COVID-19 Cases Slowly Rising Across the State

For Immediate Release

COVID-19 Cases Slowly Rising Across the State

According to the latest Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) news release, IDPH reported that COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses are rising across the State and forty-four Illinois Counties are now at elevated level for COVID-19.

COVID-19 hospitalization rates have slowly started to rise in Illinois, and residents are urged to get “fully protected” with COVID booster shots and the flu vaccine in time for the holidays.

The hospital admission level in DeKalb County is considered “low,” however, according to the CDC, about 64 hospitalizations were recorded in the week ending Dec. 2., a 16.4% increase from the previous week in DeKalb County.

Late last week, IDPH announced that it is launching a new, weekly Infectious Respiratory Disease Surveillance Dashboard that will be updated weekly on Fridays after 3 p.m. This report will provide the public with access to the latest data on hospital visits, seasonal trends, lab test positivity and demographic data.

The CDC recommends that children ages 6 months or older get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu. DCHD offers COVID-19 Moderna vaccine by appointment and there are other providers throughout the County who provide the COVID-19 vaccine.

In November, the federal government announced that every household in the U.S. is eligible to receive four free at-home tests through the COVID.gov website. You can also receive COVID-19 tests by visiting the DCHD.

For additional information, check out the DeKalb County Health Department website at https://health.dekalbcounty.org/

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