COVID-19 update as of Nov. 17, Evanston moves into ‘medium’ community risk level, Cook County stays at that level – Evanston RoundTable

by | Nov 17, 2022 | COVID-19

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In his latest weekly message, IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra continued to “strongly recommend all that have not gotten full protection from COVID-19 and the flu to get vaccinated right away. Both the new COVID-19 bivalent booster and the flu shot target the current strains of these viruses.” 

Dr. Vohra emphasized the importance of a flu vaccine this year, saying, “The U.S. is currently facing its highest flu hospitalization rate in a decade, with young children and seniors most at risk.”

New COVID-19 Cases in Evanston and Illinois

In Illinois, the seven-day average of new cases was 1,969 on Nov. 17, up from 1,926 in the prior week, a 2% decrease.

In Evanston, the seven-day average of new cases was 15.9 on Nov. 16, down from 16.1 in the prior week, a negligible increase.

The number of new COVID-19 cases being publicly reported is grossly understated. [1]

Community Risk Rating

The CDC and IDPH look at a combination of three metrics to determine whether a community level of risk for COVID-19 is low, medium, or high. The graphic in footnote 2 below shows how these metrics are combined. [2]

To be rated in the low category, an area must: 1) have less than 200 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the last seven days; 2) have less than 10 new hospitalizations per 100,000 population due to COVID-19 in the last seven days; and 3) have less than 10% of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (last seven-day average). 

On Nov. 3, the City of Evanston reported that Evanston was in the medium risk category, due an increase in new hospital admissions. The data reported for Evanston is as follows:

New cases per 100,000 pop …

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