News Flash • Dupage County Health, IL • CivicEngage

September 26, 2022
For immediate release

DuPage County drops to a “low” community level

Vaccination is recommended to improve protection

DuPage County This week, reported cases of COVID-19 and related hospitalizations continue to show an overall decrease across DuPage County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moved DuPage County to a “low” community level Thursday (09/22/22), with the average rate of new COVID-19 infections falling below the 200 per 100,000 population threshold in the past 7 days, in addition to the continued slower rate of new hospital admissions with COVID-19 of less than 10 per 100,000 population over the past 7 days. As of September 22, 2022, DuPage County reported 117 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 7 days.

According to the CDC, in DuPage County, nearly 78% of residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 60% of the fully vaccinated population has received a first booster dose. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) vaccination data show that 77% of youth ages 12-17 are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and only 54% of children ages 5-11 are fully vaccinated in DuPage County. It is a concern that even lower rates of all age groups with vaccination against COVID-19 are currently current. Low vaccination rates continue to increase the risk of preventable infection, which has been shown to contribute to severe illness, hospitalization and death, and the spread of COVID-19 in households, schools, gatherings and communities.

“Colder weather is approaching and residents will be spending more time indoors, which is typically when respiratory viral infections such as COVID-19 and the flu are on the rise,” said Karen Ayala, Executive Director, DuPage County Health Department (DCHD). “It’s important to take precautions to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from getting sick by staying up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines and making sure you get your flu shot.”

This fall, all residents 6 months and older should receive an annual flu shot and be up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines. For residents age 12 and older, especially those who are age 50 and older, have underlying medical conditions and/or have high-risk household members, this includes getting the recently updated COVID-19 vaccine known as bivalent booster. The bivalent booster is the first update of the original COVID-19 vaccine designed to better protect against the dominant Omicron BA.4/BA.5 sub-variants.

All residents 12 years of age and older who have completed a primary vaccine series are eligible to receive the new bivalent booster vaccine two months after their last vaccine or booster.

The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) reminds residents that we have the tools to stay healthy, especially as more indoor gatherings are likely as we experience cooler temperatures.

Residents are encouraged to:

    • Stay updated with vaccines and boosters against COVID-19.Although vaccinated people sometimes contract the virus that causes COVID-19, compliance with the COVID-19 vaccines greatly reduces the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, or death from COVID-19.
    • Get vaccinated against the flu before Halloween, October 31stSt.
    • Wear the most protective mask possible that fits well and that you will wear all the time. Wear a high filtration mask indoors if you are at high risk of severe illness. Examples of high filtration masks include N95, KN95 and KN94 masks.
    • Stay home and get tested if you have symptoms.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate yourself at home and away from others for at least 5 days and talk to your doctor about it treatment options immediately.
    • Wash your hands often or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Individuals seeking an appointment for bivalent COVID-19 vaccine and influenza vaccine can visit www.vaccines.gov to identify a provider near them or contact their primary health care provider. For DCHD clinic appointments for COVID-19 vaccination or for community opportunities to offer vaccination, visit www.dupagehealth.org/667/COVID-19-Vaccine.

###

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *