Chicago-Area Counties Approach ‘Community High Levels’ of COVID as Cases, Hospitalizations Rise – NBC Chicago

All Illinois counties within NBC 5’s viewing area are now at a “medium community level” of COVID-19 based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and several could jump to the “high” level. “As soon as next week.

According to the latest data released by the CDC on Thursday, a total of eight Illinois counties are now at that “high community level” of COVID-19. That includes a group of counties along the Wisconsin border, with Boone, Stephenson and Winnebago counties jumping into that category this week.

Lee County, which is next to DeKalb County, is also in that “high” category, as are Peoria and Tazewell counties. Ford and Champaign counties are also in the “high community level” classification, officials said.

According to the CDC, a county will be considered at a “high community level” of COVID-19 if it sees more than 200 new weekly COVID cases per 100,000 residents, and if it sees 10 or more new COVID admissions per 100,000 residents per week. , or if you’re seeing 10% or more hospital bed usage by COVID patients.

Based on those metrics, several counties within NBC 5’s viewing area are rapidly approaching “community high,” including Cook County. There, 367.34 new weekly cases are reported per 100,000 inhabitants and 9.8 new COVID admissions per 100,000 inhabitants per week are also reported.

Also included in that group of hospitalizations are DuPage, Lake and McHenry counties.

Kankakee County, which this week alone moved into the “medium” range by reporting 222.1 new weekly cases per 100,000 population, could soon follow suit and move into the “high” range, as its hospital admissions are now up to 8.8 per week per year. 100,000 inhabitants.

CDC officials say DeKalb, Kane and Kendall counties are seeing 8.1 new admissions per 100,000 residents, meaning those three counties could also find themselves in the “high community level” range by next week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that travelers get tested for COVID-19 as close to departure time as possible.

In the event that a county reaches a “high community level” of COVID, residents are encouraged to wear masks indoors, regardless of COVID vaccination status.

Residents who are immunocompromised or who live in a home with such residents are urged to consider avoiding “non-essential indoor activities” and consult with their doctors about additional steps that should be taken.

While city and county health officials haven’t said definitively that a change at the “high community level” could trigger a new mask mandate, some have indicated that such a strategy could be put in place should pressure be put on communities. medical facilities.

Here are the most recent data points for each Illinois county in the NBC 5 viewing area:

Cook County: 367.34 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents (up from 337.87)

DeKalb County: 406.11 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents (up from 360.35)

DuPage County: 439.91 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents (up from 454.64)

Grundy County: 217.42 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents (up from 215.46)

Kane County: 322.12 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents (up from 308.41)

Kankakee County: 222.1 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents (up from 160)

Kendall County: 446.55 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents (up from 401.58)

Lake County: 424.53 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents (up from 398.4)

LaSalle County: 315.64 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents (up from 269.63)

McHenry County: 359.03 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents (up from 320.69)

Will County: 366.71 new weekly cases per 100,000 residents (up from 305.76)

Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, warned Wednesday that the US will face a challenging fall and winter without additional funding from Congress for testing and treatment.

Hospitalization Data:

CDC region that includes DeKalb, Kane, and Kendall counties

Weekly new COVID admissions per 100,000 residents: 8.1

Percentage of staffed beds in use by COVID patients: 2.7%

CDC region that includes Cook, DuPage, Lake, and McHenry counties

Weekly new COVID admissions per 100,000 residents: 9.8

Percentage of staffed beds in use by COVID patients: 3%

CDC region that includes Grundy and Will counties

Weekly new COVID admissions per 100,000 residents: 7.8

Percentage of staffed beds in use by COVID patients: 3.5%

CDC region that includes Kankakee County

Weekly new COVID admissions per 100,000 residents: 8.8

Percentage of staffed beds in use by COVID patients: 2.9%

CDC region that includes LaSalle County

Weekly new COVID admissions per 100,000 residents: 7.1

Percentage of staffed beds in use by COVID patients: 2.8%

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