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Daywatch: COVID-19 vaccine confusion in Cook County, U. of I. saliva test moves closer to FDA approval and a real estate ‘frenzy’ in Illinois

Tuesday, January 05, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Good morning, Chicago. On Monday, Illinois health officials announced 5,059 new cases of COVID-19 and 79 additional fatalities. The numbers brought Illinois to its highest case positivity rate since mid-December.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday that drivers caught by automated speed cameras across Chicago going 6 to 9 mph over the limit will start getting tickets in the mail. Here’s what you need to know about the new rule.

 

Here’s more coronavirus news and other top stories you need to know to start your day.

Symphony 87th Street skilled nursing facility resident Victor Murray receives the Moderna COVID vaccine from CVS pharmacist Kevin Chau on Dec. 28, 2020.
Symphony 87th Street skilled nursing facility resident Victor Murray receives the Moderna COVID vaccine from CVS pharmacist Kevin Chau on Dec. 28, 2020. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

A Cook County Department of Public Health website that collected information for potential COVID vaccine distribution raised confusion Monday as the department twice changed its guidance about who was eligible to use the site.

A survey on the website initially appeared to be open to all Cook County residents, and many filled it out over the weekend and on Monday, thinking it might help them understand when it would be their turn to receive vaccines. But county health department spokesman Don Bolger told the Tribune early Monday afternoon that the survey was intended only for some health care workers.

A few hours later, the department appeared to reverse course, updating the survey’s instructions to say that it was open to suburban Cook County health care workers, essential workers and residents.
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue, at Dalton Regional Airport, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Dalton, Ga. (Evan Vucci/AP)

With mounting desperation, Donald Trump declared Monday night he would “fight like hell” to hold on to the presidency and appealed to Republican lawmakers to reverse his election loss to Joe Biden when they convene this week to confirm the Electoral College vote.

Jacob Blake's sister, Letetra Widman, center, and uncle Justin Blake, left, march at a rally in Kenosha on Aug. 29, 2020.
Jacob Blake's sister, Letetra Widman, center, and uncle Justin Blake, left, march at a rally in Kenosha on Aug. 29, 2020. (Morry Gash/AP)

Authorities in Kenosha are bracing for potential unrest as they prepare for prosecutors to announce whether Officer Rusten Sheskey will face charges in the shooting of Jacob Blake in August.

On Monday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers mobilized 500 National Guard members to help Kenosha officials. Workers installed temporary fencing around government buildings downtown in the city just over the Wisconsin border.

Medical technologist Joyce Chen prepares samples for saliva-based COVID-19 testing at the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago in December.
Medical technologist Joyce Chen prepares samples for saliva-based COVID-19 testing at the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago in December. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)

The University of Illinois has completed a critical step toward obtaining federal approval for its saliva-based COVID-19 test, but some lawmakers worry it’s taking too long to help other state colleges, school districts and companies struggling to operate amid the pandemic.

Gina Purdy, right, shows the living room of a home for sale to Dutch Wargo, center, and Keri Wargo during an open house in the Edgebrook/Wildwood area of Chicago on Dec. 19, 2020.
Gina Purdy, right, shows the living room of a home for sale to Dutch Wargo, center, and Keri Wargo during an open house in the Edgebrook/Wildwood area of Chicago on Dec. 19, 2020. (Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune)

 

A surge in home sales — which began shortly after real-estate transactions resumed in late spring after the state’s initial stay-at-home order — has showed little sign of slowing as the industry approaches what used to be its winter lull. For those looking to buy in 2021, there are a few vital steps Chicago-area agents say can sometimes be the difference between a deal and disappointment.



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