in 2024.”
The funds are a part of a 2013 deal when the Ricketts household was asking for Metropolis Council approval to undertake large renovations round Wrigley Subject.
10:45 a.m.: Our Girl of Guadalupe competition canceled due to COVID-19
Citing issues with COVID-19, the Shrine of Our Girl of Guadalupe on Tuesday cancelled its winter pilgrimage that yearly prompted hundreds within the Chicago space to courageous the December chilly and stroll by foot to Des Plaines to pay homage to a Mexico icon of Catholicism.
The Feast of Our Girl of Guadalupe on the Shrine was initially scheduled for Dec. 11 and 12 and sometimes entails the participation of greater than 200,000 devotees from completely different Chicago church buildings, making this space the most important celebration after Mexico Metropolis’s.
However with COVID-19 surging throughout Illinois, officers from the Shrine of Our Girl of Guadalupe decided preserving devotees secure wouldn’t be doable this yr. As an alternative, they’ll be stay streaming companies and are encouraging folks to have fun the feast day from their very own houses or their house parishes.
Learn extra and see a slide present of previous festivals here. —Kelli Smith
10:42 a.m.: Lightfoot proposes delay of enterprise licenses, sidewalk cafe permits expirations to assist offset COVID-19 hits
Town of Chicago will delay enterprise license and sidewalk cafe expirations and permit expanded outside service to proceed into subsequent yr as a part of a plan Mayor Lori Lightfoot launched Tuesday to offer companies a lift throughout COVID-19.
Lightfoot is proposing increasing a program permitting each enterprise and public automobile license with expiration dates between March 15, 2020, and June 15, 2021, to increase till 2021, with out the trouble of a license renewal, her workplace stated.
Lightfoot is also proposing to permit all sidewalk cafe permits issued in 2021 the choice to increase in entrance of a neighboring institution and obtain a 75% discount in allow charge. Sidewalk cafe permits which can be set to run out in February 2021 can be prolonged till June 1 while not having to resume, the mayor’s workplace stated.
As well as, Lightfoot’s proposal will proceed permitting outside service for bars and eating places in personal parking heaps, on the sidewalk or in closed streets as a part of her Expanded Out of doors Eating Program.
9:05 a.m.: An early coronavirus mutation might have made the pandemic harder to cease, new proof suggests
Because the coronavirus swept the world over, it picked up random alterations to its genetic sequence. Like meaningless typos in a script, most of these mutations made no distinction in how the virus behaved.
However one mutation close to the start of the pandemic did make a distinction, a number of new findings counsel, serving to the virus unfold extra simply from individual to individual and making the pandemic more durable to cease.
The mutation, often known as 614G, was first noticed in jap China in January after which unfold rapidly all through Europe and New York Metropolis. Inside months, the variant took over a lot of the world, displacing different variants.
For months, scientists have been fiercely debating why. Researchers at Los Alamos Nationwide Laboratory argued in Could that the variant had most likely advanced the flexibility to contaminate folks extra effectively. Many had been skeptical, arguing that the variant might have been merely fortunate, showing extra usually by likelihood in massive epidemics, like Northern Italy’s, that seeded outbreaks elsewhere.
However a number of recent analysis — together with shut genetic evaluation of outbreaks and lab work with hamsters and human lung tissue — has supported the view that the mutated virus did in actual fact have a definite benefit, infecting folks extra simply than the unique variant detected in Wuhan, China.
9:03 a.m.: Waukegan manufacturing unit churns out germ-zapping robots that kill COVID-19 virus in hospitals, resorts and on ‘Chicago Med’
Within the ongoing battle in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic, add the names of Mark, Rowan, Dorian and Jabba to the record of front-line heroes quietly toiling away to conquer the virus.
The 4 are germ-zapping robots, recruited by Northwest Group Hospital in Arlington Heights to do one job: kill the virus and different pathogens by sweeping rooms with pulsating beams of high-intensity UV mild.
Final month, the 3½-foot-tall robots, which bear a putting resemblance to R2-D2, the plucky droid from “Star Wars,” disinfected practically 700 rooms on the hospital.
“Each COVID room will get handled when the affected person is discharged,” stated Kris York, director of hospitality companies on the hospital. “The robots didn’t get a lot of a break.”
The 4 are a part of a rising military of LightStrike robots, $125,000-a-pop machines that fireplace highly effective UV blasts at surfaces the place SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could also be lurking.
