LEE COUNTY - Lee County is now at a HIGH Community Level of COVID-19 due to an increase in the case rate in the community.
CDC’s county tracker indicates high community level for Lee County, as well Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Lake, McHenry, Will, Boone, Bureau, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago in northern Illinois. CDC Community Level metrics are designed to help communities take action when COVID-19 spread is increasing impacting health and healthcare systems in their locality.
The CDC recommends the following measures for people in areas that are rated at High Community Level for COVID-19 transmission:
Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status (including in K-12 schools and other indoor community settings)
If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease
Wear a mask or respirator that provides you with greater protection
Consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you could be exposed
Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to take other precautions
Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing)
IF YOU TEST POSITIVE: Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, and monoclonal antibodies
If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for severe disease
consider self-testing to detect infection before contact
consider wearing a mask when indoors with them
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible
Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has been supporting pharmacies and healthcare providers in efforts to increase their inventories of the various FDA-authorized treatments. There are over 1,200 treatment locations in Illinois - including all the major retail pharmacies. More than 96.7% of the state’s population is within a 10-mile radius of one of these locations.
Lee County Health Department has home test kits available for free. Just stop by their office between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.