Illinois COVID Update Today: IL reports 7,709 new cases, 7 dead; The CDPH recommends masks in indoor public spaces

CHICAGO (WLS) – Illinois reported 7,709 new COVID cases and 7 deaths on Friday, with the CDC saying 9 counties in the Chicago area have reached an “average” risk of transmission.There were at least 3,169,315 total cases of COVID as of Friday, including at least 33,660 state-related deaths since the pandemic began.

As of Thursday night, 808 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of these, 66 patients were in the ICU and 24 patients with COVID-19 were with ventilators.A total of 22,018,536 doses of vaccine have been administered in Illinois as of Thursday and 64.76% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. The average of seven days of vaccines given daily is 14,163.

With Chicago’s COVID case rate more than doubled over the past month, health officials are moving the city to an “average” community level, defined by the CDC as more than 200 new cases per 100,000 people in the past. seven days.

“Right now, at this moderate level, this mid-level risk, it’s important for the general public to know that it’s there and to assess your risk and decide what things to do to protect you,” Dr. Susan said. Bleasdale, director of infection prevention at UI Health.

Chicago City officials now strongly recommend the use of masks in indoor public spaces, including CTA and CPS schools.

For now, it’s still a recommendation, not a requirement. But if hospitalizations continue to rise, this could be on the horizon.

“Unfortunately, there’s a misconception that we’re out of this, and so I think people aren’t as cautious as they used to be,” Bleasdale said.

The mid-level transition comes before the busy Mother’s Day weekend for many with families planning reunions. Doctors warn that rapid tests may not detect COVID if your symptoms are mild.

“If you’re not feeling well, don’t go to a Mother’s Day celebration,” said Dr. Emily Landon, director of infection prevention at UChicago Medicine. “And think twice before taking an elderly or medically complex person for a meal or tea in a place where there may be a lot of people with COVID.”

CDPH also said Chicago residents should also make sure they and everyone on their social network are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, testing for any potential symptoms. of COVID-19 and continue to follow all isolation and quarantine requirements.

However, CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady said Chicago’s move to the “middle” level does not mean a citywide mask warrant, restrictions on public meetings, or the resumption of vaccination requirements at this time. . Arwady said the CDPH would consider such measures if the city moved to the “high” community level, “which we are not close to reaching in Chicago right now.”

“Obviously we don’t want to get there, and being more careful now will help us maintain control of COVID in Chicago,” Arwady said.

He added that moving to the “middle” level is not a cause for alarm.

“We’ve been hoping to reach the middle ground for a long time,” said CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady. “It’s not a cause for alarm, as most cases are mild at the moment, and fortunately our hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 remain at historic pandemics or near Chicago. more caution and caution with masking, as more people in Chicago are infected with COVID at this time, remember that people can spread COVID for two days before they develop symptoms, so Indoor public environments are an easy way to help protect our city while we are at an average level of COVID. ”

Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Will, DeKalb, Kendall and Winnebago counties have “average” levels of COVID risk, according to the CDC.

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

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

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

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

DuPage County has a weekly COVID case rate of 365.69 infections per 100,000 people.

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

DeKalb County has a weekly COVID case rate of 275.51 infections per 100,000 people.

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

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

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