Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Not Messing Around

this time she will throw away the key

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Warns City Might Have To Move Back To Phase 3 If COVID Cases Continue To Rise; ‘We Are On The Precipice’ "There is going to be a Reckoning" "I will have all you MF's put in Jail" 

by Todd Feurer, CBS Chicago web producer

CHICAGO (CBS) — Comparing herself to a mother who won’t simply turn the car around if her kids are acting up, but one who will make them walk home, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday warned the city is “dangerously close” to possibly going back to Phase 3 of reopening, following a recent rise in new COVID-19 cases, particularly among young people.

“The last thing I want to do is have to take steps back. I certainly don’t want to be like other places in the country where we’re shutting down commerce and business,” she said. “If we continue to see this

Pritzker prepares for the next round

Chicago, suburbs put into separate COVID-19 regions under Pritzker’s newly reshuffled reopening plan
The Chicago Democrat cast the retooling as part of “a more granular approach in this phase of the response to COVID-19.” It essentially reshuffles the reopening regions the state is divided into to 11, rather than the four large ones under his current reopening plan.
By Neal Earley and Stefano Esposito Jul 15, 2020, 1:38pm CDT


Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks to residents about the ongoing effort by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 at Edward Coles School last week. Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times file



After complaints from some suburban and downstate officials seeking greater control in fighting the coronavirus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday said he would divide Illinois into smaller regions under his reopening plan, separating hard hit Chicago and suburban Cook County from other areas.

The Chicago Democrat cast the retooling from four regions to 11 as part of a “a more granular approach in this phase of the response to COVID-19.”

The governor’s move comes as the state reported another 1,187 coronavirus cases and eight additional deaths from COVID-19. It’s the fourth time this month that the daily caseload has topped the 1,000 mark. The rolling seven-day positivity rate — the percent of positive cases among those newly tested — also crept up to 3.1%, from 2.6% less than a week ago.

The newly reshuffled reopening plan is based on the 11 regions in the state’s Emergency Medical Service regions that are used by state public health officials. Chicago’s collar counties will also be divided into three separate regions under the governor’s updated plan.

Pritzker said the new, smaller regions will give the state more flexibility to combat coronavirus if a locality experiences an outbreak, “to carefully, but deliberately — depending on the severity of the situation — control the spread of the virus while continuing to allow a region to be open to the greatest extent possible.”

Pritzker’s announcement comes after both Democratic and Republican lawmakers called for more local control over the coronavirus plan. The four regions the state is currently divided into are too big, they argue, and ignore the realities on the ground in individual communities.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker answers questions from the media on Tuesday. Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times file

Some legislators from the collar counties said they don’t like being grouped with Chicago in Illinois’ northern region under the governor’s original plan, arguing that some suburban and rural parts of the collar counties are not facing nearly the type of viral outbreak that is occurring in Chicago.

On June 26, all regions in Illinois moved into Phase 4 of the governor’s reopening plan, meaning that bars, restaurants and some other public spaces could reopen with limited capacity.

Pritzker said Phase 5 couldn’t come until there’s a vaccine, “a very effective treatment or the elimination of cases over a sustained period of time.”

But he also said: “Opening up our economy does not have to come with a spike in cases. Other countries have done it successfully, while reducing cases and infection rates, but that requires vigilance on the part of all of us.”

Pritzker’s new grouping creates six downstate and five Chicago area regions. Chicago and suburban Cook County each are divided into distinct regions, and Kankakee and Will counties make up a south suburban region, Kane and DuPage a west suburban region and Lake and McHenry a north suburban one.

Pritzker’s revisions received positive reviews from some Downstate Republicans who have called for more local control.

State Rep. Ryan Spain, R-Peoria, who said back in May that Pritzker’s plan “doesn’t play in Peoria” said he is pleased that the governor is now dividing the state up based on the existing Emergency Medical Services regions.State Rep. Ryan Spain, R-Peoria, during a Zoom news conference in May. Screen image from BlueRoomStream.

“That is something that I always thought made better sense, because it is using the alignment of hospital service areas and emergency medical transport, and there’s some reasoning for why those districts are aligned the way they are,” Spain said.

State Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, who is suing Pritzker over his reopening plan, said he was “pleased that he is evidently listening” to downstate lawmakers such as himself and reconsidering earlier decisions, but Bailey said he still thinks the governor is overstepping his authority.

“That doesn’t necessarily change the fact that he doesn’t have the authority to enforce his tiers or his plans,” Bailey said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”State Rep. Darren Bailey, left, at the state Capitol in Springfield earlier this year; Gov. J.B. Pritzker, right, at the Thompson Center in March. From Facebook; Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times file.

Pritzker’s reshuffling comes as Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned Wednesday that the city may need to roll back its reopening unless young people start paying closer attention to social distancing and face covering guidelines.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, echoed the mayor’s remarks Wednesday, noting there have been “dozens and dozens of reports just this week” of outbreaks at house parties, among team sports and at churches.

Ezike said many of the new cases were among the young, from ages 10 to 29.

