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Quarantine and Isolation Rules, Travel Update – NBC Chicago

As the number of COVID cases in Illinois continues to rise, what do you need to know if you test positive or have been in contact with someone who does?

The rise in cases comes amid the start of summer vacation, with Chicago travel advisories recently updated.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

COVID Isolation Guide: What Steps to Take After Testing Positive

Over the past month, the number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois has increased, and most recently, counties with “high” risk status increased by another week.

For those who have contracted COVID, there can be uncertainty and a lot of questions. For example, how long should you isolate and when do you know it’s time to end the isolation period? Also, is testing required to get out of lockdown?

Here’s the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID quarantine rules: how long to isolate, symptoms to look out for

As more counties in Illinois reach the “high” community level for COVID, people are asking what to do if they’ve been exposed to or tested positive for the virus.

If you become infected, when are symptoms likely to appear, how long are you contagious, how long should you be in quarantine, and when is the best time to get tested?

Here is the breakdown.

Chicago Travel Fact Sheet Update: COVID Safety Measures Recommended in 7% of US

Chicago residents who visit areas in the U.S. that have been classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having moderate to high levels of COVID-19 should take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID, according to the city’s updated travel advisory.

The Chicago Department of Public Health on Friday said 7.4% of U.S. counties are in the middle or high community tier, citing the latest CDC classifications.

Read more here.

Paxlovid Antivirus COVID Pill: Acceptability, Side Effects and Effectiveness

With COVID-19 rates on the rise, several counties in the Chicago area have moved to a “high” alert level in accordance with guidance set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And according to the CDC, the new omicron subvariant is the dominant strain of COVID in the US, with BA.2.12.1 responsible for almost 59% of new cases in the past week.

As new cases are reported and the disease continues to spread, many are asking questions about the new Pfizer Paxlovid antiviral pill for COVID-19.

Read more here.

Coronavirus in Illinois: 32k new cases, 47 deaths last week with 19 counties high

Illinois health officials reported 32,605 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, as well as 47 additional deaths, showing a slight drop in cases from seven days earlier as 19 counties across the state reached a ‘high’ the incidence of COVID.

Last week, the state reported 36,843 new cases and 45 deaths. The week before, there were 40,193 new cases and 56 deaths in the state.

Read more here.

19 Illinois counties are on “high” COVID alert, some in Chicago…

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