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Chicago health officials expect cases to continue to rise in the area and are urging extra precautions as readings trend upwards.

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

attending a large gathering? Consider getting a COVID test first, says Chicago’s top doc

As COVID cases rise in Chicago and across the United States, the city’s top doctor has recommendations for those looking to gather for summer fun.

First and foremost on this list? Do a home COVID test before large gatherings.

“If you’re gathering in a large group, it’s a good idea to just do a home test, especially if there are people in that group who are at higher risk, have compromised immune systems, etc,” said Dr. Chicago Department of Health Commissioner Allison Arwady on Tuesday afternoon.

Read more here.

COVID cases are likely to continue to rise in the coming weeks, Chicago’s top doc warns

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the United States, Chicago’s top doctor expects this trend to continue before a reversal occurs.

dr Chicago Department of Health commissioner Allison Arwady says the city’s positivity rate has jumped to nearly 5% in recent weeks, and she expects the metrics to continue rising in the coming days.

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COVID by the numbers: Illinois cases are rapidly rising again after a slowing rise

After a drop in coronavirus cases a week earlier, Illinois numbers have picked up again, according to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

As of Monday, the state was recording an average of 5,154 new cases per day over the past seven days, IDPH data showed. That’s up 41.6% over the past week from 3,639 cases a day last Monday.

However, the situation was drastically different the week before.

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Chicago-area officials say US could see fifth wave of COVID-19 as cases surge

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the United States, some experts say the country could enter a fifth wave of the virus as summer approaches.

In the last week alone, COVID cases in the state of Illinois have risen by more than 40%, while hospitalizations have also slowly increased, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“If you look at our prices (and) if you look at the CDC maps, for example, we’re right up there with the East Coast,” says Dr. Sharon Welbel of Cook County Health.

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Illinois COVID Metrics: The latest data from counties at “intermediate community level” of the virus

As coronavirus cases rise in the state of Illinois, more counties are now classified as having “intermediate community level” of the virus, according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the latest data from the CDC, there are currently 14 counties in Illinois that are in this “middle” range, up from five a week ago.

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2022 CDC COVID Guidelines: Symptoms to Watch, Duration of Quarantine, and More

As new, more contagious variants of COVID-19 spread across the United States and most of the Chicago area, rising to higher alert levels, many are wondering what to do if they experience symptoms or test positive for the virus.

If you’ve been exposed, when might symptoms appear, how long are you contagious, how long should you quarantine, and when is the best time to test?

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As the new Omicron subvariant spreads, here are the symptoms to watch out for

The BA.2 omicron subvariant still remains the dominant COVID strain in the US, but another subvariant has been gaining momentum in recent days.

BA.2.12.1, which health officials say appears to be up to 27% more contagious than BA.2, is responsible for about 36.5% of cases nationwide, according to the CDC’s latest weekly figures.

While BA.2 accounts for approximately 75% of all US cases, it is said to account for at least 70% of cases in the health region, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

With BA.2.12.1 growing across the country, are there any specific symptoms that point to the variant, and overall what symptoms should you be looking for?

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Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine: What you should know about federal policy changes

For several months, the Food and Drug Administration has advised Americans to get either the Pfizer or Moderna line of COVID vaccines as opposed to Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine, but that guidance has now been tightened because the agency the use of the drug is now strictly restricted.

On Thursday, the FDA announced it would impose strict restrictions on who can receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine amid ongoing concerns about a rare but serious side effect that could cause life-threatening blood clots in patients who receive the vaccine.

Here’s the latest we know about the FDA guidance change.

When could a mask mandate return if Chicago finds itself at heightened COVID risk?

Chicago switched from “low” to “moderate” risk for transmission of COVID-19 on Friday. So when could health officials reintroduce restrictions like the mask mandate?

The Chicago Department of Health now “strongly” recommends that people wear a mask in public indoor spaces due to the increase in cases, but that doesn’t mean face coverings are mandatory.

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Here’s where masks are recommended in the Chicago area and who should wear them

Several COVID metrics have risen over the past week, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand the number of counties where precautionary measures are recommended.

According to an updated CDC county-by-county community level map, 12% of U.S. counties have either medium or high community levels, up from 9% last week.

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What you should know about ‘moderate community level’ for COVID-19, according to the CDC

What does that mean for you when almost every county in the Chicago area has achieved “intermediate community level” for COVID-19 according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines?

Here’s what the CDC recommends for counties below a medium alert level.

How long have you been contagious with COVID and how soon could symptoms begin? Here’s what you should know

If you have tested positive for or been exposed to coronavirus, when might symptoms appear, how long are you contagious, how long should you quarantine and when should you get tested?

As COVID cases slowly rise in Illinois and parts of the US, local health officials have issued warnings to take precautions, particularly in areas where the risk of transmission is increasing.

In Illinois, the number of new cases of the virus has increased by more than 40% in the last week.

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How soon after exposure do COVID symptoms begin?

As cases of the coronavirus rise in Illinois and across the country, in part due to the now dominant Omicron subvariant BA.2, the risk of being exposed to someone with COVID also increases. But when might the first symptoms appear after a possible exposure?

Some experts say the Omicron variant “speeded up” the timing for what many once knew with COVID, including the incubation period, or the time between exposure and the onset of symptoms. Late last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on quarantine and isolation was updated to reflect this change.

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