Over the past week, new records have been set for the daily number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.
And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is predicting that the death toll could rise to 438,000 people by the end of the month.
WATCH: Our Chicago Part 1
At the same time, there appear to be more cases of a variant that was first discovered in the United Kingdom. That variant is said to be more contagious.
RELATED: Illinois COVID-19 Update: IL reports 6,717 new cases, 101 deaths
Dr. Jeffrey Kopin with Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital talked about that and more on this week's "Our Chicago."
WATCH: Our Chicago Part 2
Steve Brandy with the Will County Health Department also joined to describe the new vaccine survey created to help the department reach residents as they become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Visit WillCountyHealth.org for more information on obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine in the south suburbs.