More than a month after Illinois moved into Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan, City of Sycamore officials announced masks will go back to being required for all employees and visitors in government buildings as virus cases trend upwards.
New evidence suggests the delta variant could be as contagious as the chickenpox, and even fully vaccinated people may be able to easily spread it. But the CDC emphasizes that COVID-19 vaccines are still highly effective at preventing infections, severe disease and death, and that breakthrough infections are uncommon.
Update: As COVID-19 community transmission again grows in DeKalb County, local health officials on Thursday issued new guidance strongly recommending a return to universal indoor masking in the county, regardless of vaccination status. Mayors throughout DeKalb County spoke to the Daily Chronicle in response: