28 counties with ‘high’ COVID transmission, slow pace for kids getting vaccinated – NBC Chicago

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 counties in Illinois remain at “high” levels of community transmission for the coronavirus.

However, Cook County’s transmission has been reduced to “medium”.

Here’s what else you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

28 Illinois counties are at high COVID transmission

According to the CDC, 26 counties in the state remain at “high” levels of COVID community transmission. These counties are:

  • Lake
  • DuPage
  • Warren
  • Fulton
  • Peoria
  • marshal
  • McLean
  • Adam
  • Pike
  • Calhoun
  • Jersey
  • Madison
  • Champagne
  • Coles
  • Crawford
  • Wabash
  • wayne
  • hamilton
  • White
  • franklin
  • jackson
  • Gallatin
  • Saline
  • Williamson
  • Johnson
  • Pope
  • Hardin
  • massac

Ahead of July 4 weekend, Illinois health officials warned against large gatherings and recommended COVID-19 vaccinations as 81 were listed at medium or high community levels for the virus .

Slow pace for younger children receiving COVID vaccine doses

More than 5 million pediatric doses of the COVID vaccine have been shipped to more than 15,000 locations, but only about 300,000 children under age 5 have received COVID-19 shots in the two weeks since they became available.

According to the White House, this is a slower pace than for older groups.

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Early Symptoms of COVID: How to Recognize When the Virus Appears

After recent declines in COVID cases, several omicron subvariants are making significant gains in the United States, with some studies indicating they could potentially do a better job of evading existing vaccines and immunity.

According to the latest updates from the CDC, the BA.5 lineage of the omicron variant is now the most prevalent strain of the virus in the United States, responsible for nearly 54% of cases.

With these case trends, many people are curious about what symptoms typically appear first with a COVID infection and how quickly those symptoms can appear.

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Will you need a new booster this fall to fight Omicron COVID variants?

With new, highly transmissible omicron subvariants taking over the Midwest and the United States, might you need a new coronavirus booster shot this fall?

According to Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, you could.

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has recommended that booster shots be adjusted to better target the omicron COVID variant. However, Arwady noted the difficulties of this possible development.

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Newer Omicron subvariants cause most cases in the Midwest. Here’s what makes them different

The highly transmissible new omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, now make up the majority of cases in the Midwest, Chicago’s top doctor has revealed, but there is concern with the new variants that experts have noted .

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said during a Facebook Live event on Tuesday that the predominant omicron strains are changing rapidly, with the latter two being significantly more infectious.

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Have the CDC’s COVID quarantine guidelines changed? Here’s what you need to know

As scientific discoveries arise and federal authorities continue to update information on the coronavirus, have quarantine guidelines changed?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not updated its quarantine and isolation guidelines since March, according to the website.

Here is an overview of what they are.

How long are you contagious with COVID? Chicago’s Top Doc responds with the latest advice

Chicago’s top doctor, in a Facebook live event on Tuesday, detailed when patients are most infectious and how to deal with a positive test result after 10 days.

“You need to stay home for five days, because those first five days are usually when you’re most infectious,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. “But between 6 and 10 days, some people can still spread the virus.”

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BA. 4, BA.5 Omicron subvariants now predominate COVID strain in Midwest, Chicago Top Doc says

As the coronavirus continues to infect the country, the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants are now the predominant strains in the Midwest, according to Chicago’s top doctor.

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said during a Facebook Live event on Tuesday that the predominant omicron strains are changing rapidly, with the latter two being significantly more infectious.

Learn more here.

FDA panel recommends changing COVID injections to fight Omicron this fall

The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of independent vaccine experts voted 19-2 on Tuesday to recommend new Covid-19 vaccines that target the omicron variant this fall, as public health officials expect further wave of infections.

This is the first time the panel has proposed that vaccine makers change injections to target a different variant. The FDA will likely accept the committee’s recommendation and allow a change in vaccine. However, the panel did not make a recommendation on which omicron sub-variant the shots should target.

Learn more here.

Chicago’s top doctor says COVID vaccines now available for all over 6 months citywide

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady announced on Tuesday that all children 6 months and older can now receive a free COVID-19 vaccine in the city, after certification by federal authorities.

“Please take advantage, if you have a little one who is now eligible for a COVID vaccine, take this opportunity to let all other family members know about vaccines,” Arwady said in his update. COVID day Tuesday afternoon.

She recalled that at this point, all teens and adults should have received three COVID vaccines to be considered “up to date” on vaccinations. People over 50 or severely immunocompromised should have received four injections.

Does home COVID testing reduce the number of cases? Chicago’s top doctor shares his thoughts

Chicago’s COVID-19 community risk level is now medium. But as the use of at-home coronavirus testing becomes more widespread, questions about the accuracy of the city’s COVID measures are also growing.

The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have plummeted in recent weeks in Chicago, but some wonder if a smaller number of cases can be attributed to an increase in COVID home testing.

On Thursday, the Chicago Department of Public Health reported an average of 675 confirmed cases each day, down 22% from the previous week. However, Dr Allison Arwady, commissioner of the CDPH, noted that confirmed cases only included people who had undergone a “formal” test, such as a PCR test or those carried out in pharmacies or doctors’ surgeries.

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COVID vs cold symptoms: here’s how to spot the difference

If you’ve recently had a runny nose or a sore throat, you might be wondering if it’s a cold, allergies, or a COVID-19 infection.

Health officials say it can be difficult to tell what disease you have based on symptoms, but getting tested is one way to find out – including people who have been vaccinated, experts say.

Learn more here.

Are COVID symptoms changing with new variants? Chicago’s top doctor explains

Are COVID symptoms changing with the new omicron subvariants now spreading in the United States?

According to Chicago’s top doctor, the answer remains unclear. Arwady noted that milder cases of the virus can make determining symptoms more difficult.

“We see a lot of COVIDs that are often quite mild,” she said, though she added that some early studies may show more intense disease, especially with the new BA.4 and BA subvariants. .5.

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More people tested negative for COVID before ultimately testing positive, according to Top Doc. here’s why

More people are receiving multiple negative COVID tests before eventually testing positive after exposure or symptoms with new circulating subvariants, Chicago’s top doctor said Thursday.

The reason for this change could be due to vaccinations.

“We think part of that is because, especially if people are fully vaccinated and/or have had COVID before, they’re not always…they don’t get as sick,” Dr. said Allison Arwady. “They’re like not learning as much from an immune response and sometimes it can take a little longer for that test to come back positive. The good news is, usually…if the home test is negative, you’re not very likely to have enough virus to spread, to be contagious.”

Learn more here.

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