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COVID Update: 12/16/2022

A computer rendering of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
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A computer rendering of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Cases continue to rise, experts say they expect more in the coming weeks

The number of counties with elevated transmission of COVID-19 continues to grow in Illinois, and experts are cautioning people to be careful as holiday gatherings will bring people together over the next several weeks.

Eighty-six counties in Illinois are at the "elevated" transmission level for COVID. In the WSIU listening area, only a half-dozen counties remain in the "low" transmission status - the rest are split between "elevated" and "high" transmission.

COVID isn't the only concern among health officials, either. Numerous respiratory viruses - including flu and RSV - are circulating right now, sending people to hospitals and urgent care centers in high numbers.

People are encouraged to wear masks, make sure their flu and COVID vaccinations are up-to-date, and stay home if you're feeling sick.

Jennifer Fuller joined the WSIU family at a very young age- as both a viewer and a listener! Growing up in Carterville, Jennifer enjoyed WSIU's PBS programming as a child and young adult, and then became even more involved when she attended SIUC and worked for both the radio and TV stations as a student.

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