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Illinois quick hits: New respiratory virus guidance; cannabis loan applications open

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New respiratory virus guidance

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that it is adopting updated guidance from the CDC that streamline and simplify recommendations for dealing with a range of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, flu and RSV.

The new guidance focuses on protecting those most at risk of serious illness. The new CDC guidance no longer requires that those who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for a minimum of five days before returning to work or other activities and instead focuses on isolation until symptoms improve, which could be shorter or longer than five days.

Scam warnings

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is cautioning residents to remain vigilant against repair scammers in the wake of severe storms that hit northern Illinois Tuesday.

According to Raoul, scammers often exploit in the aftermath of storms, preying on people who have incurred property damage to their homes or businesses. The National Weather Service reported 11 tornadoes touched down around the Chicago area.

Cannabis loan applications open

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has announced that applications for Round 2 of the Cannabis Social Equity Loan Program are open.

With the program, $12 million is available through Direct Forgivable Loans fully financed by taxpayer funds. Loan amounts, up to $240,000, will be provided to qualified, licensed social equity dispensaries.

Applicants will be selected based on factors including social equity status, financial need and progress toward becoming operational.