CDC updates COVID-19 community levels map

CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — The CDC has updated its COVID-19 community level map Thursday and nearly two-thirds of Illinois counties are listed as having a low level of community transmission.

The CDC is looking at the combination of three metrics to determine the COVID-19 community level for each county:

  1. New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days
  2. The percentage of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients
  3. Total number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days

Using this data, the CDC classifies a county’s community level as low, medium, or high.

The CDC’s latest community-level map has 68 of Illinois’ 102 counties listed at the low level, including DeWitt, Edgar Iroquois, Livingston, Macon, McLean, Menard, Moultrie, Sangamon, Shelby, Piatt and Vermilion counties. People living in these counties are advised to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms.

28 counties are listed in the middle tier, including Champaign, Christian, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Ford, and Logan counties. People living in these counties who are at high risk for serious illness are advised to speak with their health care provider about whether they should wear a mask and take other precautions, in addition to taking recommended measures for low level classification.

Six counties, including Effingham County, are listed at the top level. Residents of these counties are advised to wear a mask indoors and take the recommended measures for the mid- and low-level classifications.

The map will be updated every Thursday.

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