18 Illinois counties at high community level for COVID-19 – NBC Chicago


According to newly released data from the CDC, 18 Illinois counties are at high levels of community-acquired COVID-19 this week, up from 20 counties the previous week.

Although the number of high-level counties has decreased, there are now four counties in southern Illinois that are currently at “high” community level of COVID-19, and no county in Illinois was at “high” level last week.

The remaining 14 counties are at “moderate” levels of community COVID-19.

Overall, Illinois health officials have reported a total of 4,072,972 cases of COVID-19 and 36,386 deaths since the pandemic began.

State health officials report a total of 10,772 new confirmed and probable cases and 52 deaths in the week ending Feb. 26.

“The rate of covid-19 associations in the state remained stable again this week. However, we are reporting that four southern Illinois counties have high community exposures for COVID-19. IDPH continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses in Illinois, with a particular focus on those at risk. Treatment remains effective, but timing is important. Seek treatment from your local health care provider or use the newly available test to provide services when symptoms appear,” said Dr. Sameer Vohra, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

As of Thursday evening, 921 people in Illinois had been hospitalized with COVID-19. Among them, 113 patients are in intensive care, 41 patients are on artificial respiration.

Currently, the statewide seven-day pre-incidence rate is 84 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Illinois residents.

A total of 26,033,038 vaccines had been administered in Illinois on Friday. More than 79% of the state’s total population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 71% have completed the first round of vaccination.

According to the CDC, more than 19% of Illinois residents have received a bivalent booster dose.

In the following countries with “high” community exposure to COVID-19, all residents are encouraged to wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Franklin County
  • Jackson County
  • Perry County
  • Williamson County

The following counties are at “moderate” levels of community exposure to COVID-19, where people with compromised immune systems are advised to wear masks indoors.

  • Ford County
  • Fulton County
  • Hancock County
  • Jefferson County
  • Jo Daviess County
  • Johnson County
  • Marion County
  • Marshall County
  • Mason County
  • Massac County
  • Peoria County
  • Stevenson County
  • Tazewell County
  • Wayne County

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