Suburban Cook County is now in a “medium” risk level for COVID transmission, according to the area health officials.
The Cook County Department of Public Health issued an alert Friday afternoon saying “an increase in the number of positive cases” lifted the county to the second-highest risk level, as designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Though the county was not listed on the CDC’s most recent county-by-county transmission risk update, CCDPH said its metrics as of Thursday indicate suburban portions are under the “medium” risk level. The county on Thursday reported 210 cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days.
The designation means elderly or immunocompromised individuals are urged to wear masks in public indoor spaces, but health officials now recommend residents:
wear a mask indoors to protect those at high risk for severe illness from a COVID infection including adults over the age of 50, those with underlying medical conditions, and the immunocompromised
socialize outdoors if possible and avoiding poorly ventilated indoor settings
get tested before attending a family or public event. Home tests are ideal for this purpose
contact your doctor right away to get treatment for COVID if you are diagnosed
get any COVID-19 vaccine boosters that you are eligible for