4 counties upgraded to medium risk for COVID-19 in Illinois; La Salle County remains low – Shaw Local
4 counties upgraded to medium risk for COVID-19 in Illinois;  La Salle County remains low – Shaw Local

4 counties upgraded to medium risk for COVID-19 in Illinois; La Salle County remains low – Shaw Local

Four counties in Illinois were upgraded to moderate risk for COVID-19 according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday.

La Salle County was not one of them.

The counties of DuPage, Champaign, McLean and Piatt are now classified below the medium-sized community level of the CDC. This means that people who are elderly or immunocompromised (at risk of serious outcomes) are advised to wear a mask in indoor public places.

La Salle County’s societal level remains low based on these combined CDC indicators: case rate / overall cases in the last seven days were 72.7 / 100,000; new hospital admissions of confirmed COVID-19 within the last seven days were a total of two admissions or 2.2 / 100,000; and the percentage of staffed day beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19 in the last seven days was 0.7%. The data is until April 21st.

The La Salle County Health Department became aware of two more COVID-19-related deaths in the county. A man in the 70s and a woman in the 90s died of complications related to COVID-19. These deaths occurred in August and December 2021. There were no COVID-related deaths reported in the past week across the country.

There have been 467 COVID-19-related deaths in La Salle County since the beginning of the pandemic, four this month. In that time frame, 48 previously confirmed cases have been removed from isolation.

In addition, there were 75 new COVID-19 cases confirmed across the country since April 14th. The new cases consist of a boy under 13, five girls under 13, four teenage boys, six teenage girls, two men in their 20s, seven women in their 20s, four men in their 30s, 10 women in their 30s, three men in their 40s, five women in their 40s, four men in their 50s, 10 women in their 50s, a man in their 60s, five women in their 60s, two men in their 70s, a woman in the 70s, two men in the 80s, two women in the 80s and a woman in the 90s.

Regardless of community level, the recommendations for isolation for those who test positive and the vulnerable remain the same, isolation and quarantine, including masking from day 6 to 10, when isolation / quarantine ends, La Salle County Health Department said.

La Salle County Health Department schedules all COVID-19 tests online. Access the link at https://hipaa.jotform.com/220026540796151

The National Board of Health encourages all 5 years and older to be vaccinated and all eligible persons to receive a booster. Individuals who need to start the COVID-19 vaccination series or a booster can call the La Salle County Health Department at 815-433-3366 to schedule an appointment. The health department has Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer available. Go to to search for available vaccine sites near you https://www.vaccines.gov/

In La Salle County, 58% of the population is fully vaccinated for COVID-19, 61.8% of the population has received at least one dose of vaccine and 34,472 booster shots have been administered, according to IDPH.

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