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Suburbia hits ‘high’ risk level, more counties at medium – NBC Chicago

A Chicago-area suburb has reached a “high” community risk level for COVID, according to guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the same time, two additional counties have joined almost all of the Chicago area in reaching a high risk level.

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

Evanston now at ‘high’ community COVID risk level due to rising cases, city says

Based on the growing number of new COVID cases reported over the past seven days, the City of Evanston said Thursday its community risk level for COVID has risen from “medium” to “high,” the level of highest alert, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

City metrics show 397 new COVID cases were reported in Evanston over a seven-day period, up from 305 the previous week.

According to local health officials, once Evanston reaches more than 200 new COVID cases per 100,000 people over a one-week period, the community level jumps to high.

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Grundy and LaSalle counties join 8 others in Chicago area at ‘medium’ COVID level: CDC

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two more Chicago-area counties have now joined the list of areas that are at an “average community level” of COVID-19 as a new omicron subvariant continues to spread across the United States.

Grundy and LaSalle counties joined eight other counties in NBC viewing area 5 that fall within this “middle range,” according to the latest metrics released Thursday afternoon.

A total of 23 Illinois counties are now at that “average” level, up from 14 a week ago.

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Can COVID cause hair loss? Here’s what we know

Can a COVID-19 infection cause hair loss?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, many people have reported their hair falling out in large clumps months after recovering from the coronavirus.

However, doctors who have studied the side effects of COVID said the hair loss may not be as surprising as some think. Here’s why.

Tested positive for COVID and looking for treatment options? Here’s what to know about Pfizer’s antiviral pill

As more and more tests come back positive for the coronavirus in the Chicago area, many are wondering about treating the virus with the new COVID-19 antiviral pill.

Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill has been used in several recent high-profile cases, including that of Vice President Kamala Harris.

But as more doctors prescribe Pfizer’s powerful COVID pill, new questions are emerging about its performance, including why a small number of patients appear to relapse after taking the drug.

Here’s what we know so far.

New Omicron subvariant continues to spread in US and Midwest: CDC estimates

A new subvariant of omicron accounts for a growing proportion of COVID cases in the United States, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to this data, the majority of cases in the United States are still made up of the BA.2 subvariant of omicron, but this number has fallen to 56.4% this week.

The BA.2.12.1 variant, which has been responsible for a sharp rise in cases, particularly in the northeast, now accounts for 42.6% of COVID cases this week.

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Illinois COVID stats: Cases up nearly 30% last week, health officials say

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the state of Illinois, increasing nearly 30% in the past seven days according to officials.

Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows the state is now averaging 5,398 new coronavirus cases per day over the past week. That’s a 28.9% increase from the previous week, officials said.

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COVID incubation period: how long should you quarantine and when are you contagious?

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in Chicago and the city’s top doctor said the trend is likely to continue in the coming weeks, prompting questions from concerned residents.

Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said the city’s positivity rate has climbed to nearly 5% in recent weeks, and she expects the measures to continue. increase in the next few days.

“In this wave…it’s likely we’ll have even more cases before we see it turn around,” she said. “And the last thing we want to do is people really see the number of hospitalizations increase significantly.”

For those who contract COVID, there may be lingering questions. Here is the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Eligibility, side effects and more: What to know about Pfizer’s Paxlovid COVID pill

With the increase in COVID cases and transmission in the Chicago area and the United States, many are wondering about treatment for the virus for those who contract it, including the use of a COVID antiviral pill. .

Pfizer’s Paxlovid pill has been used in several recent high-profile cases, including that of Vice President Kamala Harris.

But as more doctors prescribe Pfizer’s powerful COVID-19 pill, new questions are emerging about its performance, including why a small number of patients appear to relapse after taking the drug.

Here’s what we know so far.

Attending a large gathering? Consider getting a COVID test first, says Chicago’s top doctor

With COVID cases on the rise in Chicago and across the United States, the city’s top doctor has some recommendations for those looking to get together for summer fun.

First and first on this list? Take a COVID test at home before any large gathering.

“If you’re going to gather in a large group, it’s a good idea to just do a home test, especially if there are people who are going to be higher risk, immunocompromised, etc., in that group. said Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, on Tuesday afternoon.

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COVID cases expected to continue to rise in coming weeks, Chicago’s Top Doc warns

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the United States, Chicago’s top doctor says she expects that trend to continue before a reversal occurs.

Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said the city’s positivity rate has climbed to nearly 5% in recent weeks, and she expects the measures to continue. increase in the next few days.

Learn more here.

CDC COVID 2022 guidelines: Symptoms to watch out for, duration of quarantine and more

With new, more contagious variants of COVID-19 spreading across the United States and nearly all of the Chicago area reaching a higher alert level, many are wondering what to do if they show symptoms or test positive for the virus.

If you were exposed, when could symptoms start, how long are you contagious, how long should you quarantine yourself, and what is the best time to test?

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As Chicago moves toward heightened COVID risk, when could a mask mandate return?

Chicago went from a “low” to “medium” risk of COVID-19 transmission on Friday, so when might health officials reinstate restrictions like the mask mandate?

The Chicago Department of Public Health now “strongly recommends” that people wear a mask in indoor public spaces due to rising cases, but that doesn’t mean a face covering requirement is in place.

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What to know about the ‘average community level’ for COVID-19, according to the CDC

With almost every county in the Chicago area having reached the “average community level” for COVID-19, according to guidelines set by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, what does this mean for you? ?

Here’s what the CDC recommends for counties under a medium alert level.

How long are you contagious with COVID and how soon could symptoms start? Here’s what you need to know

If you test positive for coronavirus or have been exposed to someone who has it, when could symptoms start, how long are you contagious, how long should you self-quarantine and when should you get tested?

As COVID cases slowly 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.

Illinois has seen new virus cases increase by more than 40% in the past week.

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How long after exposure do COVID symptoms start?

As coronavirus cases increase in Illinois and across the country in part due to the now-dominant BA.2 omicron subvariant, the risk of being exposed to someone with COVID also increases. But when can symptoms first appear after potential exposure?

Some experts say the omicron variant has “accelerated” the timing of what many once knew with COVID, including the incubation period, or the time between exposure and the onset of symptoms. Late last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for quarantine and isolation were updated to reflect this change.

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