More than half of Sycamore’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while the more populous city of DeKalb’s inoculation rate is about 40%, according to the latest available state data. New data obtained by the Daily Chronicle paints a more detailed picture of who’s vaccinated where, and how local leaders are using that data in ongoing pandemic responses.
A month after Northern Illinois University announced students taking classes on campus will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine, officials said Wednesday NIU now requires face masks to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status.
IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike: “Until more people are vaccinated, we join CDC in recommending everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in areas of substantial and high transmissions, and in K-12 schools.”
New cases of COVID-19 were reported in the double digits again Tuesday, with health officials reporting 17 more virus cases and nearly 50 more residents added to DeKalb County’s fully vaccinated total.
Citing new information about the ability of the delta variant to spread among vaccinated people, the CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
Nearly three dozen more COVID-19 cases were identified over the weekend in DeKalb County, according to local health officials, as cases trended upwards for the first time since early June, coming off a July week when more than 60 cases were reported, about three times the average weekly case count in June.