COVID-19 update by Sept. 22, Prepare County moves to ‘low’ community risk level, accurate data missing for Evanston – Evanston RoundTable

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The Illinois Department of Public Health is ongoing to induce every qualified person to obtain the updated booster shot from either Pfizer or Moderna.

“These new booster shots – designed particularly to provide extra defense against the dominant Omicron strain from the virus – would be the latest, innovative tool to safeguard Illinois residents from experiencing and enjoying the worst results of COVID-19,” stated IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra.

”It’s essential for everybody who’s qualified to obtain current on vaccines and boosters as quickly as possible, before a possible winter and fall surge results in elevated infections.”

Researchers repeat the boosters are not only seen vital that you safeguard against getting COVID, but additionally to safeguard from the results of lengthy-COVID which might occur for mild installments of COVID.

New COVID-19 cases in Evanston and Illinois

In Illinois, the seven-day average of recent cases was 2,522 on Sept. 22, lower from 2,629 on Sept. 15, a 4% decrease. [1]

The amount of new COVID-19 cases as reported by the town of Evanston for that week ending Sept. 21 was 321, when compared with 53 for that prior week. The Town, however, reported an enormous jump of 92 cases for Sept. 20, and 207 cases for Sept. 21.

In comparison, the entire quantity of new cases within the prior 5 days, Sept. 15 – 19, was 22, or typically 4.4 cases each day.

Ike Ogbu, Director from the City’s Health insurance and Human Services Department, told the RoundTable the high number of instances reported for Sept. 20 and 21 is a result of a lab reporting delay (excluding Northwestern College), with cases backlogged dating back to early August.

“We don’t have a solution why there is this lab delay in situation reporting. We are attempting to get clarification.”

Because of reporting this huge backlog of cases, Ogbu stated, “The City isn’t such as the seven-day moving average or community risk level in the current report, because they are not accurate representations of current cases and risk.” &nbsp

Community risk rating

The CDC and IDPH consider a mixture of three metrics to find out whether a residential area degree of risk for COVID-19 is low, medium or high. The graphic in footnote 2 below shows how these metrics are combined. [2]

To become rated within the low category, a place must: 1) have under 200 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population within the last 7 days 2) have under 10 new hospitalizations per 100,000 population because of COVID-19 within the last 7 days and three) have under 10% of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (last seven-day average). &nbsp

On Sept. 22, Evanston stated it wasn’t reporting the city risk level for Evanston since the count of recent installments of Evanston residents within the last 7 days wasn’t accurate.

CDC reported today that Prepare County, including Chicago, has become within the safe category. The information for Prepare County is really as follows:

  • New Cases per 100,000 population:&nbsp 116
  • New hospital admissions because of COVID-19 per 100,000 population: 9.6
  • % staffed inpatient beds being used by patients with COVID-19: 3.8%

As the City lacks sufficient data to supply a risk rating for Evanston, it did supply the following details about hospitalizations at Evanston and St. Francis hospitals.

CDC suggested steps

On August. 11, the CDC issued new steps that individuals must take to prevent contracting COVID-19 and also to lessen the spread. You will find six steps that affect all community risk levels, another two for individuals in medium and community risk areas, and 2 more for individuals in high community risk areas. The steps are:

Whatsoever COVID-19 community levels:

Once the COVID-19 Community Level is Medium or High:

  • If you’re at high-risk of having very sick, put on a properly-fitting mask or respirator when inside in public places.
  • For those who have household or social connection with someone at high-risk to get very sick, consider testing&nbspto identify infection before contact and think about putting on a mask when inside together.

Once the COVID-19 Community Level is High:

  • Put on a properly-fitting mask or respirator.
  • If you’re at high-risk of having very sick, consider staying away from non-essential indoor activities in public places enabling you to be uncovered.


1/ The amount of new cases being openly as reported by Evanston and also the Condition (excluding occasions which backlogs are reported) are considerably less than the particular quantity of new cases being contracted because many new cases have not been reported. The Town of Evanston states the Condition, the County and also the City don’t have a mechanism to report, verify or track in your own home test results. Just because a positive in your own home test is considered as highly accurate, many people who test positive within an in your own home test don’t get another test outdoors the house that’s reported to government officials. The amount of new COVID-19 cases as reported by IDPH and also the City thus considerably understates the particular quantity of new cases which are contracted. Some studies estimate the instances are undervalued by about 750% or even more.

2/ CDC and IDPH use three indicators to determine COVID-19 Community Levels: 1) new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population within the last seven days 2) new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population within the last seven days and three) the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by patients with confirmed COVID-19 (7-day average).&nbsp

The chart below illustrates how these indicators are combined to find out whether COVID-19 Community Levels are low, medium, or high. The CDC provides many recommendations based on if the COVID-19 Community Level is low, medium, or high. When the risk indicators associated with hospitalizations differ, the greater risk indicator can be used.