Chicago COVID Indicators: CDC, health professionals urge caution at Mother’s Day weekend meetings

CHICAGO (WLS) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Chicago is now at a moderate risk of infection before Mother’s Day, warning experts it could be another possibility.

Officials are urging people to wear masks and stay away from meetings if they show signs of COVID-19.

Doctors also said that if the symptoms were mild, a home test could not detect the virus.

So far, Chicago officials do not require masks, but recommend wearing them indoors.

Chicago and its suburbs are at the “average” level of the community, with more than 200 new cases per 100,000 in the last seven days.

“You really want to be careful,” the doctor said. Susan Blissdale, UI Health Infection Prevention Director. “If you’re going to visit your mother and she’s a weak person, you can choose to wear a mask when you go with her.”

If Chicago moved from the middle to the “upper” community level, more mitigation would be possible, but this would require a sharp increase in perceived growth, but at a moderate level.

Cases of COVID in Illinois

The CDC said nine counties in the Chicago area were at risk of “moderate” infection because 7,709 new COVID cases and seven deaths were reported in Illinois on Friday.

At least 3,169,315 total COVID cases were reported as of Friday, including at least 33,660 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.

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As of Thursday night, 808 patients with COVID-19 were reported to be hospitalized in Illinois. Of these, 66 patients were in intensive care, and 24 patients with COVID-19 were on artificial respiration.

As of Thursday, a total of 2,018,536 doses of the vaccine2 have been administered in Illinois, and 64.76% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. The seven-day average number of daily vaccines is 14,163.

According to the CDC, Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Will, DeCalb, Kendall and Winnebago counties have “moderate” levels of COVID risk.

“You know, especially the 0 to 19 group, they report the most cases every day,” said Chris Hoff, of the DuPage County Department of Health. “But we’re seeing growth in every age group in the community.”

In an e-mail to families and staff of public schools in Chicago, CEO Pedro Martinez said the district “strongly encourages the use of masks in our schools, among our unvaccinated students, and when emergencies are on the rise.” However, the school system submitted to the city administration and relinquished its mandate.

“As we have done since the pandemic began, CPS will continue to follow the recommendations of the Chicago Department of Public Health in deciding how this change will affect our schools,” Martinez wrote in an email.

The district has made efforts over the past few months to get rid of all COVID-19 precautions in schools by a number of parents and the Attorney General. Martinez CPS announced that his mask mandate would expire a week after the school system reaffirmed its commitment to the cover in March. Although his statement said the number of cases had dropped sharply, he later hinted that the move was aimed at preventing a CPS court decision that would prevent the masks from being mandated in the future. He assured the families that the CPS would restore the requirement if the case was raised again.

Although no masks are required, the district will continue its policy of isolating unvaccinated students and staff, requiring COVID-19 victims to work or study at home for five days and then wear masks at school. the next five days.

Sun-Times Media contributed to this report.

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