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New Chicago Program Holds First Vaccination Event In Largely Latino Belmont Cragin, Focusing On Child Care Workers

CHICAGO (CBS) — A new program kicked off Saturday to make sure in the future, those minority communities who need the vaccine most have a fair shot.

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As CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported, the race is on as Illinois await their shot of the COVID-19 vaccine – and the first steps to making that race a fair one in Chicago were taken with the official kickoff of the Protect Chicago Plus program.

“If we are going to be able to distribute this vaccine equitably, we need to go into communities that have been most negatively impacted by COVID,” said Mary Kate Daly, vice president of the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

It’s no accident that the program’s first vaccination event was held in Belmont Cragin – the neighborhood with city’s largest Latino population and also among those hardest hit by the virus.

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Missouri child welfare officials suspend new placements at Great Circle in Webster Groves | Metro

WEBSTER GROVES — Missouri child welfare officials have suspended new placements to an embattled nonprofit organization here that works with youths who often have developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges.

In a Jan. 22 memorandum, Erica Signars, described as a special assistant professional of the Missouri Department of Social Services, wrote that admissions to the Great Circle campus at 330 North Gore Avenue have been suspended “effectively immediately” until further notice.

The memo didn’t provide an explanation for the suspension. Nor did spokespeople for the department or Great Circle.

“We can tell you that there has been no interruption to our daily operations, and we continue to work every day to help children and families,” Bev Pfeifer-Harms, director of marketing and communications at Great Circle, told the Post-Dispatch by email Monday.

Great Circle is the largest provider of residential treatment for children in Missouri, with 13 facilities statewide that mainly serve

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Overnight Health Care: New COVID-19 cases nationally drop below 100K for first time in 2021 | CDC warns states against lifting restrictions amid threat of virus variants

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Overnight Health Care: New COVID-19 cases nationally drop below 100K for first time in 2021 | CDC warns states against lifting restrictions amid threat of virus variants | Health officials warn COVID-19 eradication unlikely


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Overnight Health Care: New COVID-19 cases nationally drop below 100K for first time in 2021 | CDC warns states against lifting restrictions amid threat of virus variants | Health officials warn COVID-19 eradication unlikely

Nationwide, COVID-19 cases are declining. While federal officials are warning against getting complacent and lifting restrictions, Iowa is reopening and New York City moved up reopening indoor dining to this week so restaurants can take advantage of Valentine’s Day.

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Good news: COVID-19 cases nationally drop below 100K for first time in 2021

The number of new daily coronavirus cases has dropped below 100,000 for the first time this year, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Just under 87,000 cases were recorded

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Stimulus check update: Did COVID hurt your income or did you have a child in 2020? Filing tax return early may boost COVID stimulus check

Americans whose incomes dipped in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic may want to file their tax returns early this year to bank a bigger stimulus check.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the $1,400 stimulus payments proposed as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion “rescue plan” will be based on household incomes listed in either 2020 or 2019 tax returns, whichever is on file with the Internal Revenue Service when the Treasury Department starts cutting checks.

With lawmakers and the Biden administration pushing to finalize the next stimulus deal before mid-March, when supplemental unemployment benefits expire, Americans hit hard by the economic crisis last year could stand to benefit by filing their 2020 returns as soon as possible once the IRS starts accepting them on Feb. 12.

If your income dropped and you file a return before the checks go out, the payments will be based on

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