COVID-19 in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening on Thursday

COVID-19 in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening on Thursday

Illinois public health officials said on Wednesday that 60% of state residents 18 and older received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a day after President Joe Biden s A new national vaccination target was set of having a bullet in the arm of at least 70% of all adults by July 4.

But the state’s efforts to encourage vaccinations are stepping up as the seven-day immunization average continues to decline. Over the past seven days, an average of 71,219 vaccines have been administered per day, the lowest since an average of 69,736 doses reported on February 26.

Meanwhile, Chicago’s reopening is only gaining momentum. An announcement Wednesday by the city promoted “Open Culture,” the next phase of the Chicago Open, highlighting a full schedule of entertainment and events for the summer.

Statewide, the average daily number of cases and hospitalizations continue to slowly decline.

Here’s what’s happening with COVID-19 in the Chicago area on Thursday:

12:23 p.m .: Buckingham fountain to be lit before Memorial Day after COVID absence in 2020, officials say

The Buckingham Fountain will ‘definitely’ be on this month after its pools were kept dry in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the debut event will be largely or entirely virtual, according to a door – speech of ComEd.

The Chicago Park District and ComEd have yet to set a date to open the historic fountain in the heart of Grant Park, but it will begin operating “sometime before Memorial Day,” ComEd spokesman Tom said. Dominguez.

“We are working on the final details of the announcement and should have more details early next week,” Park District spokeswoman Irene Tostado said in an email.

12:12 p.m .: Milwaukee Summerfest announces 2021 lineup, featuring Chance the Rapper, Miley Cyrus and more

Milwaukee Summerfest 2021 has released its lineup, which includes Chance the Rapper, Miley Cyrus, Wilco, Black Pumas, Nelly, Rise Against, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and many more.

The music festival will take place September 2-4, 9-11 and 18-18, 2021 at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater. Tickets are on sale and available for purchase at

To mark the return of Summerfest, Wednesday launch concerts will take place before each weekend’s events. Jonas Brothers and Dave Matthews Band are expected to perform during these shows.

In its announcement, Summerfest said it was working with local authorities and healthcare professionals to implement health and safety procedures and protocols, and would release more safety information “soon.”

Last year’s Summerfest was moved to September and eventually canceled. Those who had already purchased tickets will be able to attend the rescheduled dates.

Illinois public health officials on Thursday reported 1,778 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 40 new deaths. This brings the state totals to 1,348,176 cases and 22,136 deaths.

There were 96,296 tests reported in the previous 24 hours and the statewide seven-day positivity rate as a percentage of the total test fell to 3% on Wednesday.

There were 99,599 reported doses of the vaccine administered on Wednesday. The seven-day moving average of the daily doses is 70,063. – Personnel de Chicago Tribune

City Lit, the beloved Logan Square bookstore that closed in December, reopens in June. Same place, same name, same atmosphere, new owner.

Longtime Chicago Public Library librarian Stephanie Kitchen, a Logan Square resident since 2009, bought the store from former owner Teresa Kirschbraun. It’s the fulfillment of a longtime dream for Kitchen and a turn of events that Kirschbraun affectionately hoped for when it closed its doors last winter.

Under Kirschbraun, City Lit took over orders exclusively online in March 2020, shortly after the pandemic home orders took effect. In August, she knew the numbers were not going in the right direction – COVID-19 numbers or sales numbers.

June 19 is the target day for reopening, but Kitchen plans to offer online ordering and curbside pickup earlier. She said to check the website,, for updates. Customers can also order books online through Bookshop to help support the reopening. (Bookshop is an online store that shares its profits with independent bookstores across the country.)

People can also schedule shooting appointments at all four retail chains.

Walgreens also began offering walk-in vaccinations on Wednesday. Illinois’ Walmart and Sam’s Club stores had already started accepting walk-in tours, they said.

7:21 am Pritzker and Ezike to give coronavirus update

Governor JB Pritzker and state health director Dr Ngozi Ezike were due to provide an update Thursday afternoon on Illinois efforts to fight the coronavirus.

At the height of the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdowns in the spring of 2020, Pritzker and Ezike gave daily updates on the coronavirus and the state’s efforts to combat the spread of the disease. Their briefings have been less frequent since, with Pritzker increasing their number as the number of cases has increased or, more recently, as the state pushes to get more people to schedule vaccinations.

Thursday’s press conference was scheduled to take place at the Thompson Center in Chicago.

Check back for updates. – Chicago Tribune staff

7:05 am: Only 32 of the 4.1 million fully vaccinated people in Illinois have died from COVID-19

Of the more than 4.1 million Illinois fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health said 97 had been hospitalized for COVID-19 and 32 were deceased.

A groundbreaking case involves a fully vaccinated person contracting the virus. On April 12, the state’s health department reported 581 people with COVID-19 while they were fully vaccinated.

The department did not immediately respond when asked for an updated total number of groundbreaking cases, but now provides weekly updates on other groundbreaking statistics. As of April 28, the department reported that 97 fully vaccinated people in the state had been hospitalized due to coronavirus.

There have also been 32 people who died from complications from COVID-19, which the department said represents 0.59% of deaths from COVID-19 since January 1.

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, told WMAY on Tuesday that such cases are rare.

“It’s a zero point, zero, zero four seven percent chance that you would contract a COVID infection once vaccinated that will get you to the hospital,” Davis said. “It’s less of a chance than being struck by lightning.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Tuesday that the state’s seven-day positivity for cases as a percentage of total tests performed was 3.3%. This is down from the week before, when the rate was 3.5%. – David CL Bauer, Jacksonville Journal-Courier via Tribune Content Agency

Most seasons, you can acutely feel every square inch of Ravinia 12 miles from Chicago’s northernmost border. For a festival that is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, its programming tends to detach from the musical fabric of the city. Ravinia, after all, is big enough to spin its own orbit.

The pandemic has changed all that. With international travel still scuttled and uncertainties lingering all around, Ravinia’s new leadership – president and CEO Jeffrey P. Haydon and conductor and curator Marin Alsop – decided to bring in artists from behind. -courtyard of the festival for its 2021 season. Find out more about the festival’s classic programming here.

After a bleak summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ravinia’s 2021 pop music season begins July 3 with two Chicago mainstays – blues singer Shemekia Copeland and ’60s rock icons Ides of March with Jim Peterik – who plays for frontline and essential workers. The lineup continues until Sept. 24, when another Chicago-rooted artist Andrew Bird wraps up the season, the Highland Park location announced Thursday. Learn more about the season here. – Chicago Tribune Staff

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