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Study: 75% of overdose deaths take place before medical assistance arrives

Mansur Shaheen | Apr 13, 2021

More than 75% of opioid overdose deaths in Illinois occur before emergency personnel can reach a patient, according to results of a study by Northwestern University Medicine. The study was published by the university in March. Drug overdose deaths from July 2017 to December 2018 from 24 counties. In total,...[ Read More ]

Illinois to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults next week

Mansur Shaheen | Apr 9, 2021

All Illinoisans over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine next week. Illinois will now join many other states who have now made all adults eligible to receive the vaccine. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the change at...[ Read More ]

State of Illinois Receives $124 Million from Federal Government to Expand COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

| Apr 9, 2021

The State of Illinois will receive an additional $124 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to further expand its robust COVID-19 vaccination program, including more than $90 million for the state and $33 million for the city of Chicago. Approximately 75% of the funding...[ Read More ]

Six rural counties added to Illinois vaccine initiative

Mansur Shaheen | Apr 6, 2021

Six rural counties will be sent a specialized rural vaccination team to increase their vaccine distribution capacity. It is estimated that more than 8,000 people will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks due to the program. Those being served by the program will receive the...[ Read More ]

Illinois Senate committee discusses surge in opioid deaths

Mansur Shaheen | Apr 1, 2021

Opioid overdoses have spiked in the state of Illinois since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year. As the COVID-19 pandemic nears its end, the state legislature is working to fight the long term effects it had on the opioid epidemic. The Senate Access and Availability committee heard testimony on Tuesday...[ Read More ]

Chicago hospital CEO suspended over vaccine misuse

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 30, 2021

Loretto Hospital CEO George Miller Jr. has been suspended for two weeks without pay due to alleged misuse of COVID-19 vaccines, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. The CEO came under fire earlier this month when it was revealed that he allowed his hospital to vaccinate hotel staff...[ Read More ]