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COVID-19 by The Numbers

As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths decrease, Chicago and Cook County continue to impose egregious restrictions on daily life. Requirements are in place for anyone over five years old to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to dine indoors, go inside gyms, or attend entertainment venues where food and drinks are served. In early February, the Liberty Justice Center filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of eight Chicago and Cook County residents to put an end to these illegal and unnecessary vaccine requirements. On February 18, attorneys filed an emergency motion to suspend enforcement of the orders immediately.

“It has been two years since the pandemic started and the overwhelming majority of states do not have a mask requirement, let alone a proof of vaccination requirement, to participate in civic life,” said Daniel Suhr, managing attorney at LJC. “These requirements are blatantly illegal, not to mention unscientific and unnecessary.”

Vaccine mandates in Cook County, Chicago, and throughout the United States are strident infringements on personal liberties. Politicians leverage these mandates for political capital under the guise of public safety. But looking at the numbers, these restrictions are not only illegal, but unnecessary.

Omicron is less dangerous.

Omicron is the dominant variant in Illinois.

  • The Omicron variant accounts for nearly all COVID-19 cases in Illinois and its neighboring states.
    • Likewise, Cook County data shows Omicron makes up 91% of variants detected in 2022.
  • Omicron has not burdened the Chicago, Cook County, or Illinois hospital systems. The state and local health departments maintain data on the number of patients who are hospitalized for any reason and test positive for Covid upon admission or during their stay, but not data on the number of patients hospitalized because of COVID-19. However, the Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois hospital systems do not show evidence of being highly stressed during the Omicron surge.

Vaccination is not a silver bullet.

The threat from COVID-19 is decreasing.

“These requirements are not protecting anyone,” said Courtney Connolly, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit and a Chicago resident. “The orders are about ostracizing and shaming people who disagree with the point of view of the government by prohibiting them from participating in life – and these government officials are so ruthless that they imposed these mandates on residents as young as five. That’s wrong.” 

Connolly v. Lightfoot was filed on Feb. 10, 2022, in the United State District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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