Respiratory Virus Levels in Illinois Decline

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Respiratory Virus Levels in Illinois

Recent data from the CDC indicates a noteworthy decline in respiratory virus levels across Illinois. The overall respiratory virus level in the state has diminished to a Low classification, marking a significant improvement in the public health situation. Furthermore, all counties in Illinois are now categorized at a Low level for COVID-19 hospitalizations, a milestone achievement since October.

According to the CDC COVID Data Tracker, Illinois witnessed a 20% decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations during the week ending March 23. Dr. Sameer Vohra, the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), expressed his satisfaction with the ongoing decline in respiratory viruses. Dr. Vohra emphasized the importance of continued vigilance, particularly in light of the approaching flu season, which typically extends until May. Illinois residents are encouraged to persist in utilizing all available measures to safeguard themselves and their loved ones, particularly those who are at a higher risk of severe health complications.


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