“They are having higher case rates now than ever before in this pandemic,” she said

She urged parents to “assist and guide these teenagers and young adults to make the right decisions, as everyone’s decisions affect all of us.”Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike speaks at an April 23 news briefing. Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times file



Illinois public health officials are struggling to avoid the backsliding in other states with more aggressive reopening plans, particularly in the South and the West.




The optimism over Illinois’ steadily declining coronavirus numbers dimmed a bit last week, when the state saw a three-day stretch with new COVID-19 cases topping 1,000, including one day that marked

the highest daily total in five weeks.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Yes he will

Pritzker warns he will implement restrictions again if COVID numbers continue to rise
By Brittany Garzillo

Pritzker says he will implement restrictions again if COVID numbers continue to rise

Governor JB Pritzker said Tuesday if COVID-19 numbers continue to increase in Illinois, he would take action.

CHICAGO - Governor JB Pritzker said Tuesday if COVID-19 numbers continue to increase in Illinois,

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Round II is soon

Chicago bars and restaurants get midnight curfew as new coronavirus cases rise

Chicago bars, restaurants get midnight curfew as new coronavirus cases rise

Chicago's newest restrictions on coronavirus-related cases now will involve bars and restaurants closing everything down as of midnight, even on the weekends.

CHICAGO - Chicago's newest restrictions on coronavirus-related cases now will involve bars and restaurants closing everything down as of midnight, even on the weekends.

It's been two weeks since Phase four went into effect in Illinois, allowing for indoor seating once again. But the state is now starting to see a slight increase in the number of cases.

Of those, the biggest increase is to a younger population, those aged 18 to 29. In Chicago, they

Thursday, July 2, 2020

City Order

Travelers to Chicago from states with COVID surges must quarantine, city orders (LIVE UPDATES)

Here’s what we know today about the continuing spread of the coronavirus and its ripple effects in Chicago and Illinois.

The latest

Travelers to Chicago from states seeing a surge in new coronavirus cases are being told they must quarantine for two weeks under a new public health order that takes effect Monday.
The order applies, for now, to people coming or returning to Chicago from 15 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.
The order, issued Thursday by Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, directs travelers “entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.”

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

More shortcuts



Foodborne illness is finally back in the news in a big way.
Six Midwestern states are reporting 76 Cyclospora infections with 16 hospitalizations and consumers are warned not to eat and retailers order not to

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Advice from Pritker

Pritzker says coronavirus risk in Illinois is low, but officials prepared
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The risk of contracting the potentially deadly COVID-19 in Illinois remains low, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday as Chicago's mayor and state and city health officials joined him to detail the steps they're taking to halt the new virus.

A respiratory illness caused by the a novel coronavirus, COVID-19 was first spotted in China and has spread to virtually every continent. Illinois has had two reported cases. Patients in both have recovered and returned home, Pritzker said.

“While the risk to the general public remains low, we want you to know that our state and local agencies and officials are using every tool at our disposal to ensure the public health and safety are well-guarded,” Pritzker said at the Chicago news conference.



The state will add labs outside Cook County next week, Pritzker said, in central and southern Illinois, capable of testing for the virus. And voluntary testing at hospitals to gather statistics about the virus' spread will begin in Illinois, as in other populous states, as recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The best advice for residents, Pritzker said, is observing “with renewed vigilance" well-known precautions against the flu: Wash hands often especially after using a toilet. If you don't have a toilet,

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Seems this guy Steinberg is human after

Hip-hip hooray! Replacement surgery a smooth ride for columnist
After July’s spine surgery, getting a new, titanium hip is a stroll in the park. And it should last longer than I do.

By Neil Steinberg  Jan 31, 2020, 1:00pm CST


Neil Steinberg’s new hip: It’s made mostly of titanium, with a ceramic head and plastic liner. It should last longer than he does. Neil Steinberg / Sun-Times

“Another one of those chopped-up weeks,” said Sam, a friendly Metra conductor on the 6:26, when asked how it’s going.

”Exactly!” I enthused, delighted at his unintentional double entendre.

He meant New Year’s Day coming midweek, like Christmas, breaking up his December schedule. I was thinking of why I was on an early train: to head to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to be cut open, the second time in six months.

”Chopped up” is not a polite description of the surgical process, ignoring the years of laborious training doctors go through, the great skill and care they exhibit. I apologize for that. But humor is essential for getting through even a fairly simple operation, like having my arthritic hip replaced with an artificial one. In the weeks up to the event, I developed a patter to explain to friends and, more

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Don't drink bat soup!

Virologist Who Visited Wuhan Says Coronavirus is “Out of Control”

Fears scale of infection could be 10 times higher than SARS.

A top virologist who was involved in the response to SARS says he has visited Wuhan, China and believes that the coronavirus is “out of control.”

Dr. Guan, the director of the State Key Laboratory of Emerging Infections Diseases at the University of Hong Kong, told the Globe and Mail, “I’ve experienced so much and I’ve never felt scared before, but this time I’m scared.”

