With 15 high-level Illinois counties, public health officials emphasize the importance of keeping up to date on vaccinations and boosters; Vvulnerable People should think about avoiding crowded indoor spaces
IDPH is currently reporting a total of 3,286,377 cases, including 33,806 deaths, in 102 Illinois counties since the pandemic began.
As of last night, 1,136 people in Illinois were reported to have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Of these, 123 patients were in the intensive care unit and 35 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. The preliminary seven-day percentage of cases nationwide is 289 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Illinois residents.
The counties listed at the high community level are Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Will, Grundy, Boone, Lee and Winnebago in Northern Illinois and Fulton, Knox, Henderson, Mason, Peoria and Taiswell in Central Illinois.
“With 45 Illinois counties now rated at medium or high community level, we all need to make sure we’re up to date with vaccinations and booster vaccines,” said IDPH Acting Director Amaal Tokars. “We all need to think hard about camouflage if we enter closed public places and avoid closed crowded spaces when possible at this time – especially if you are at risk of a serious outcome. If the test is positive, contact your healthcare provider immediately to discuss which treatment is right for you. Treatment is much more effective in preventing hospitalization and death when taken early in the disease.
The CDC recommends the following measures for people in areas that have been assessed High level of community for COVID-19 transmission:
• Wear a tight-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status (including in K-12 schools and other indoor communities)
o Consider avoiding minor activities indoors in a public place where you may be exposed
o Talk to your healthcare provider if you need to take other precautions
o Have a rapid testing plan if necessary (eg conducting home tests or accessing testing)
o IF YOUR TEST IS POSITIVE: Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatment such as oral antiviral drugs and monoclonal antibodies
o Consider self-testing to detect infection before contact
o Consider wearing a mask when indoors with them
• Keep up to date with vaccines and boosters against COVID-19
• Maintain improved indoor ventilation whenever possible
• Follow the CDC’s recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including testing if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19
IN Middle level community, the elderly or those with weakened immunity (at risk of severe results) are advised to wear a mask in closed public places. In addition, they must make sure that they are informed about their vaccines against COVID-19 or that they will receive their second booster if they meet the conditions.