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Posted on: August 13, 2021

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Transmission Level "High" in Skokie and Surrounding Area

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The Village of Skokie’s COVID-19 community transmission is now at the HIGH level based on the Village’s new COVID-19 cases measured at 107 cases per 100,000 population. The Skokie Health and Human Services strongly endorses the following:

  1. Skokie residents, including Skokie students ages 12 and over should get vaccinated. Vaccines continue to be the best form of protection against COVID-19, including the Delta variant and help prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. According to the latest State of Illinois ICARE data more than 85 percent of eligible Skokie residents 12 years and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 78 percent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated. Data also shows that 70.6 percent of Skokie residents ages 12 to 17 have received at least one dose, which is lagging behind the general population. Parents and guardians are encouraged to get their children vaccinated in preparation for the upcoming school year.
  2. Individuals should follow the recently updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention masking guidance which recommends everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas with substantial and high transmission. This recommendation includes employers, retailers, restaurants/bars, fitness/recreational centers, libraries, governmental entities, healthcare facilities and other public venues.

As vaccination efforts continue, there are numerous options for Skokie residents and employees at Skokie businesses to get their COVID-19 vaccine in the Village of Skokie. In addition to visiting to find a nearby vaccine provider, the Health and Human Service’s Community Vaccination Clinic at Village Hall, 5127 Oakton Street, offers free vaccine on Wednesdays (Pfizer) and Thursday (Moderna) from 9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. See more information and links to the appointment portals.

Additionally, any Village of Skokie residents who are homebound or who otherwise have significant mobility issues are eligible to be vaccinated through our homebound vaccination program and should register by calling 847/933-8252 for assistance. 

It remains critical that individuals who are not fully vaccinated or who are immunocompromised continue practicing preventive measures as they are at greater risk of contracting these more transmissible variants, some of which are more likely to lead to severe outcomes. In addition, to help interrupt and prevent community spread, persons with COVID-19 infection need to self-isolate (e.g., stay home except for medical care) and their close contacts need to get tested after exposure. Close contacts also should self-quarantine unless they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had COVID-19 infection within three months of exposure. See updated recommendations on masking based on vaccination status and setting from the CDC.  

See additional COVID-19 vaccine information about local efforts, frequently asked questions, vaccination data, and more.  

For general questions about COVID-19 and the State of Illinois response and guidance, call 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV

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