As COVID cases continue to rise in Illinois and the United States, five 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, Lake, DuPage, Champaign, McLean and Logan 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, four counties were at the medium community level. Lake County is the second county in the Chicago area to reach the average level so far this month.
The rest of Illinois, including Cook County and Chicago, remained flat.
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.
Counties that achieve a high community level are urged to reinstate mask wearing for all people indoors, regardless of immunization status, and consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities.