Cook County may restore a number of COVID-19 restrictions aimed at reducing the increase in cases as a third outbreak of coronavirus begins to occur in the county, health authorities said Saturday.
Both the cities of Chicago and Cook County have recently seen more than 600 new daily cases, according to Dr. Rachel Rubin, a senior medical professional and co-head of Cook County’s public health department.
A few weeks ago, Rubin said, about 250 cases were reported each day. On Saturday, Illinois saw 2,839 new cases and 13 deaths as the positivity rate rose from 4.1
A total of 145,315 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the past 24 hours, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. A total of 6,188,607 doses were administered throughout the country.
Chicago health officials have expressed concern about a “quantum leap” in coronavirus cases, saying that if these gains are not reduced, some restrictions may be needed to be reintroduced after they were loosened earlier this year. year.
According to IDPH, the city of Chicago reported its seven-day positivity rate from 3.2% on March 19 to 4.5% as of March 28, a rapid increase that worries some public health experts.
Although no decision has been made to reinstate the restrictions in Cook County, officials say the change could come next week and the biggest focus could be on indoor activities.
“The data shows that these are not necessarily outdoor activities, but indoor ones, so these are the things we need to evaluate and look at the data,” Rubin said.
As is the case in Chicago, Rubin said cases are increasing in the younger population of Cook County, especially in people in their 20s and 30s, as this age group is not largely vaccinated.
Even as the availability of the coronavirus vaccine becomes more widespread, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Health Commissioner Alison Arvadi are urging residents, especially younger ones, to continue to adhere to social security protocols. move away and wear their masks in public, saying the end of the pandemic can be seen if residents remain vigilant.
“The actions you are taking now will affect what we can all do in the future,” Lightfoot said earlier in the week. – We do not want to be forced to take steps back or worse to close these things, because we have not done what is necessary now to stay diligent. COVID-19 is still here, still killing people in our city every day. So we have to stay diligent. “