Public health officials have announced 36,843 new cases of coronavirus in the last week

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

CHICAGO, Illinois (Effingham Radio) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 36,843 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 45 deaths since May 20, 2022.
According to the CDC, 15 Illinois counties have already been rated high-level community for COVID-19, an area that includes Chicago, Cook County and surrounding counties in northeastern Illinois, as well as counties around Peoria. An additional 30 counties in Illinois have already been assessed at the community average, the CDC reported.

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)

• If you have an immunocompromised or high risk of serious illness

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

• If you have household or social contact with a person at high risk of serious illness

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.

IDPH supports pharmacies and health care providers in their efforts to increase their inventory of various FDA-approved treatments. There are over 1,200 treatment sites in Illinois – including all major retail pharmacies. More than 96.7% of the state’s population is within a 10-mile radius of one of these locations.
A total of 22,310,797 vaccines were given in Illinois. The seven-day moving average of the daily vaccines was 15,759 doses. As of May 20, 110,314 doses reported in Illinois have been reported. Of the total Illinois population, more than 76% received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, more than 69% of the Illinois population was fully vaccinated, and more than 52% of the vaccinated population had an initial booster, according to the Centers for Disease Control. disease prevention. The data show that the risk of hospitalization and severe COVID-19 results is much higher for unvaccinated people than for those who are up to date with their vaccinations.
Vaccination is the key to ending this pandemic. To find a COVID-19 vaccination site near you, visit www.vaccines.gov.
The federal government has created a new website that provides a universal toolkit with information on how to obtain masks, treatments, vaccines and testing resources for all parts of the country at: https://www.covid.gov/.

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