Updated Guidance for COVID-19 Halloween and Fall Festivities

Illinois Department of Public Health Issues Updated COVID-19 Halloween and Fall
As we continue through Fall and head into the holiday season, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is issuing updated guidance to help people celebrate more safely as we continue to battle COVID-19.

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West Nile Virus is Confirmed in Moultrie County

The Moultrie County Health Department (MCHD) has recently been notified by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) that a bird specimen submitted from Moultrie County has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The specimen was collected in the Kirksville area on September 29, 2021. Once a bird, animal or human in any county has tested positive for WNV, the entire county is considered positive for WNV. WNV is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States, and is most active from mid-April through October.

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Youth E-Cigarette Use Remains Serious Public Health Concern Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Almost 85 Percent of the More Than 2 Million U.S. Middle and High School Students Who Used E-Cigarettes Used Flavored E-Cigarettes in 2021

A study released today (attached) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that more than 2 million U.S. middle and high school students reported currently using e-cigarettes in 2021, with more than 8 in 10 of those youth using flavored e-cigarettes.

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Governor Pritzker Announces New Vaccine & Mask Requirements

All Illinois Residents are required to wear masks Indoors, regardless of vaccination status. As COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates across the state continue to increase, particularly in downstate communities with the lowest vaccination rates, Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced vaccination requirements for individuals in high-risk settings.

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New CDC Data: COVID-19 Vaccination Safe for Pregnant People

CDC Recommends All Pregnant People or People Thinking About Becoming Pregnant Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

CDC has released new data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people and is recommending all people 12 years of age and older get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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