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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 Capitol News Illinois in July 2023 as the organization’s broadcast director. She will oversee the launch and operations of CNI’s new broadcast division.

Contact Jennifer Fuller at jfuller@capitolnewsillinois.com
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