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All but 1 of Illinois’ 102 counties see low COVID community levels: CDC – NBC Chicago

While state health officials say COVID cases are slowly rising in Illinois, some areas have seen progress in recent days, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of Friday, all 102 counties except one had low community levels, the least severe of three levels to describe community transmission of COVID, as defined by the CDC.

Champaign County, however, is said to be at an average community level, the second highest level of COVID transmission risk. According to the CDC, the county was experiencing 374.84 cases per 100,000, 5.3 new COVID admissions per 100,000 people, and 1% of staffed in-person beds being used by patients with confirmed COVID-19.

Residents of green and yellow counties, with low and medium COVID levels, respectively, do not need to wear masks. People in yellow counties who are at high risk of severe illness from COVID should speak with their doctor about whether they should wear a mask or take other precautions.

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.

On Friday, no community appeared to be experiencing high transmission, a marked improvement from a week earlier. Last week, Gallatin, Hardin, Pope and Saline counties were listed as having high community levels.

In communities in the “high” category, residents are encouraged to wear a mask indoors regardless of their vaccination status and to consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you may be exposed.

NBC Chicago

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