Local COVID data: Wilmette sees 122 cases in a week; the county recommends that companies request proof of vaccination, a negative test

Amid a continued rise in COVID-19, the Village of Wilmette is joining the Cook County Public Health Department in recommending restraint at the rally this holiday season.

Wilmette recently counted 122 new cases of the virus per week, the best weekly score for the community since the start of the pandemic. The new cases bring Wilmette’s new case rate to 450.4 new cases per 100,000.

In the Wilmette Village Weekly Bulletin, officials urged community members to “protect their loved ones and your health while enjoying holiday traditions” by suggesting ways to slow the spread of the virus, such as immunizations, booster shots, face coverings, and consistent testing.

The village released the news on Friday, December 17, the same day the Cook County Department of Health urged unvaccinated people to avoid group gatherings and businesses to require customers to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test within the last 24 hours.

“We must continue to work together to maintain good health and avoid overloading the health system,” said a press release from the CCDPH.

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading in suburban Cook County, the statement said, and cases “are likely to escalate quickly.”

As of Friday, December 17, the positivity rate in the suburb of Cook was 5.2%, while the rate of new cases reached 332 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, county data shows. In the canton of New Trier, according to Northwestern Medical, the positivity is 4.5% and the rate of new cases has increased to 453.6 cases per 100,000.

The actual number of new cases per day in the township has increased over the past week from around 25 per day to 38 per day.

As new cases are on the rise in communities across Illinois, the biggest recent increase in New Trier Township belongs to Glencoe, which reported 26 new cases last week and saw a 281% increase over the past week. of the last 14 days, compared to the previous 14 days. Wilmette, Winnetka, Northfield and Kenilworth have also seen their new cases increase dramatically.

Testing continues to be at a pandemic level as well in the county with tens of thousands administered each day, according to county data.

Before laying off for winter break, New Trier high school counted 65 cases of COVID-19 among its students and staff – the most for the school since the start of the pandemic and around eight times the number of cases on 1 December (8).

The CCDPH also continued to advocate for vaccinations and booster shots, and said in the statement that while the COVID vaccine is not as effective in negating the omicron variant, it significantly reduces severe symptoms of the variant. A recall, the department said, helps those efforts even more.

State data shows only 10% of intensive care beds were available in suburban Cook County, and the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the country has increased for 45 consecutive days.

The state reported on Thursday, December 17, that it had counted 11,858 new cases of COVID-19, a high pandemic level in one day.

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