The Bourbonnais Elementary School Board approved a back-to-school plan Tuesday which includes adopting a mask-optional policy in the 2021-22 school year.
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• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. with substantial and high transmission of the coronavirus.
Momence High School is hosting a clinic of COVID-19 vaccinations and other back-to-school immunizations on Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to noon, according to a Facebook post from the Kankakee County Health Department.
Although Kankakee County Health Department administrator John Bevis warns the Delta variant is present in Kankakee County, the county's COVID-19 numbers are somewhat optimistic.
School district policy on face masks in the 2021-22 year was a topic of discussion during Monday’s Kankakee School Board meeting, with the majority of board members expressing that wearing masks should be a requirement.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging.
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Illinois colleges and universities both public and private are being encouraged to issue mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policies, but that won’t be the case at the two higher education institutions in Kankakee County.
There are more opportunities to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coming weeks.
Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games.
With the state now indicating decisions on COVID-19 precautions will be left up to schools, districts are in the process of making those calls and getting plans into place for the 2021-22 school year.
Health officials say the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to surge and accounts for an estimated 83% of U.S. COVID-19 cases.
The state’s higher education agencies released updated COVID-19 guidance Monday encouraging all public and private higher education institutions in Illinois to issue mandatory vaccine policies.
The Kankakee County Health Department has indicated schools should continue COVID-19 mitigation efforts, including masking when indoors, though masking can be optional for those providing proof that they are fully vaccinated, in accordance with CDC guidance.
The Kankakee County Board is looking for community members to serve on the subcommittees it has formed to discuss how to invest its $21.3 million of COVID-19 relief funding as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.
U.S. regulators on Monday added a new warning to Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine about links to a rare and potentially dangerous neurological reaction, but said it's not entirely clear the shot caused the problem.
Concerns over a letter emailed to Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School parents Monday afternoon relaying updated CDC guidance for schools prompted discussion and calls for clarification from some District 307 School Board members during their Monday meeting
The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD) is partnering with Iroquois Memorial Hospital to hold Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the hospital throughout July.
There will be several opportunities this week and beyond to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Kankakee and Iroquois counties.
The Iroquois County Public Health Department (ICPHD), in partnership with Iroquois Memorial Hospital, is hosting a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Illinois residents age 12 and older from 4 to 6 p.m. today.
Kankakee County’s population that is fully vaccinated is 34.69 percent. The county was just over 30 percent at the end of May. Illinois overall is at 48.39 percent and has administered over 12.5 million doses.