Winnebago County now at ‘medium’ level transmission for COVID-19

Published: May. 7, 2022 at 8:27 PM CDT
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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - Winnebago County joins a list of counties in Northern Illinois moving from low to medium community level transmission for COVID-19.

The Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium, which includes the Winnebago County Health Department, advises people who live and work in regions with rising transmission levels to work together to avoid a surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

The CDC defines medium level transmission as higher than 200 cases per 100,000 residents.

CDC Community Levels show the impact COVID-19 is having on healthcare systems to help communities and their residents decide which prevention steps to take based on the latest data.

“We want our communities to be proactive; And take additional precautions to prevent surges that have been observed in other areas of the country, which could impact hospitals’ resources and our congregate settings that care for the most vulnerable,” said Dr. Sandra Martell, NIPHC President and Winnebago County Health Department Public Health Administrator. “COVID-19 knows no bounds. We are all interconnected and must work together.”

Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry Kendall and Will Counties are also now in a medium level transmission.

The consortium recommends these tips:

  • Know your risks. If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask or a respirator and if you are a candidate for available treatment options.
  • 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 done so already.
  • Stay home if sick and avoid others who are sick. Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms.

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