Guan also warned that the scale of the infection may be “10 times higher than SARS” and left Wuhan

Saturday, January 18, 2020

New Chinese virus 'will have infected hundreds'

By James Gallagher

VirusesImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThere were six coronaviruses known to infect people before the latest discovery
The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC. 
There have been nearly 50 confirmed cases of the new virus, but UK experts estimate the

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Finally some common sense

Orland Park Village Board votes unanimously to ban weed sales
The vote was passed Monday, citing “the importance of sustaining Orland Park’s family values and public safety.”

By Sam Kelly@sgonzalezkelly Oct 12, 2019, 12:22pm CDT

The Orland Park Village Board votes unanimously Oct. 7, 2019, to ban the sale of marijuana within village limits. Village of Orland Park


The Orland Park Village Board voted unanimously Monday to ban the sale of recreational marijuana within the southwest suburb’s village limits.

The vote was passed in anticipation of the impending statewide legalization of weed in 2020, citing “the

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Another economic calamity for the south suburbs!

MetroSouth Hospital stops accepting new patients, where are the poor people supposed to go?

One official calls the move a ‘calculated tactic’ to force the Blue Island hospital into closure.

By David Struett@dstru312  Sep 20, 2019, 8:11pm CDT

MetroSouth Medical Center stopped accepting new patients Friday evening as its owners and community advocates continue to fight over the future of the south suburban hospital.

One official calls the move a “calculated tactic” to force the Blue Island hospital into closure.

MetroSouth temporarily closed its emergency department and obstetrics emergency department and “immediately” stopped accepting new patients, a hospital spokesperson said in a statement issued Friday.

Reached by phone, an employee of the hospital’s ER said they had stopped accepting patients and

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Just last month, 53 Americans died in mass shootings…while 40,000 died from obesity




IN his fascinating book Unnatural Causes, forensic pathologist Dr ­Richard Shepherd observes how, over the years, the dead bodies he examines have changed.
One of the most noticeable is the rapid increase in body fat.

 Obesity levels are rising at such a rate that a 'timebomb has exploded' for our health services
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Obesity levels are rising at such a rate that a 'timebomb has exploded' for our health servicesCredit: Getty

He says: “Unless a patient is homeless or has died of cancer or is so old or poor they could not eat, few are the same shape as the dead of the 1980s when I started practising.
“Looking back at forensic photos from that era I am astonished at how thinness was then the norm.”
Fast-forward just three decades and obesity levels are now rising at such a rate that one expert says the “timebomb has exploded” for our

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

“We have a complete breakdown of the basic needs of civilization in Los Angeles right now.

Bubonic plague is likely already in Los Angeles. Could this be coming to Chicago next? The similarities are uncanny.

The filthy conditions of Democrat-run U.S. cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles are so alarming that even the New York Times‘ opinion columnist has acknowledged that fact in a May 22 op/ed, “America’s Cities Are Unlivable. Blame Wealthy Liberals”.
On May 23, the Calcutta-like conditions of Los Angeles — California’s biggest city and the second largest U.S. city in population, numbering 4 million — prompted famous TV addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew

Monday, April 15, 2019

Beware of these foods from China, rat meat disguised as lamb, etc.


In 2009, spurred by the worst bout of food poisoning he’d ever experienced from consuming a bowl of ice cream on a hot day in Shanghai, China, then-trade consultant Mitchell Weinberg created New York-based Inscatech — a global network of food spies who scour supply chains around the world hunting for evidence of food industry fraud and malpractice.
In the eight years since he founded  Inscatech, Weinberg identified China as an epicenter of food fraud, where baby formula was laced with melamine and rat meat was sold as lamb. He said: “Statistically we’re uncovering fraud about 70 percent of the time, but in China it’s very close to 100 percent. It’s pervasive, it’s across food groups, and it’s anything you can possibly imagine.” (Independent)
Isabelle Z. reports for Natural News, Nov. 30, 2018, that a lot of food sold throughout the world comes from China, but the standards continue to leave much to be desired because Chinese food regulations are notoriously lax, and widespread government corruption means that the few regulations they do have are rarely upheld.
Below is a list of foods from China we should shun:
  1. Fish: China’s rivers and lakes are heavily polluted. More than half of the tilapia and cod that are

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

140 people in Illinois,

A Drug Resistant “Super Fungus” Kills Nearly Half The People It Infects – And It Is Spreading Across America

The medical community knew that a day of reckoning was coming.  For years, they were repeatedly warned that the rampant overuse of certain types of medications would result in the development of “super diseases” that we would not be able to stop, and now that day has arrived.  Just like many types of bacteria, fungi have also been developing defenses against our most effective modern medicines.  One in particular, a fungus known as Candida auris, is now a massive public health threat.  An expert quoted by the New York Times has admitted that it is “pretty much unbeatable”, it spreads very easily, and it kills close to 50 percent of the people that it infects.  In other words, we are in the early chapters of a medical horror show of our