The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported more than 2,800 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, which may include hundreds of cases in Cook County.
Some people worry that the number of cases will be higher after Easter. County leaders warned that if this upward trend does not change, new restrictions may appear.
Officials are trying to find out the cause of this peak, while threatening the possibility of returning to restrictive measures. The Cook County Health Department said this could mean reducing indoor activities, such as going to restaurants and health clubs. At the same time, officials asked people to gather outdoors and try to hide and stay away from social interactions.
Dr. Rachel Rubin said: “In our jurisdiction alone, there are more than 600 new cases in the suburbs of Cook.”
Now, county health officials say that if these numbers do not decline, the increase in cases may translate into new restrictions.
The Cook County Health Bureau stated that the county is at another peak. Recent data shows that among people in their 20s and 30s, the incidence of new cases has increased significantly, and the positive rate has almost doubled over the past few weeks.
According to recent data, the most significant increase in the incidence is in the 20- and 30-year-old age group, and the positive rate is nearly double the previous few weeks.
Dr. Rubin said: “I think our overall positive rate may now be about 5, and now it is down to 3. This is a big problem.”
Although the ongoing vaccination work has increased, the increase in the number of cases has caused county officials to consider measures that need to be taken.
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Dr. Rubin said: “We will most likely have to take measures within a few days. I don’t guarantee that it will be done in one way or another.” “We need to accurately assess which types of activities and actions are really driving this wave. .”
This may mean restoring restrictions on the enterprise.
“We need to continue to stay safe. This is indeed the message to be conveyed. If we need to further restrict our information, [mitigation], You know, some indoor activities, restaurants and health clubs and similar activities should be avoided-we hope it will not reach the point where we might need to do this,” Dr. Rubin added.
Evanston resident Archie Ong has seen his city go through many changes in the past year
Ong said: “Obviously, this will be a major setback, and many restaurants here are struggling.” “Many restaurants are closed, so I hope, hope it won’t happen.”
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He and his family still stay at home most of the time and hope that others who may think the situation has passed will do the same.
Ong added: “People are getting vaccinated and think it is safe. I think it might be safe, but at the same time, I don’t think we should relax too much.”
Currently, health officials recommend that items be kept outdoors while continuing to cover and keep their distance.
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