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Chi-Town Lurches Back to Lockdown as Thanksgiving Looms

Here we go again…

2020 has been a fairly awful year for the world at large, with Americans bearing the brunt of the trouble as of late.

Not only have we been besieged by hurricanes, wildfires, and political mayhem, but we’re back in the thick of it in regard to coronavirus as well.  Cases are spiking around the nation, thanks in part to the cooler temperatures and the closer quarters we keep while visiting one another indoors.

The uptick has officials in the Windy City returning to previous rules and restrictions.

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Chicago’s mayor issued a month-long stay-at-home advisory on Thursday, and Detroit’s public schools called a halt to in-person instruction to curb the spread of the coronavirus as more than a dozen U.S. states reported a doubling of new COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks.

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The two Midwestern cities became the latest in a growing number of states and metropolitan areas – including New York, California and Iowa – moving this week to re-impose public health restrictions that had been eased in recent months.

The measures were driven by surging numbers of daily infections, rising hospitalizations and ominous spikes in the rate of COVID-19 diagnostic tests coming back positive. The onset of winter, with people more likely to congregate indoors, will only worsen the trends, experts say.

California on Thursday became the second state, after Texas, to see its tally of confirmed infections to date climb above 1 million.

The lockdown choice is one that Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is not fond of, however, as he stated in a recent media appearance.

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