IDPH warns of county-level ’causes for concern’ – NBC Chicago

More counties in Illinois are on a heightened alert level for COVID as state health officials issue a new warning for residents.

Additionally, new testing measures are coming to a Chicago-area county and vaccines for children under 5 face a critical test this week.

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

How long are you contagious with COVID? Here’s what the CDC says

If you test positive for the coronavirus, you may have several questions, including how long you are contagious, how long should you quarantine and more.

With the increase in COVID cases in the Chicago area and parts of the United States, local health officials have issued warnings to take precautions, especially in areas where the risk of transmission is increasing.

Here’s a rundown of the CDC’s updated guidelines, including when to quarantine or isolate and information about the incubation period.

Free COVID saliva testing to begin in Kane County this week

Free COVID-19 saliva testing will soon be available in Kane County, health officials announced Friday.

The noninvasive test will be provided at the Kane Vax Hub, located at 501 N. Randall St. in Batavia and open Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

With the saliva test, which means no nasal swab, results are available within 24 to 48 hours, the Kane County Health Department noted.

Learn more here.

CDC Travel COVID Advice: What to know for those leaving and entering the United States

While the United States is set to end the requirement that international travelers must test negative for COVID-19 on Sunday, several safety recommendations put forward by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention remain in place.

Whether leaving or entering the United States, citizen or visitor, the CDC encourages a number of mitigation measures, including wearing face masks on public transportation and frequent hand washing. .

Learn more here.

You have tested positive for COVID. Now what? Here are the steps to follow, according to the CDC

With the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise and many counties in Illinois listed as “high” risk at the community level, what should you do if you test positive for the coronavirus?

Health officials have issued warnings to take precautions in recent weeks, especially in areas where the risk of transmission has increased.

According to the latest update, 32 counties in Illinois would have a “high” community level status, marking a significant increase from the previous week.

Here’s a rundown of advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do if you test positive or if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has.

COVID vaccines for children under 5: when could injections start? the last moment

With federal regulators set to decide whether or not they plan to allow COVID vaccines for children under 5 this month, when could parents expect the shots? begin ?

Families have been lucky enough to protect the nation’s smallest children as the highly contagious omicron subvariants continue to spread.

The country’s 18 million children under 5 are the only age group not yet eligible for vaccination.

Learn more here.

When are you most contagious with COVID? Here is a timeline

As COVID-19 infections continue to sweep the country, more and more people are asking when they are considered contagious and how long should patients be quarantined.

In recent months, local health authorities have issued warnings to take precautions, especially in areas where the risk of transmission is increasing.

As of Friday, 32 Illinois counties were at “high community level” risk for COVID, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marking a significant jump from last week.

Here’s a rundown of the CDC’s updated guidelines, including when to quarantine or isolate and information about the incubation period.

IDPH issues warning, says surge in cases after Memorial Day ’cause for concern’

Illinois health officials issued a warning on Friday, saying the spike in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks is a “cause for concern.”

Since Memorial Day, Illinois has seen a 10% increase in COVID cases, reversing the downward trend of the past two weeks, according to IDPH Acting Director Amaal Tokars.

“This rise is cause for concern – and a reminder to all of us, especially as we approach Father’s Day and the June 16 weekend, that we can all do our part to fight the virus and protect our families. friends and family who are vulnerable to serious consequences by taking simple steps,” Tokars said.

Learn more here.

How soon can you test positive for COVID after an infection?

After contracting COVID-19, how long will you be positive? There’s no way to know for sure.

The answers vary, according to health officials.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some people who get COVID-19 may have detectable virus for up to three months, but that doesn’t mean they’re contagious.

Learn more here.

Test negative for COVID, but have symptoms? Here’s what you need to know

If you have symptoms of COVID and have been exposed, but continue to test negative for the virus, what does this mean?

There have been anecdotal reports of people contracting the virus but not testing positive for several days, despite being symptomatic. Others are not positive at all. So how can you tell?

Learn more here.

If you’re still coughing after recovering from COVID-19, are you still contagious? How long should you quarantine yourself and when should you get tested? Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady explains what you need to know.

32 Illinois counties on ‘high’ alert level for COVID as some in Chicago area return

Thirty-two counties in Illinois are now under “high community level” for COVID, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marking a significant jump from last week as some Chicago-area counties return to highest alert level.

The number of counties at the “high” level marks an increase from last week’s 19, as some Chicago-area counties that fell to a medium level last week returned to the high level.

Learn more here.

How soon could you catch COVID again after the initial infection?

After being infected with COVID-19, how long are you protected by antibodies and when could you contract the virus again?

Although questions have been asked for the past two years, the answers have changed as new variants are discovered.

The omicron variant, for example, has led to a major shift in “natural immunity”, with many previously infected people likely to be re-infected with the new version of the virus.

Timeline of COVID symptoms: signs to expect with the virus and when

For those who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms, what signs should you watch for and how long can they last?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of COVID can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after a person has been exposed to the virus. You can end isolation after five full days if you have been fever-free for 24 hours without using fever medication and your other symptoms have improved.

Learn more here.

New Omicron subvariants: what we know about BA.4 and BA.5

Two new omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5 are gaining traction in the United States, but how transmissible are they and what do we know about them?

Here’s a breakdown of the most recent mutations and what they could signal in the pandemic.

What to know about COVID testing: Accuracy, inconclusive results, weak lines and more

As COVID cases continue to rise in Illinois and parts of the United States and tests become widely available, many are wondering if their results are accurate, if they are reading them correctly, and how often they are reading them. must test.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the most asked questions about COVID testing and what the experts are saying.

How to calculate your COVID isolation or quarantine time, according to the CDC

With several Chicago-area counties below a “high” community level for COVID and more residents testing positive for the virus or being exposed to someone who has it, many are wondering how long they should quarantine. or isolate themselves.

First, you will need to know the difference between whether you should quarantine or self-isolate. Those who think they have been in contact with someone with COVID and who are not vaccinated should self-quarantine. Those who test positive, regardless of their vaccination status, should self-isolate, according to the CDC.

For those who are vaccinated, however, the guidelines are slightly different.

Learn more here and check out the calculator.

Eligibility for COVID booster injections: who is eligible now for the 1st and 2nd boosters?

As COVID cases rise in Illinois and parts of the United States as summer approaches, many are wondering what vaccines they can get and when.

Currently, not everyone is eligible for a second COVID booster shot, but experts are urging anyone who hasn’t yet received their first booster dose to get one.

“I really, really want to stress, as we enter this high-risk state, that we need the people of Chicago to get up to speed with the recalls,” said Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady. Chicago Public Health, late last month, as the city entered for the first time. the “high community level”.

So who is eligible for which shots and what do we know what lies ahead?

Here is the latest.

How long do COVID symptoms last? Here’s what we know so far

For those who test positive for COVID and have symptoms, how long could they last?

With COVID cases on the rise in Illinois and parts of the United States, local health officials have issued warnings to take precautions, especially in areas where the risk of transmission is increasing.

But for those with symptoms, how long they might last remains unclear.

Learn more here.

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