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BA.4, BA.5 Variants of concern now; over 40,000 new Illinois cases; 23 counties now at “intermediate” level – Kane County Connects

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 40,026 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 45 deaths since May 6, 2022.

Today alone, Illinois recorded 8,411 new COVID-19 cases and seven other deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 3,209,341 cases, including 33,705 deaths, in 102 Illinois counties since the beginning of the pandemic.

As of last night, 909 people in Illinois are reported to have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Of these, 87 patients were in intensive care and 25 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilation. The preliminary seven-day statewide case rate is 314 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 Illinois residents.

According to CDC, 23 counties in Illinois are now ranked at the intermediate community level, including 14 counties in northern part of the state, eight in central part and one in southern Illinois.

At a medium-level community, people at risk of serious health consequences are advised to take extra precautions to protect themselves from the virus, including wearing masks indoors.

The 23 counties of Illinois now listed at the Medium community level includes Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago in Northeast Illinois; and Sangamon, Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Logan, Mason, McLean and Peoria in the center of the state; and Johnson in southern Illinois.

At a medium-community level, those who are elderly or immunocompromised (at risk of serious consequences) are advised to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. Additionally, they should ensure they keep up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines or get their 2nd booster if eligible.

“As case numbers rise, we would urge the public not to be alarmed, but to be aware of this trend and take action by making sure they are up to date with vaccinations and booster shots,” said Amaal, Acting Director of the IDPH Tokar.

“In addition, elderly or immunocompromised people in areas classified as moderate community are strongly encouraged to dress up indoors. And if you test positive, you should consult with a healthcare provider to get a prescription for one of the widely used therapeutic treatments. The treatments are much more effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths when taken early in the disease course.”

IDPH has helped pharmacies and healthcare providers increase their inventories of various FDA-approved treatments. There is more than 1.200 treatment places in Illinois – including all major retail pharmacies.

More than 96.7% of the state’s population is within 10 miles of any of these locations.

A total of 22,099,637 vaccines have been administered in Illinois. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 11,586 doses.

As of May 6, 2022, 81,101 doses have been administered in Illinois. Of the total Illinois population, more than 76% have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, more than 69% of the total Illinois population is fully vaccinated, and more than 51% of the vaccinated population is boosted, according to data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The data shows that the risk of hospitalization and serious consequences from COVID-19 is much higher for unvaccinated people than for those who are up to date on their vaccinations.

State health officials emphasize the following precautions for those at high risk of serious illness:

  • Get vaccinated and stay up to date on recommended booster shots to protect yourself, your loved ones and friends.
  • If you are in an area with rising COVID-19 infections, wear a mask when entering indoor spaces with others present and avoid large gatherings.
  • Stick to well-ventilated areas when not wearing a mask around other people indoors.
  • If you experience flu-like symptoms, isolate yourself and stay away from work and social gatherings; and get a test as soon as possible.
  • If you test positive, talk to your doctor right away so you can get COVID-19 treatment within five days of feeling sick. Also share the positive result with anyone you have been in close contact with within two days of becoming ill or testing positive.
  • Continue to wash your hands frequently and cover up when coughing and sneezing.

All information is provisional and subject to change. Visit for more information and COVID-19 data https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19.html.

Vaccinations are key to ending this pandemic. To find a COVID-19 vaccination center near you, go to www.vaccines.gov.

The federal government has launched a new website providing an all-purpose toolkit with information on how to obtain masks, treatments, vaccines and testing resources for all regions of the country at: https://www.covid.gov/.

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