Chicago moves to medium risk level for COVID-19; Recommended masks indoors again

Chicago (CBS) – As COVID-19 cases continue to slowly rise in Chicago, city health officials say the city is now at a “medium risk” level, and are recommending that people resume wearing masks indoors again.

The Chicago Department of Public Health also said that Chicagoans should make sure they keep up with and boost their COVID-19 vaccines, get tested if they are exposed to the virus, and continue to follow isolation and quarantine protocols if they test positive.

“We’ve been expecting to get to mid-level for some time now,” CDPH commissioner, Dr. Allison Arwady said in a statement. “This is not a cause for concern, given that most cases at the moment are mild, and fortunately, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 are still at or near the lowest levels of the epidemic in Chicago. But it is a reason for more caution, and more care. By using masks, since more people in Chicago have COVID at the moment. Remember that people can spread COVID up to two days before they develop symptoms, so wearing a mask in public enclosed spaces is an easy way to help protect our city while we’re at a level COVID is average.”

The move to the medium risk level comes with the recent average daily cases in Chicago rising to 754 per day, an increase of 16% over the past week. The city’s average positivity rate is 4.1%, up from 3.7% a week ago.


Masks are recommended indoors again as Chicago moves to medium risk level

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“Chicago is moving to the middle note It means a citywide mask mandate, restrictions on public gatherings, or reinstatement of vaccination requirements at this time,” Arwady said. With the way the current variables of COVID are behaving, these are actions we would consider if we were to reach the high-level COVID-19 community — which we’re nowhere near reaching in Chicago right now. But we obviously don’t want to get there, and being more careful now will help us keep COVID under control in Chicago.”

Health experts say this was not unexpected, but he renewed calls for people to get boosters if they qualify.

This includes those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Food and Drug Administration Limit its use due to some blood clotting problemsBut dr. It’s not about this rare side effect and more about the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines providing more protection, says Emily Landon, an infectious disease expert at the University of Chicago Medicine.

“This decision to limit its use to certain individuals doesn’t mean the FDA process didn’t work, or we couldn’t find it, it’s not a safe vaccine; it just says we have a better option, so please use this,” Landon said.

Those who have already had COVID-19 but get it again, Landon said, will likely find their symptoms to be less severe, but the risks remain for those who are immunocompromised.

Landon also suggests that people wear masks indoors as a precaution. She adds that with positive tests not reported at home, the number of cases is actually three to four times what is being reported.

It also warns that people who contracted the Omicron variant in December or January could catch COVID again, but it would be a less serious condition.

DuPage, Lake and Suburban Cook counties have also moved to medium risk over the past two weeks.

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