There may be such nice demand for his or her companies that Xenex, the Texas-based firm behind the robots, introduced a $20 million deal final month with aerospace producer Astronics to construct tons of of them at a Waukegan manufacturing unit.
9 a.m.: Beginning subsequent yr, worldwide flyers might have proof of COVID-19 vaccinations
Worldwide air journey may come booming again subsequent yr however with a brand new rule: Vacationers to sure nations have to be vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus earlier than they’ll fly.
Encouraging information about vaccine improvement has given airways and nations hope they could quickly be capable to revive suspended flight routes and dirt off profitable tourism plans. However nations in Asia and the Pacific, particularly, are decided to not let their hard-won good points in opposition to the virus evaporate.
In Australia, the boss of Qantas, the nation’s largest airline, stated that after a virus vaccine turns into broadly out there, his provider will possible require passengers use it earlier than they’ll journey overseas or land in Australia.
Qantas Chief Govt Alan Joyce stated he’s been speaking to his counterparts at different airways world wide about the potential for a “vaccination passport” for worldwide vacationers.
7:15 a.m.: Lightfoot to introduce measures to increase COVID-19 regulation modifications
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration deliberate to introduce measures at Tuesday’s Metropolis Council assembly to “prolong vital regulatory reduction measures for companies” affected by the coronavirus pandemic, in response to a launch from the mayor’s workplace.
Among the many measures being launched are ” delaying enterprise and public automobile license expiration dates till July 15, 2021, increasing vital sidewalk café reforms to final all through the 2021 café season and increasing” the town’s expanded outside eating program by the tip of 2021, in response to a information launch from the mayor’s workplace.
Monday, the Metropolis Council capped “third-party supply charges,” holding charges for supply at 10 p.c of buy costs and complete charges to eating places at 15 p.c, in response to the discharge. — Chicago Tribune employees
6 a.m.: Will Illinois run out of hospital beds? Accessible knowledge suggests a grim winter if developments don’t change.
Town of Tulsa, Oklahoma, briefly ran out of intensive care beds earlier this month. For a time, simply 11 ICU beds had been free throughout all of North Dakota. And final week, availability in some components of Minnesota was right down to single digits.
In Illinois, the state well being director warned final week that some hospitals have already reported operating low on beds amid the state’s second large COVID-19 surge.
“We aren’t on the level the place we’re going to have anyone simply flailing within the hallway as a result of we will’t get them a mattress … (however) that may be a actual chance,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike advised reporters Friday. “That has occurred in different components of this nation, in different components of this world. We’re not going to let that occur in Illinois, but it surely takes all of us to make it possible for that doesn’t occur.”
As COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen to unprecedented ranges in Illinois and different states, the identical questions from the spring surge are reemerging: Will Illinois hospitals run out of beds? And in the event that they do, the place and when?
Final week, the Pritzker administration launched projections from two units of researchers that estimated the longer term variety of hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers, together with these in intensive care models. These fashions don’t immediately tackle when beds would possibly run out, however a Tribune evaluation of the extra pessimistic projections means that, if developments don’t enhance, all the state’s at present out there ICU beds could possibly be in use by early December.
6 a.m.: Native cooks have been cooking for these in want for the reason that pandemic started. Now with holidays approaching, donations are down.
When the COVID-19 pandemic started final spring, Evanston space cooks answered the call to feed those that had been abruptly low on cash or meals on account of the financial hardships that got here with the quickly-spreading illness.
As instances surge once more this fall, those self same organizations stated they’re answering an increasing number of requires assist. However this time, the cash that beforehand sustained their efforts is drying up.
That leaves many organizations planning Thanksgiving dinners, however questioning what’s going to occur after the vacation ends.
“Up to now two weeks we now have picked up a considerable quantity of seniors and households,” stated Evanston’s Chef Q. Ibraheem, who owns her personal catering enterprise. “I don’t know what occurred prior to now 12 days. However each single day my cellphone, particularly seniors, my cellphone has simply been ringing.”
Since March, she has served greater than 20,000 meals to these in want, freed from cost. Her efforts, nevertheless, have run into an disagreeable actuality. On Nov. 13, “I came upon that my funding was lower 50%,” Ibraheem stated.
Ibraheem, whose meals particularly cater to wholesome meals for intergenerational households with school-age youngsters, isn’t the one group taking a success.
At Evanston-based Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois, Govt Director Debi Morganfield stated they’re experiencing the identical spike in demand, however with out the extra donations that aided the group when COVID-19 first struck.
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