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Latest COVID stats, could mask mandates come back?  – NBC Chicago

With several Illinois counties under a “high” alert level for COVID, per guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, what does that mean for mask mandates in Illinois? ?

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

Will mask mandates return? What to know as 15 Illinois counties reach ‘high’ COVID level

Masks are now recommended in the city of Chicago and 15 Illinois counties that were elevated to “high community level” status ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

According to measurement criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suburban counties of Cook, McHenry, Lake, DuPage, Grundy and Will are all at “high community level” for COVID-19, which means that masks are encouraged regardless of vaccination. status.

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Coronavirus in Illinois: 36,000 new cases, 45 deaths last week with 15 counties at high

Illinois health officials reported 36,843 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, along with 45 additional deaths, marking a slight drop in both measures from the previous seven days, as 15 counties of the state were reaching a “high” community level of COVID.

The previous week, the state had reported 40,193 new cases and 56 deaths. The previous week, the state had reported 40,026 new cases and 45 deaths had been reported.

Hospitalizations across the state, however, saw an increase last week.

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15 Illinois counties reach ‘high’ community level for COVID

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, fifteen Illinois counties, including several in the Chicago area, moved to “high community level” for the virus just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The designation comes from guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC, 30 other counties in Illinois are also classified at an “average community level.”

See the complete list here.

As cases rise, don’t try to get COVID to end the problem, says Chicago’s top doctor

With cases on the rise and 15 Illinois counties, including Cook County, at “high community level” for the COVID virus, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady urged people Thursday to wear masks again in crowded indoor settings, move Memorial Day weekend gatherings outdoors — and warned against trying to “make COVID get over it.”

“Please don’t try to ‘get COVID over with,'” Arwaday said.

“We hear people trying to do this. It does nothing to help us get through COVID as a city,” she continued. “It’s also potentially dangerous given that we don’t always know who is likely to have more severe outcomes, and there are people who have long COVID. Don’t think having COVID means you don’t “Never have COVID again. We’re seeing a lot of people getting re-infected with COVID. The vaccine is the most important thing for protection.

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If you think it’s allergies, it’s probably COVID, says Top Doc

As high levels of mold and a rise in COVID-19 cases hit the Chicago area, the city’s top doctor says he suspects the symptoms are a sign of the contagious virus.

“If you think you have a cold, if you think you have allergies, there’s a good chance right now with the amount of COVID around that it’s COVID,” said Dr Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. “No shame in being diagnosed with COVID, especially if you’ve done everything — you’re up to date with your vaccines.”

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How accurate are home COVID tests? Here’s what you need to know

If you think you have been exposed to COVID or might have it, how accurate are the results of a home test?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “positive self-test results are highly reliable.”

Negative results, however, may not rule out infection, especially in people with symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC says.

“If it’s positive, it’s positive, as we don’t worry about false positives,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Thursday.

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Paxlovid: What are the side effects of Pfizer’s COVID antiviral pill?

More and more people across Illinois are testing positive for COVID-19, and Chicago is expected to enter a “high” alert level soon under guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And, according to the CDC, the new omicron subvariant is now the dominant strain of COVID in the United States, with BA.2.12.1 responsible for nearly 58% of new cases over the past week.

As more cases are reported and the disease continues to spread, many have questions about treating the virus with Pfizer’s new Paxlovid COVID-19 antiviral pill.

Learn more here.

COVID incubation period: how long should you quarantine with an infection?

As COVID-19 cases continue to spread in Chicago ahead of Memorial Day weekend, there may be lingering questions about the quarantine period and how long patients will be infectious.

On Tuesday, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said the city could reach a “high” alert level by the end of the week.

Here is the latest information from the CDC.

Here’s what to do if you test positive for COVID as cases climb

As cases rise and several counties in the Chicago area approach a high alert level from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, what should you do if you test positive for coronavirus or have been exposed to someone? one who has it?

“I assume many of you know someone who has had COVID recently,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said in a Facebook Live on Tuesday.

Here’s a rundown of advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do if you test positive or if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has.

How soon can you test positive for COVID after an infection?

If your COVID test is positive, how long could it last?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some people who get COVID-19 may have detectable virus for up to three months, but that doesn’t mean they’re contagious.

When it comes to testing, however, PCR tests are more likely to continue to detect virus after infection.

Learn more here.

When are you contagious with COVID and how long should you quarantine?

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in Chicago and the city’s top doctor said the trend is likely to continue in the coming weeks, prompting questions from concerned residents.

Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said the city’s positivity rate has climbed to nearly 5% in recent weeks, and she expects the measures to continue. increase in the next few days.

Learn more here.

CDC COVID 2022 guidelines: Symptoms to watch out for, duration of quarantine and more

With new, more contagious variants of COVID-19 spreading across the United States and nearly all of the Chicago area reaching a higher alert level, many are wondering what to do if they show symptoms or test positive for the virus.

If you were exposed, when could symptoms start, how long are you contagious, how long should you quarantine, and what is the best time to test?

Learn more here.

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