CHICAGO (CBS) — There have been no cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in Illinois, but health experts believe it’s just a matter of time.
They have doubled the number of tests for the Omicron but say the current cases are still alarmingly high.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Winter Weather Advisory Remains In Some Areas; Lake Effect Snow Lingers
“Regardless of Omicron, we are very much in a surge already,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. “After Thanksgiving we broke a record for the number of positive COVID tests in the City of Chicago going all the way back to January.”
She made those statements at an event encouraging vaccinations for children.READ MORE: Upcoming Report From Northwestern Medicine Gives Clues About How Long COVID-19 Symptoms Can Linger
The city is keeping a close eye on the schools, but so far there are no plans to go back to remote learning.
The vast majority of the new cases are in people who are unvaccinated.MORE NEWS: 2 Men Seriously Injured After Shooting In Roseland
Health experts say getting vaccinated — and boosted if eligible — remains the best way to prevent severe illness from COVID-19.