59 IL counties at elevated level for COVID-19

(KBSI) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 59 counties in the state are at an elevated level for COVID-19.

This is compared to 73 in the previous week.

Of those, three Illinois counties are at a High Community Level, compared to 28 the previous week; and 56 counties are at Medium Level, compared to 45 the previous week.

IDPH reporting 16,602 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois in the week ending January 8, and 113 deaths.

IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra says IDPH is closely monitoring the XBB ‘Kraken’ variant which is spreading in the northeastern
United States and leading to increased cases and hospitalizations.

Access to tests and treatments can be found at the following test to treat site or by contacting your provider for treatment options, within five days of feeling ill.

Free or low cost COVID-19 testing locations are available throughout the state, including in Chicago, and can be found on the IDPH website’s testing locator page.

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