The IDPH is urging Illinoisans to use caution as COVID-19 numbers are slowly increasing. Acting IDPH Director Amaal Tokars says that hospitalizations and deaths remain stable but there has been a slow increase in cases in the state. Vaccines are still highly encouraged. You can find out where your vaccination location is near you, by visiting www.vaccines.gov. The State of Illinois says that remains strongly positioned to respond if COVID-19 has another surge. The State replenished its stockpile of tests and has more than 1.5 million on hand with ½ million on the way. Hospitals, schools, and long-term care facilities have been urged to take steps to increase their testing capacity.
The IDPH is also encouraging health care workers and pharmacists to get treatment to their patients quickly—within 5 days of the onset of symptoms, to help prevent the spread of the virus. Boosters are also encouraged with the CDC authorizing a second booster dose for segments of the population at least four months after the first booster dose is given.
Finally, state health officials stress the following precautions: get vaccinated and stay up to date on boosters, if you are in an area with rising COVID-19 infections, wear a mask, stick to well-ventilated areas, if you feel flu-like symptoms, stay home and self isolate, if you test positive, talk to your provider immediately so you can get treatment, and continue to frequently wash your hands and cover coughs and sneezes. For more information visit: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19.html.