Jewel-Osco mask changes, CDC county map update – NBC Chicago

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will update its map of counties showing COVID community levels on Thursday after last week’s update left 15 Illinois counties in the “high” alert level.

The increased risk of transmission has caused some companies to change their masking guidelines.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

CDC set to update county map levels on Thursday

Every week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates community COVID levels by county across the United States.

Last week, 15 counties in Illinois were listed under the “high” alert level. The next update, which will determine whether other counties go high or whether some come back down, is due Thursday evening.

Check back for updates.

Jewel-Osco Stores Reinstate Mask Mandate for Employees Due to High COVID Transmission in Illinois Counties

As a new omicron subvariant continues to spread across the country and COVID cases continue to rise in Illinois, Jewel-Osco stores are asking employees to wear masks again.

“Jewel-Osco continues to follow guidelines established by the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health,” a Jewel-Osco spokesperson said in an email to NBC 5. “Due to the rates In the current high COVID transmission rates in the counties where we have stores, the distribution center and the corporate office, we require associates and suppliers to wear a mask.

As of Tuesday, 15 counties in Illinois are currently at “high community transmission.”

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Map: These Illinois counties are at the ‘high community level’ of COVID

As a new omicron subvariant continues to spread across the United States, more than a dozen Illinois counties are currently experiencing “high community level” COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These 15 counties include some of the most populated areas in the state, including Cook, Will, and DuPage counties in the Chicago area, as well as Peoria and Tazewell counties in the central part of the state.

See the map here.

How long do COVID symptoms last? Here’s what we know so far

For those who test positive for COVID and have symptoms, how long could they last?

With COVID cases on the rise in Illinois and parts of the United States, local health officials have issued warnings to take precautions, especially in areas where the risk of transmission is increasing.

But for those with symptoms, how long they might last remains unclear.

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Will mask mandates return? What to know as 15 Illinois counties reach ‘high’ COVID level

Masks are now recommended in the city of Chicago and 15 Illinois counties that were elevated to “high community level” status ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

According to measurement criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suburban counties of Cook, McHenry, Lake, DuPage, Grundy and Will are all at “high community level” for COVID-19, which means that masks are encouraged regardless of vaccination. status.

Learn more here.

How accurate are COVID home tests? Here’s what you need to know

If you think you have been exposed to COVID or might have it, how accurate are the results of a home test?

According to Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention“Positive self-test results are very reliable.”

Negative results, however, may not rule out infection, especially in people with symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC says.

“If it’s positive, it’s positive, as we don’t worry about false positives,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Thursday.

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Paxlovid: What are the side effects of Pfizer’s COVID antiviral pill?

More people across Illinois are testing positive for COVID-19, and Chicago is expected to enter a “high” alert level soon under guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And, according to the CDC, the new omicron subvariant is now the dominant strain of COVID in the United States, with BA.2.12.1 responsible for nearly 58% of new cases over the past week.

As more cases are reported and the disease continues to spread, many have questions about treating the virus with Pfizer’s new Paxlovid COVID-19 antiviral pill.

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COVID incubation period: how long should you quarantine with an infection?

As COVID-19 cases continue to spread in Chicago ahead of Memorial Day weekend, there may be lingering questions about the quarantine period and how long patients will be infectious.

On Tuesday, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said the city could reach a “high” alert level by the end of the week.

Here is the latest information from the CDC.

Here’s what to do if you test positive for COVID as cases climb

As cases rise and several counties in the Chicago area approach a high alert level from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, what should you do if you test positive for coronavirus or have been exposed to someone? one who has it?

“I assume many of you know someone who has had COVID recently,” Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said in a Facebook Live on Tuesday.

Here’s a rundown of advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do if you test positive or if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has.

How soon can you test positive for COVID after an infection?

If your COVID test is positive, how long could it last?

According to Centers for Disaster Control and Preventionsome people who get COVID-19 may have detectable virus for up to three months, but that does not mean they are contagious.

When it comes to testing, however, PCR tests are more likely to continue to detect virus after infection.

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When are you contagious with COVID and how long should you quarantine?

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in Chicago and the city’s top doctor said the trend is likely to continue in the coming weeks, prompting questions from concerned residents.

Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said the city’s positivity rate has climbed to nearly 5% in recent weeks, and she expects the measures to continue. increase in the next few days.

Learn more here.

CDC COVID 2022 guidelines: Symptoms to watch out for, duration of quarantine and more

With new, more contagious variants of COVID-19 spreading across the United States and nearly all of the Chicago area reaching a higher alert level, many are wondering what to do if they show symptoms or test positive for the virus.

If you were exposed, when could symptoms start, how long are you contagious, how long should you quarantine, and what is the best time to test?

Learn more here.

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