Covid Freefall Continues, Illinois AG Appeals School Mask Ruling

(Chicago, IL)  The rapid decline of the latest wave of Covid-19 continues across Illinois. Illinois Health officials say Covid patients currently taking up hospital beds sit at their lowest numbers since December 4th, dropping nearly 200 over the weekend alone…and 17 in the Lake and McHenry County Region. Covid ICU patients sit at their lowest numbers since December 1st. Sunday’s reported case number was the lowest reported since November 28th. The 7-day average death toll is also the lowest it’s been statewide in just under 2 months.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)  The Illinois attorney general is appealing a judge’s ruling that invalidated the governor’s school masking requirement. Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed an emergency appeal to the 4th District Appellate Court in Springfield, seeking to halt a temporary restraining order against the mask mandate. Sangamon County Circuit Judge Raylene Grischow on Friday declared that Governor J.B. Pritzker had overstepped his authority in an emergency order issued in the fall that has required students and staff to wear face coverings. Pritzker, in the meantime, has filed yet another disaster proclamation…his 26th such order since March of 2020.

Tim Vander Tuuk, WXLC News and the Associated Press (2-8-22)