Winnebago County is now at a ‘medium’ level of transmission for COVID-19
WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) – Winnebago County is one of several northern Illinois counties that have gone from low to moderate community level transmission for COVID-19 in recent weeks.
The Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, which includes the Winnebago County Health Department, is advising people who live and work in areas where transmission levels have changed that COVID-19 case rates are increasing and now is the time to work together to avoid an increase in cases. , hospitalizations and deaths.
The CDC defines the average level as more than 200 cases per 100,000 population. CDC Community Levels show the level of impact of the COVID-19 disease on health and healthcare systems to help communities and their residents decide what preventive measures to take based on the latest data.
“We want our communities to be proactive and take extra precautions to avoid power surges that have been seen in other parts of the country, which could impact hospital resources and our congregational facilities caring for patients. most vulnerable,” said Dr. Sandra Martell, NIPHC Chairman and Public Health Administrator for the Winnebago County Health Department. “COVID-19 knows no bounds. We are all interconnected and need to work together.
Cook (including the city of Chicago and its suburbs), DeKalb, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry Kendall and Will Counties are also now in a mid-level transmission.
The consortium says to follow these tips:
- Know your risks. If you are immunocompromised or high risk if you have a serious illness, ask your health care provider if you should wear a mask or a respirator and whether you are a candidate for the treatment options available.
- Be considerate of others. People are free to wear a mask at any time.
- Stay up to date on vaccinations or get vaccinated if you haven’t already.
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid other sick people. To follow CDC Recommendations for Isolation and Quarantineincluding getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms.
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