5 Illinois counties now have average transmission risk for COVID: CDC – NBC Chicago

As COVID cases continue to rise in Illinois and the US, five counties in Illinois now experience moderate levels of risk for the virus, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of Friday, Lake, DuPage, Champaign, McLean and Logan counties are all listed below the CDC’s “average” transmission risk level, the second-highest level on the CDC’s scale. The designation means that the elderly or immunocompromised individuals are urged to wear masks in indoor public areas.

Last week, four provinces were at the medium-sized community level. Lake County is the second county in the Chicago area to climb the average level so far this month.

The rest of Illinois, including Cook County and Chicago, remained at a low level.

In areas with low community transmission, residents are encouraged to stay up to date on COVID vaccines and boosters, as well as improve indoor ventilation where possible.

As of Friday, no communities would experience high transmission.

Counties achieving high community standards are urged to reinstate the wearing of masks for all individuals indoors, regardless of vaccination status, and to consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities.

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