Chicago, IL Coronavirus

COVID-19 update as of Oct. 6, both Evanston and Cook County remain in the ‘low’ community risk level

The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to urge eligible people to get the updated COVID-19 booster shot. “This is not the time for anyone to let their guard down,” said Dr. Sameer Vohra, Director of IDPH, on Oct. 30. “ As we head into fall and face a potential surge in new cases, I urge everyone who is eligible to contact their healthcare provider or local pharmacy to get the updated booster and their flu shot. These vaccines are especially important for those most vulnerable to severe illness, such as those individuals over 50, those with underlying medical conditions, and those who are immunocompromised.”

COVID Incubation Period: How Long You're Contagious, Quarantine Guidance and More

As a result of the more contagious BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, Chicago's top doctor revealed that in the past few months, COVID's incubation period had changed. During a Facebook Live in August, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady reported that studies have shown the incubation period for COVID has dropped to three days with recent variants.

Number of new COVID cases down this week

The DuPage County Health Department reported six new cases of COVID-19 in Hinsdale over the past week, bringing the total number of cases in the DuPage County portion of Hinsdale to 4,205, up from 4,199 last week. The Cook County Health Department no longer reports on cases specific to Hinsdale.

Flu/Covid Vaccine Event on Saturday

"With flu season upon us and a new bivalent COVID booster available it is the perfect time to start preparing for getting both vaccines. We hope you'll join us THIS Saturday, October 1st from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at St. Mary of the Lake, 4220 N Sheridan Road, for a Chicago Department of Public Health COVID and Flu vaccination event. While walk-ins are accepted, advanced registration is encouraged. You can register for the vaccine event here.

City earns national recognition for COVID-19 digital communications campaign

The City of Evanston’s comprehensive efforts to inform and engage community members during the COVID-19 pandemic have earned it top honors from the national City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA). 3CMA recognized Evanston with its first-place “Savvy Award” for 2021-22 in the “Digital Interactive COVID-19 public relations” category at...

Should I Still Quarantine If I Have COVID or Flu Symptoms?

As seasons change and temperatures continue to fall, health experts are expecting an uptick in COVID-19 and flu cases in the coming months as more activities shift indoors. While noticeable increases in COVID-19 and flu cases have yet to be observed, many are wondering what their course of action should be if they start to experience symptoms, especially without knowing what illness they may have.

COVID-19 update as of Sept. 29: Evanston and Cook County rated ‘low’ risk

The State of Illinois announced Thursday, Sept. 29, it is launching a pilot program to analyze school wastewater for COVID-19. The project, which will also test for influenza A and B, is an expansion of the Illinois Wastewater Surveillance System a partnership between the Illinois Department of Public Health and the University of Illinois’ Discovery Partners Institute. The project is assisted by Shield T3, a University of Illinois System spinoff.