COVID Update: IL reports 5,344 new cases, 15 deaths

COVID Update: IL reports 5,344 new cases, 15 deaths

CHICAGO (TOC) — Illinois reported 5,344 new COVID circumstances and 15 deaths Tuesday.

There have been a minimum of 3,189,086 complete COVID circumstances as of Tuesday, together with a minimum of 33,684 associated deaths within the state for the reason that pandemic started.

As of Monday night time, 846 sufferers in Illinois have been reported to be within the hospital with COVID-19. Of these, 88 sufferers have been within the ICU, and 36 sufferers with COVID-19 have been on ventilators.

A complete of twenty-two,057,822 vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Monday, and 64.79% of the state’s inhabitants is totally vaccinated. The seven-day rolling common of vaccines administered every day is 13,115.

Officers have been urging individuals to masks up and keep away from gatherings altogether when you’ve got any signs in any respect.

Chicago and several other suburban counties are actually at a “medium” group degree, outlined by the CDC as having greater than 200 new circumstances per 100,000 individuals up to now seven days.

“There sadly is a false impression that we’re out of this, and so I believe persons are not as cautious as they have been earlier than,” stated Dr. Susan Bleasdale, director for an infection prevention at UI Well being.

Chicago metropolis officers are actually strongly recommending masks be worn in indoor public areas, together with on CTA and in CPS colleges.

“Everybody must be carrying a masks,” stated Dr. Emily Landon, director of an infection prevention at UChicago Drugs. “In the event you’ve bought an occasion arising that you do not wish to be sick for, a trip that you do not wish to miss since you’re house with COVID, you could be carrying a masks on a regular basis.”

For now, it is nonetheless a suggestion and never a requirement. But when hospitalizations proceed to climb, that could possibly be on the horizon.

The transfer to medium degree got here forward of busy Mom’s Day weekend for a lot of with households planning get togethers. Medical doctors cautioned that fast checks might not detect COVID in case your signs are gentle.

“You wish to be actually cautious,” Bleasdale stated. “In the event you’re visiting your mom, and there is somebody that’s weak, if you are going to go to them, you could select to put on a masks your entire time you go to collectively.”

CDPH additionally stated Chicagoans also needs to be sure that they and everybody of their social community is up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, check within the setting of any potential COVID-19 signs and proceed to observe all isolation and quarantine necessities.

As of right now (5/6/22), Chicago’s COVID group degree is “medium” per the CDC. Due to this, we are actually strongly recommending carrying a masks in public indoor settings.

Do your half to #ProtectChicago. Ensure you are updated on vaccination: https://t.co/CaEaU8sAu7. pic.twitter.com/lWytPaEksk

— CDPH | Chicago Division of Public Well being (@ChiPublicHealth) Might 6, 2022

Nonetheless, CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady stated Chicago shifting into the “medium” degree doesn’t imply a citywide masks mandate, restrictions on public gatherings or reinstatement of vaccination necessities right now. Arwady stated CDPH would take into account these measures if town moved into the “excessive” group degree, “which we aren’t near reaching in Chicago proper now.”

“We clearly do not wish to get there, and exercising some extra warning now will assist us maintain COVID in management in Chicago,” Arwady stated.

She added that shifting into the “medium” degree is just not trigger for alarm.

“We have been anticipating to achieve the Medium Degree for a while now,” stated CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady. “It is not a trigger for alarm, since most circumstances proper now are gentle and fortunately our COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths stay at or close to all-time pandemic lows in Chicago. However it’s purpose for extra warning, and for extra care with masking, since extra individuals in Chicago are contaminated with COVID proper now. Do not forget that individuals can unfold COVID for 2 days earlier than they develop signs, so placing on a masks in public indoor settings is a simple method to assist shield our metropolis whereas we’re at a Medium COVID Degree.”

Cook dinner, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Will, DeKalb, Kendall and Winnebago counties have “medium” COVID threat ranges, in accordance with the CDC.

“You already know, particularly that 0 to 19 group, they’re reporting probably the most circumstances each day,” stated Chris Hoff, with DuPage County Well being Dept. “However we’re seeing will increase in all ages group throughout the group.”

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