This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

More than half of South Shore residents aged 12 and older have gotten a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The neighborhood, covered by ZIP code 60649, is one of the last ZIP codes in the city to meet that benchmark.

Citywide hospitalizations are down 15% from the week before, and the city's positivity rate as of Sept. 13 was 3.2%, down from 3.8% the week before.

  • In 60653, covering North Kenwood and Oakland, 46 people tested positive for COVID-19 out of 1,267 tests conducted from Sept. 5-11 — a 4% positivity — up from 40 the week before, and no one died, same as the week before. The number of tests performed rose 17%, and 42.6% of all residents are fully vaccinated, up 0.4% from the week before; 52.5% of eligible residents, aged 12 and older, are fully vaccinated.
  • In 60615, covering northern Hyde Park, southern Kenwood and northern Washington Park, 42 people tested positive out of 1,274 tests, down from 56 the week before — a 3% positivity — and no one died, the same as the week before. The number of tests performed rose 3%, and 59% of residents are fully vaccinated, up 0.3% from the week before; 66.1% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.
  • In 60637, covering southern Hyde Park, southern Washington Park and Woodlawn, 52 people tested positive out of 1,344 tests, down from 59 the week before — a 3.7% positivity — and one person died, down from two the week before. The number of tests performed rose 3%, and 42.5% of residents are fully vaccinated, up 0.4% from the week before; 50.2% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.
  • In 60649, 35 people tested positive out of 1,426 tests — a 2.3% positivity — down from 55 the week before, and three people died, up from none the week before. The number of tests performed rose 4%, and 37.7% of residents are fully vaccinated, up 0.5% from the week before; 44.4% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

As of Sept. 15, 56.8% of all Chicagoans and 66% of Chicagoans older than 11 are vaccinated.

As of Sept. 18, 84.7%, or 919, of the city's intensive care unit hospital beds were in use, 101 by COVID-19 patients, and 83.8% of the city's acute non-ICU beds were in use. Before the state's reopening in June, if more than 80% of a region's ICU or acute beds were occupied for a sustained period of time, state-imposed restrictions could be put into effect.

Local CPS cases and quarantines

There were two confirmed COVID-19 cases at Ariel Community Academy, 1119 E. 46th St., the week of Sept. 12-18 with 20 identified close contacts.

There was one confirmed case at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., the week of Sept. 5-11 with 54 close contacts and two cases the week of Sept. 12-18 with 37 close contacts. There were two cases at Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., the week of Sept. 12-18 with 20 close contacts.

"Close contacts," as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are people who were within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 or more minutes for a 24-hour period during that person's contagious period, with or without a mask.

Unvaccinated students who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days, during which they will be taught remotely.

Vaccinated but symptomatic close contacts should stay home and get tested, with a positive result requiring a 14-day quarantine. Vaccinated students without symptoms can return to school; Chicago Public Schools recommends they get tested again 3-5 days after exposure.

Testing and vaccine information

The city's website for free COVID-19 testing is; more information is available at The city's website for vaccine information is The city's online platform for vaccine scheduling is City operators are available at 312-746-4835 to handle any questions regarding the vaccine.

Up to 10 people at once can be vaccinated at their homes by appointment through the Protect Chicago at Home program; hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Anyone who gets vaccinated (both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available) will receive $25 Visa gift cards, which can be used anywhere Visa is accepted. More information is at 312-746-4835 or

Neighborhood pharmacies, including Katsaros Pharmacy, 1521 E. 53rd St., are offering the vaccine by appointment and on a walk-in basis. Appointments at Katsaros are available online at

Howard Brown Health is offering the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone aged 16 and older, with sign-up at 872-269-3600. Friend Health is scheduling vaccine appointments at all three of its South Side locations at; vaccines are also available on a walk-in basis. UChicago Medicine is also vaccinating everyone, regardless of patient status. The scheduling number is 1-888-824-0200.

The Cook County government is offering sign-up for vaccines at

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