In the Chicago area, Cook, DuPage, Lake (IL), McHenry, Will and Grundy counties all appeared as “high risk” on the CDC’s map when it was updated Thursday afternoon.
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady predicted the move earlier in the day.
At a press conference Thursday, Dr. Arwady said moving into the high risk level means everyone should wear a face mask indoors, but stopped short of calling for a mask mandate. Arwady said the city would consider putting a mask mandate in place if the hospital system become stressed with cases.
Arwady said moving into high risk means residents should make sure they are current on COVID booster shots.
The average case count for the city is over 1,000 a day, but Dr. Arwady said there are signs that is plateauing.
In addition to wearing a mask indoors, Arwady said residents should avoid crowded indoor gatherings, limit gatherings to small numbers and test right away if you have symptoms.
Anyone who tests positive is asked to isolate for five days and if they are feeling better, they can go in public while wearing a mask for the next five days.
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