The Cook County Department of Public Health announced Friday that suburban Cook County is moving to medium level of COVID-19 transmission, as cases have risen above 200 cases per 100,000 residents.

Suburban Cook County is currently reporting 210 cases per 100,000 residents over the last seven days as of April 28.

Public health officials said more than 1.9 million suburban Cook County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, accounting for 86 percent of the population. 65 percent of suburban Cook County residents are fully vaccinated.

Cook County health officials recommend the following:

  • Wearing a mask indoors to protect those at high risk for severe illness from a COVID infection including adults over the age of 50, those with underlying medical conditions and the immunocompromised.
  • Socializing outdoors if possible and avoiding poorly ventilated indoor settings.
  • Getting tested before attending a family or public event. Home tests are ideal for this purpose
  • Contacting your doctor right away to get treatment for COVID if you are diagnosed
  • Getting any COVID-19 vaccine boosters that you are eligible for
  • Mayor Lightfoot said she is disappointed and released the following statement.

    “Amazon’s decision to close stores in Englewood and Lincoln Park as part of a nationwide closure of stores is obviously disappointing. My immediate worry is for the workers in both locations. Amazon must now take clear steps to protect those workers as they transition to new opportunities. Having been in both of those stores many times over the years, I saw first-hand how those workers gave their heart and soul to make the stores a success. Together with both communities and local elected leaders, my administration will work to repurpose these locations in a way that continues to serve the community and support the surrounding businesses. We as a city will continue to work hard to close food deserts that meet community needs with community at the table.” 

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