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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot clenches her fist after she receives her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 19, 2021, at the Gage Park vaccination site. © Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot clenches her fist after she receives her second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 19, 2021, at the Gage Park vaccination site.

Chicago may be getting another mass vaccination site. The Chicago Cubs and Advocate Aurora Health said on Tuesday they are partnering on a plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at Wrigley Field.

Advocate and the Chicago Cubs confirmed they were working on bringing the nation’s third largest city another mass inoculation center to the ballpark in Wrigleyville as hundreds of thousands of residents still await their first dose under current eligibility requirements.

a close up of a person wearing a mask: Dr. Ali Khan preps a syringe with a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 14, 2021, at Steinmetz High School in Belmont Cragin. © Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Dr. Ali Khan preps a syringe with a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 14, 2021, at Steinmetz High School in Belmont Cragin.

Meanwhile, residents 65 and older can start making appointments Thursday for shots at the United Center, the city’s first mass vaccination site, capable of inoculating up to 6,000 people per day. The site will open next week.

a person holding a cell phone: Corinne Puchalla, a pharmacist with the University of Illinois at Chicago, prepares a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 8, 2021. © Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Corinne Puchalla, a pharmacist with the University of Illinois at Chicago, prepares a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 8, 2021.

Officials also said Illinois is expected to receive more than 100,000 doses of the recently approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. State officials said more than 90% of its supply of 83,000 doses will be distributed to mass vaccination sites. The city of Chicago, which gets its own supply of vaccines, is receiving 22,300 doses.

Illinois public health officials Tuesday reported 1,577 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 47 additional deaths. That brings the state’s totals to 1,189,416 cases and 20,583 deaths since the pandemic began.

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a group of people standing in a parking lot: Workers pound anchors for temporary tents for the vaccine center being built in a parking lot outside the United Center on Feb. 26, 2021. According to officials, it will be capable of inoculating 6,000 people per day. © John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Workers pound anchors for temporary tents for the vaccine center being built in a parking lot outside the United Center on Feb. 26, 2021. According to officials, it will be capable of inoculating 6,000 people per day.

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a group of people standing around a table: U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth has her temperature taken before touring the vaccination center at Triton College in River Grove on Feb. 27, 2021. © Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth has her temperature taken before touring the vaccination center at Triton College in River Grove on Feb. 27, 2021.

Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area and Illinois:

6 a.m.: United Airlines to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to employees at O’Hare

United Airlines will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible employees Thursday at O’Hare International Airport.

a group of people standing around a table: People line up to check in March 2, 2021, at a McHenry County Department of Health mass COVID-19 vaccination site inside a former department store in McHenry. © Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS People line up to check in March 2, 2021, at a McHenry County Department of Health mass COVID-19 vaccination site inside a former department store in McHenry.

Vaccines will be available by appointment at the airline’s health clinic in Terminal 2, according to a letter to employees from Omar Idris, vice president of Chicago-based United’s O’Hare hub.

a man sitting in front of a crowd of people: Harold Sherman, 91, receives his shot form Pam Eddy on March 2, 2021, at a McHenry County Department of Health mass COVID-19 vaccination site inside a former department store in McHenry. © Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Harold Sherman, 91, receives his shot form Pam Eddy on March 2, 2021, at a McHenry County Department of Health mass COVID-19 vaccination site inside a former department store in McHenry.

Employees who live or work in Chicago and are at least 65 years old or are members of the flight crew are eligible and were expected to receive information on how to register as early as Tuesday evening, according to the letter.

United, which is working with the city of Chicago and Chicago Department of Public Health, will administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the health clinic it runs for employees with Premise Health. The city is supplying the vaccines on a weekly basis, so it isn’t clear how many doses the airline will receive in total.

a group of people sitting at a desk: Jada Johnson receives her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Armando Ambriz, medical assistant with Esperanza Health Centers, at the Gage Park vaccination site in Chicago on Feb. 19, 2021. © Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS Jada Johnson receives her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Armando Ambriz, medical assistant with Esperanza Health Centers, at the Gage Park vaccination site in Chicago on Feb. 19, 2021.

Read more here. —Lauren Zumbach

6 a.m.: The pandemic is crushing sleep. Here are 5 tips to help you get better shut-eye.

This pandemic has impacted everything, so it is no surprise that it also has interrupted our sleep.

We’re worried about everyone in our lives, we’re drinking too much alcohol and coffee, and even when we are in bed, we often are not experiencing good quality sleep.

Those are just a few reasons that psychologist Michael Breus notes it makes perfect sense people are facing sleep issues. Studies have revealed insomnia and other sleep issues during the pandemic.

“We’re just not able to handle this level of stress, and of course it’s coming out in our sleep,” Breus said.

Here are some more tips:

Wake up at the same time every day

Set a cutoff for caffeine and booze

Get out for exercise

Improve your sleep space

Have a plan to get back to sleep and don’t look at the clock

Read more here. —Alison Bowen

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