Illinois COVID update today: IL reported 7,709 new cases, 7 deaths; The CDPH recommends wearing masks indoors

Chicago (WLS) – Illinois recorded 7,709 new COVID cases and 7 deaths because the CDC said it had a “moderate” risk of infection in 9 counties in the Chicago area.

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.

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.

As Chicago’s COVID rate more than doubled in the past month, health officials moved the city to the “average” community level identified by the CDC, which has identified more than 200 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days.

“Right now, at this average level, at this moderate level of risk, it’s important for the general public to know that it exists and to decide what you can do to assess your risk and protect yourself,” the doctor said. Susan Blissdale, UI Health Infection Prevention Director.

Chicago city officials now strongly recommend wearing masks in public places, including CTA and CPS schools.

So far this is not a requirement, but a recommendation. However, this may be on the horizon if hospitalizations continue to increase.

“Unfortunately, there’s a misconception that we’re out of this, so I don’t think people are as careful as they used to be,” Blizdale said.

For many families, the transition to mid-level coincides with Mother’s Day weekends. Doctors warn that if your symptoms are mild, rapid tests will not detect COVID.

“If you’re not feeling well, don’t go to Mother’s Day,” he said. Emily Landon, Director of UChicago Medicine Infection Prevention. “Think twice before bringing an elderly or medically challenged person to lunch or tea in a place where there may be a lot of people with COVID.”

The CDPH also said that Chicagoans should continue to be updated with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, and that COVID-19 should be tested for all possible symptoms and continue to comply with all isolation and quarantine requirements.

However, CDPH Commissioner Ellison Arvadi said Chicago’s transition to a “moderate” level does not mean the restoration of a citywide mask mandate, restrictions on public gatherings, or vaccination requirements. Arvadi said the CDPH would take action if the city moved to a “high” level of community, saying “we’re not close to reaching Chicago right now.”

“We certainly don’t want to get there, and being a little more careful now will help us control COVID in Chicago,” Arvadi said.

He added that the transition to a “medium” level is not a cause for concern.

“We have been expecting to reach the Intermediate level for some time,” said CDPH Commissioner Allison Arvadi. “This is not a cause for concern, as most cases are mild and fortunately, our COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths remain at or near the bottom of the all-time pandemic in Chicago. But this is a reason to be more careful and take care of the mask. Remember.” , people can spread COVID for two days before symptoms appear, so wearing a mask in public places is an easy way to help protect our city when we are on average COVID levels. “

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

Cook County has a weekly rate of 259.31 infections per 100,000 people.

Lake County has a weekly rate of 331.64 infections per 100,000 people.

McHenry County has a weekly infection rate of 254.41 per 100,000 people.

Kane County has a weekly rate of 248.68 infections per 100,000 people.

DuPage County has a weekly infection rate of 365.69 per 100,000 people.

Will County has a weekly rate of 239.6 infections per 100,000 people.

DeCalb County has a weekly rate of 275.51 infections per 100,000 people.

Kendall County has a weekly rate of 251.96 infections per 100,000 people.

Winnebago County has a weekly rate of 218.35 infections per 100,000 people.

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