94 IL counties at high or medium COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels

ULLIN, Ill. (KBSI) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports that as of July 15, according to the CDC, 94 Illinois counties are at High or Medium COVID-19 Community Transmission Levels.

Southern 7 Health Department (S7HD) reports that seven of those counties are located in the Southern 7 region. S&HD serves Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union counties.

Hospitals are seeing increases in COVID-19 positive cases following the July 4 weekend. An increase in COVID hospital admissions could impact care of all patients.

The following information is provided to help residents know their county’s transmission level and what they should do to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

County Community Transmission Levels for July 15:

  • High Level: Alexander, Pulaski and Union
  • Medium Level: Hardin, Johnson, Massac, and Pope
  • Low Level: 0

To determine a county’s Community Level, the CDC looks at the combination of three metrics.

  1. new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days
  2. percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients
  3. total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days.

Using these data, the COVID-19 community level is classified as low, medium, or high.

COVID-19 vaccines for adults and children age 6 months to age 18 are available at each Southern 7 Public Health Clinic by appointment only. Adults can also get their shot, without an appointment, on the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Van.

IV medications and oral pills can now be used to treat COVID-19. Talk with a health care provider as soon as possible to see if you are eligible for one of these treatments. You will need a prescription.

To find the Southern 7 Public Health Clinic in your county, visit southern7.org, download the Southern 7 App or call 618-634-2297. For a complete schedule of WOW Van dates in your area, visit Southern 7 Health Department on Facebook or call 618-634-2297 ex. 9161.

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