Gamma Variant Accounts For 4 Times More Illinois COVID-19 Cases Than Better Known Delta Variant
By Chris Tye
July 20, 2021 at 6:01 pm

CHICAGO (CBS) — In Illinois while COVID-19 cases continue to rise quickly, the Delta variant is not the variant of most concern.
If asked to name a variant, you would probably come up with Delta first. It is easily the most talked about. While it is of concern in Chicago, other variants that are just as concerning are taking hold more quickly.

“We are sounding the alarm today because we are starting to see this uptick,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at City Hall Tuesday.

But the sound of music will still race through Grant Park next week, and so will an expected 100,000 Lollapalooza attendees. Lightfoot said she does not have second thoughts about green-lighting it despite an uptick in COVID cases.

As of Monday, Illinois had a total of 10,592 COVID-19 variant cases. That is twice as many as it had on May 11....