Where in Illinois do I need masks? See the latest CDC COVID-19 data

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention evaluated only three counties in Illinois. High COVID-19 community level The latest update is down from last week’s top 20 counties.

Federal agencies placed Jefferson, Wayne, and Ford counties at a high level. The CDC classified 33 counties as medium level, including Washington, Marion, Fayette, Perry, Jackson, Franklin, Williamson, Union, and others.

St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, Clinton, Bond, Calhoun, and Jersey counties performed poorly.

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Here are the CDC’s latest COVID-19 community levels in Illinois as of September 23: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC’s COVID-19 community levels, updated Thursday, are based on the last seven days of metrics and include new hospitalizations per 100,000 people, number of staffed hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, Includes average percentage and new cases per 100,000 population.

Officials advise people in areas with high community levels to wear masks indoors and on public transport.

How many Illinoisans are opting for new booster shots?

In a Sept. 23 statement, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that state medical professionals have administered 341,000 bivalent booster injections since federal approval.

The IDPH also reported that the state’s daily vaccination rate is at its highest level since the spike in Omicron cases in early February.

“Illinois is fortunate to have a large supply of bivalent boosters. We highly recommend it,” said Dr. Sameer Vohra, director of IDPH, in a statement. “These vaccines are especially important for people who are more susceptible to severe disease, such as people over 50, those with underlying medical conditions, and those who are immunocompromised.”

COVID-19 in Illinois and St. Clair County

of Statewide daily case rate The IDPH reports 19.5 per 100,000 people, or 19% of intensive care units available in Illinois. Seven-day hospitalizations were 98, and IDPH reports 62 deaths each week statewide.

St. Clair County has a daily infection rate of 17.2 per 100,000 people, and IDPH reports that 24% of the county’s ICU beds are available. St. Clair County has one seven-day hospitalization, and IDPH reports one death each week in the county.

The CDC reported that St. Clair County had a weekly case rate of 120.15 per 100,000 population and 4.1 COVID-19-related hospitalizations per 100,000 population in the county. Additionally, the federal agency reported that as of Thursday, 3% of his staffed inpatient beds were occupied by patients with confirmed COVID-19.

According to the CDC, the case rate in St. Clair County fell 9.57% over the past week, the positive test rate dropped 0.99%, and the testing rate jumped 17.3%.

As of Thursday night, the IDPH reported 1,069 people in Illinois had been hospitalized with COVID-19, including 147 in the ICU and 40 on ventilators.

You can find COVID-19 Testing and vaccination information Online in St. Clair County.

Note: Some CDC data such as test positive rate, number of tests performed, and total case rate will be updated on another day. IDPH and CDC data may not be updated at the same time, so metrics may vary by institution.

Meredith Howard is a service journalist for Belleville News-Democrat. She is a graduate of Baylor University and previously worked as a freelancer in Illinois at The Times and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. Where in Illinois do I need masks? See the latest CDC COVID-19 data

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