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COOK COUNTY, Illinois – Local health officials are warning residents to continue taking precautions against COVID-19 as Omicron continues to rage in the area.

In a virtual meeting on Thursday, Cook County health officials said some people are abandoning their vigilance because they think they will eventually get COVID-19.

“This surge is really out of control,” said Dr. Mark Loafman. “I think we are hearing a sense of the inevitability that COVID omicron is here, we will all get it. We urge people to rethink that. “

In Illinois, more than 7,200 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized in Illinois on Thursday. More than 80% of the patients were hospitalized.

“We purposely hear from these ‘COVID parties’ or people, ‘I hope I can handle this,’ said Dr. Loafman. “And that used to be the case with chickenpox.”

Dr. Loafman said the increase in hospital admissions is weighing on medical professionals. On Wednesday, Governor Pritzker announced that his government is sending more than 2,000 health care workers to some of the hardest-hit hospitals in Illinois.

National Nurses United, the largest union for nurses, said there was no shortage of nurses – just a shortage of nurses willing to work in unsafe conditions.

Dr. Loafman contradicted Dr. Anthony Fauci, who recently said it was inevitable that everyone would get the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

“I don’t think it’s inevitable that we all get it. I think the more people get it and spread it, the more of us will get it, ”said Dr. Loafman. “So we see that this is very much going on right now.”

Dr. Loafman reminds residents to keep washing their hands, looking for refreshments, and social distance.

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