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Those kinds of masks are considered better at filtering virus from the air. But they previously were in short supply, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials had said they should be prioritized for health care workers.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike continued Wednesday to pound the drum that vaccinations, booster shots and masks are the best way to prevent the spread of the disease that has landed an unprecedented 7,100 people in hospitals across the state.

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COVID-19 case numbers are spiking at rapid rates. The omicron variant is overwhelming hospitals and medical staff nationwide. Health experts at Baptist Health Paducah predict cases will continue to increase over the next few weeks, but there is a silver lining. 

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The confrontations with Sens. Rand Paul and Roger Marshall came in a hearing on the federal response to the omicron variant of COVID-19 as the Biden administration faces growing scrutiny alongside record hospitalizations, testing challenges and messaging frustration — issues the GOP has seized on.

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"After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards Show," CBS and the Recording Academy announced in a joint statement.