COVID-19 is rising up again in several areas of the state.

The State Department of Public Health is reporting more than 40,000 new cases and 56 additional deaths over the past week.

39 counties are at the medium level, while Boone, Lee, Stephenson, Winnebago, Peoria, Tazewell, Champaign and Ford are at high. Interim Director Dr. Amaal Tokars urges those who haven’t gotten the vaccine to do so, including the booster shot.

Tokars recommends if you do get sick, to contact your doctor right away for the appropriate therapeutic treatment.

Jackson County is rated as “medium” risk in the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level rating system.