CHICAGO (CBS) — Lake County, Illinois is now experiencing substantial community spread by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards – warranting the use of masks indoors by both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
All Chicago area counties in Illinois now fall under the “substantial” category – 50 to 99 cases per 100,000 people over seven days – with the exceptions of Kankakee County and Porter County, Indiana – which are still in the lower “moderate” range – and Jasper County, Indiana – which is now in the “high” range.READ MORE: Katrina Pierce Charged With Using Names Of Homicide Victims To Collect Tax Refunds And Stimulus Checks, And She Has Gone To Prison Before For Similar Schemes
The CDC is recommending that everyone wear a mask in indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status if the spread is substantial or high – based on the higher infectiousness of the Delta variant. The CDC also recommends universal masking regardless of vaccination status in K-12 schools.READ MORE: Man Shot, Critically Wounded In Grant Park Near Roosevelt Road
“We strongly recommend that everyone follow CDC recommendations and take necessary precautions to stay protected against COVID-19 and its variants,” Dr. Sana Ahmed, Medical Epidemiologist at the Lake County Health Department, said in a news release. “A combination of vaccinations and prevention strategies is our best chance to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
More than 746,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Lake County – with a total of 51 percent now fully vaccinated. The county advised that vaccination still remains the best way to end the pandemic.