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Gov. Pritzker Expected To Order Indoor Mask Mandate And Require School Employee Vaccines

Governor J.B. Pritzker is expected to announce a set of COVID-19 related mandates.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported yesterday that sources indicate Pritzker will announce a statewide indoor mask mandate this morning for everyone two and up.

The governor is also expected to announce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all K through 12 and higher education employees. No word on where the anticipated announcement will take place.

The move would come after Pritzker warned Tuesday of “significantly greater mitigations” if a rise in hospitalizations continues.

Illinois Department of Public Health data shows deaths involving breakthrough COVID-19 cases rose by 30 people in a week, with the majority involving individuals older than 65 or with underlying medical conditions. That brings the total of vaccinated Illinoisans who succumbed to the respiratory virus to 253 out of a total of 7,326 deaths since Jan. 1, or about 3.5%.


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