COVID-19 update as of Sept. 15, Cook County stays in ‘medium’ community risk level, Evanston in the ‘low’ risk level – Evanston RoundTable

by | Sep 15, 2022 | COVID-19

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The total number of new cases of COVID-19 in Evanston was 53 for the week ending Sept. 14, compared to 55 for the week ending Sept. 8, a decrease of 3.6%.  The seven-day average of new cases in the State decreased by 2.6%; hospitalizations decreased by 2.9%.   

Cook County, including Chicago, remains in the “medium” community risk level. City officials say Evanston is in the “low” risk level.

The number of new cases being reported is significantly lower than the actual number of new cases being contracted because many new cases are not being reported. [1] Some researchers estimate that the actual number of new cases is between six and ten times higher than the number being reported.

IDPH Encourages Use of Therapeutic Treatments

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released data on Sept. 9 showing that the therapeutic COVID-19 treatments helped to avert approximately 8,600 hospitalizations in Illinois in the last four months.

“The therapeutic treatments that are available for COVID-19 work,” said IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra. “The data from Illinois that IDPH released today show just how effective these treatments can be at protecting people who contract COVID-19 from being hospitalized and severe outcomes. These treatments are especially recommended for individuals over 50 and those with underlying medical conditions. The key is to start these medications quickly, within the first five days. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please test and get treated right away.

“Vaccines continue to be the most effective tools for preventing the most severe symptoms of COVID-19,” Dr. Vohra added, stating that the new booster shots offer extra protection against the omicron variants. “Getting up to date is especially important for those who are most at risk of serious outcomes.  We encourage everyone who is eligible to get up to date with these …

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