As COVID cases continue to rise in Illinois and the United States, four Illinois counties are now experiencing medium risk levels for the virus, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of Friday, DuPage, Champaign, McLean and Piatt counties are all listed under the CDC’s “medium” transmission risk level, the second-highest level on the CDC’s scale. The designation means the elderly or immunocompromised are encouraged to wear masks in public indoor spaces.
Last week, only Champaign County was at the average community level.
Counties that achieve a high community level are urged to reinstate mask wearing for all individuals indoors, regardless of immunization status, and to consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities.
In places where community transmission is low, residents are encouraged to keep up to date with COVID vaccines and boosters and to maintain improved ventilation in indoor spaces when possible.
As of Friday, no community appeared to be experiencing high transmission.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the state recorded nearly 20,000 new COVID cases last week, along with 58 additional deaths.
The state, which is increasing its testing capacity and treatment offering for COVID-19, while continuing to urge vaccinations and boosters, reported last week that COVID measures are “slowly increasing.”