Chicago moves to medium possibility level for COVID-19; masks recommended indoors once more - CBS news

CHICAGO (CBS) -- As COVID-19 instances proceed to slowly upward push in Chicago, city fitness officials say the metropolis is now at "medium possibility" level, and they suggest individuals resume donning masks indoors once more.

The Chicago branch of Public health also spoke of Chicagoans should make certain they are up so far with their COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, get verified in the event that they're uncovered to the virus, and proceed to observe isolation and quarantine protocols in the event that they verify fine.

"we have been anticipating to attain the Medium level for a while now," CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady observed in an announcement. "it be not a trigger for alarm, considering that most instances at the moment are light and luckily our COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths continue to be at or near all-time pandemic lows in Chicago.  nonetheless it is cause of greater caution, and for greater care with masking, in view that greater people in Chicago are contaminated with COVID right now. remember that americans can unfold COVID for 2 days earlier than they advance symptoms, so inserting on a mask in public indoor settings is a simple way to assist give protection to our city whereas we're at a Medium COVID degree."

The movement to the medium risk degree comes as Chicago's latest every day case common has risen to 754 situations per day, up 16% over the last week. The metropolis's average positivity price stands at four.1%, up from 3.7% one week ago.

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"Chicago entering into the Medium degree does not suggest a citywide mask mandate, restrictions on public gatherings, or reinstatement of vaccination necessities at this time," Arwady said. "With the way the present COVID editions are behaving, these are measures we would believe if we reached the excessive COVID-19 neighborhood level—which we are not near accomplishing in Chicago presently. however we definitely do not want to get there, and exercising some more warning now will assist us maintain COVID in control in Chicago."  

fitness specialists say this wasn't surprising, however has renewed the call for individuals to get boosters in the event that they're eligible.

That contains people that bought the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The FDA is limiting its use due to some blood clotting concerns, but Dr. Emily Landon, an infectious disease knowledgeable with the college of Chicago drugs, says that is less about that rare aspect impact and more about the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines proposing greater protection.

"This resolution to restrict its use to definite people isn't announcing that the FDA's system did not work, or that we weren't capable of figure it out, or not it's now not a secure vaccine; it's simply asserting we now have a stronger option, so please use that one," Landon noted.

Landon observed those that've already had COVID-19 but contract it once more, will likely locate their symptoms are less severe, but risks stay for the immunocompromised.

Landon also means that individuals may still put on masks indoors as a precaution. She provides that with unreported at-home positive exams, the case count number is really three to four instances what's being reported. 

She also warns that americans who were contaminated with the Omicron variant in December or January could get COVID again, however might be a less severe case.  

DuPage, Lake, and suburban cook counties also moved to medium risk inside the last two weeks.

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