CDC, IDPH: Small mixed household gatherings, traveling to high rate areas not advised

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CHICAGO – With holidays less than weeks away, the Centers for Disease Control and Illinois Department of Public Health are advising residents to avoid traveling to areas that are experiencing high case numbers of COVID-19.

The information was including in a daily COVID-19 press release Thursday afternoon.

“In our current situation, with a rising prevalence of the virus, attending even small gatherings that mix households, or traveling to areas that are experiencing high rates of positivity, is not advised.” The Illinois Department of Public Health warned Thursday afternoon.

The warning came as Illinois once again reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases statewide, with 12,702 new cases Thursday. The agency also reported 43 new deaths in Illinois. Today marked the second day this week with over 100,000 tests processed in a 24-hour window.

There have now been 536,542 cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 10,477 deaths. Thursday, the state’s weekly positivity increased to 12.6%.

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