Masks now recommended in only one Illinois county, CDC update finds – NBC Chicago

Masks are no longer advised in all but one of Illinois’ 102 counties, according to updated mask guidelines provided Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As an update of the CDC’s COVID-19 county-by-county community-level map shows, Johnson County, in the far south of the state, is the only county in Illinois listed as having high levels of COVID transmission.

In these communities, people are advised to wear masks in public indoor spaces, including schools, and take extra precautions if there is a risk of serious illness, according to CDC guidelines.

Johnson County reported 249.66 cases per 100,000 people, on average, Friday, along with 12.3 hospital admissions per 100,000 and hospital occupancy of 4.4%.

Despite the situation there, the statewide change is a marked improvement for Illinois which a week earlier had six counties, including Johnson County, listed in the high transmission levels category. .

The United States as a whole has also seen positive changes in COVID measures, with 98% of Americans living in areas where masks can be safely removed, according to the CDC’s update Thursday.

While 90 of Illinois’ counties are listed as having low COVID transmission, 11 have been classified as medium risk.

In those areas, people at high risk for serious illness are encouraged to talk to their health care provider about whether they should wear a mask and take other precautions, according to the CDC.

The following counties are listed as having average levels of community transmission of COVID:

  • Adams County
  • Franklin County
  • Jackson County
  • Henderson County
  • Macoupin County
  • County of Massac
  • Montgomery County
  • Perry County
  • pike county
  • Wabash County
  • Williamson County

The CDC late last month unveiled a county-by-county community-level map and announced a metric change that gives more weight to hospitalizations and hospital capacity instead of case counts.

To learn more about the situation in your community, you can find the CDC’s community levels map by county here.

NBC Chicago

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