Chicago (CBS) –– Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tested positive for COVID-19, and she will be working from home.
Lightfoot announced his diagnosis in a brief statement posted to his Facebook and Twitter pages.
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“I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I attribute to vaccinations and increased exposure. I will continue to work from home adhering to CDC guidelines for isolation,” she wrote. This is an urgent reminder for people to vaccinate and promote as it is the only way to defeat this pandemic.”
Lightfoot has been fully vaccinated, and received a COVID-19 booster shot in November.
This is an urgent reminder for people to promote and vaccinate as it is the only way to defeat this pandemic.
– Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) 11 January 2022
The announcement of her diagnosis came a day after Lightfoot and Chicago public school officials reached a tentative agreement with the Chicago Teachers Association on COVID-19 safety protocols that allowed teachers to return to school buildings on Tuesday, and students Will bring you back to classes. On Wednesday, five days of classes were canceled after CTU members last week voted to work remotely amid an impasse over a safe return to in-person classes during the latest surge of the pandemic.
During the standoff, Lightfoot had repeatedly insisted that schools were safe for students, despite a record increase in COVID-19 cases across the city in recent weeks, and called the union’s remote work an illegal strike Was.
The tentative deal between CPS and CTU establishes metrics for how individual schools will switch to distance learning if an outbreak occurs among staff or students, as well as provide more thorough contact tracing and advanced COVID testing layers.
The agreement would establish safety metrics that would allow individual schools to shift to distance learning for five days if at least 30% of teachers are absent for two days due to COVID-19, and use the option to reduce that absenteeism rate to 25%. Cannot find less than % ; Or if 40% of the school’s students are required to be quarantined.
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The deal also calls for an opt-in testing program, with the district and union agreeing to increase student participation in testing to 100% by February 1st to work together.
The CPS will also provide new incentives during the pandemic to encourage substitute teachers to accept assignments and provide KN95 masks for students and staff.
Lightfoot’s positive test for COVID-19 comes as the city has an average of 4,793 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, down 8% from a week ago. The city’s test positivity rate stands at 18.9%, down from 21% a week ago.
Hours before Lightfoot’s announcement, Chicago’s director of public health, Dr. Allison Arvadi, said she was encouraged that the city’s COVID cases were beginning to show a downward trend, but said it was too early to say the latest surge in Chicago. peak or not.
“Here are some signs of promise in terms of the Omicron boom,” Arvadi said. “I want to be very clear here that we need to see signs of progress here for several days.”
Arvadi said the case rate in Chicago was still “very high”, but said he was encouraged that the infection rate is slowing.
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“We’re on it, and we’re following closely, but I want people to recognize that we need to see some more improvement here before we can make sure things peak,” Arvadi said. said.