Health

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Fentanyl seizures rise sharply downstate

The DEA Division that overseas the southern Illinois area reported a 230% increase in deadly fentanyl seizures in 2021 over 2020, and a 175% increase over the amounts seized in 2019.

Chicago Public health officials say city has passed omicron peak

The city’s COVID-19 test positivity peaked at nearly 20% on Jan. 1 and is about 13% currently. The peak of daily cases was 8,553 on Jan. 4 and currently averaging just under 3,000 a day. Hospitalizations haven't dropped but started to plateau.

Walgreens sees fiscal 1Q sales jolt from vaccinations and testing

Walgreens notched strong sales growth in the face of a number of challenges during the quarter including a spike in the theft of profitable beauty products, which company leaders attributed to organized crime rings.

Cook County follows city and mandates vax proof for restaurants and bars

Cook County’s vaccine mandate will also begin Jan. 3, the same day a similar requirement for Chicago that was announced Tuesday is set to begin.

City to require proof of vaccination at restaurants, bars, gyms, and others

In just two more weeks...the city will require vaccinations for many indoor venues but not all. Employees will have a test option but not customers. So far, 20% of restaurants and bars have been unable to survive.

UI/UIC, Northwestern, and DePaul announce plans to briefly go remote in January

Despite reported student vaccination rates of 95% and students reporting depression, suicidal thoughts, and overdoses at all-time highs, some area universities are already announcing more plans for remote learning.

Gov. JB Pritzker officially repeals parental notification of abortion

Despite nearly three-quarters of Illinoisans opposing the legislation, Gov. Pritzker repealed parental notification of abortion. His office cited non-resident abortions in Illinois are up over 250% since 2014.
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