Illinois COVID update today: IL reports 7,709 new cases, 7 deaths; CDPH recommends masks in public indoor spaces

CHICAGO (WLS) – Illinois reported 7,709 new coronavirus cases and 7 deaths Friday as the CDC said 9 Chicago-area counties have reached a “medium” transmission risk.

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

As of Thursday night, 808 patients in Illinois were reported hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 66 patients were in the intensive care unit, and 24 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

A total of 2,208,536 vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Thursday, and 64.76% of the entire state’s population has been vaccinated. The average daily intake for seven days is 14,163.

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

Dr. said. Susan Blaisdal, director of infection prevention for UI Health.

Chicago city officials now strongly recommend the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces, including at CTA schools and at CPS schools.

For now, it’s still a recommendation, not a requirement. But if hospitals continue to rise, that may be on the horizon.

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

The transition to mid-level comes before a busy Mother’s Day weekend for many families planning to get together. Doctors warn that rapid tests may not detect COVID if symptoms are mild.

Dr. said. Emily Landon, MD, director of infection prevention for UChicago Medicine. “And think carefully before bringing an older person or a medically complex individual to brunch or tea in a place where there may be a lot of people infected with the coronavirus.”

CDPH also said that Chicagoans should ensure that they and everyone in their social network are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, test in case of any possible symptoms of COVID-19 and continue to follow all isolation and quarantine requirements.

However, CDPH Commissioner Alison Arwady said moving Chicago to an “intermediate” level does not mean a citywide mask, restrictions on public gatherings, or reinstatement of vaccination requirements at this time. Arwady said the CDPH would consider these measures if the city moved to the “higher” community level, “which we are not close to in Chicago at the moment.”

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

She added that moving to the “intermediate” level was nothing to worry about.

“We’ve been expecting to get to mid-level for some time now,” CDPH Commissioner Alison Arwady said. “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. With 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.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cook, Lake, McHenry, Keene, DuPage, Will, DeKalb, Kendall and Winnebago counties have “medium” risk levels of COVID.

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

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

McHenry County has a weekly COVID case 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-19 rate of 239.6 cases 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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