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Illinois COVID cases rise nearly 10% last week as testing declines – NBC Chicago


While COVID cases in the state of Illinois remain relatively low, there has been a noticeable upward trend in numbers in recent days, with the state now reporting a 10% increase in daily cases over the past few days. last week.

According to the latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the state now averages 1,272 new probable and confirmed COVID cases per day over the past seven days. That’s a 10% increase from a week ago, when the state averaged 1,157 cases per day.

On Monday, the state said it had received reports of 756 new COVID cases, bringing the state’s total to just over 3.07 million during the pandemic.

While the number of cases and positivity rates, which rose slightly to 1.9%, have seen a slow increase, deaths and hospitalizations have remained stable. No new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, leaving the state with 33,400 COVID-related deaths during the pandemic.

There are currently 481 hospitalized patients who have been diagnosed with COVID in the state, 64 of whom are currently in intensive care unit beds. Both figures are in line with previous totals, according to data from the IDPH.

Testing is beginning to decline statewide, with only 28,858 test results returned to state labs in the past 24 hours. That gives the state an average of 68,113 tests per day over the past week, an 8.8% decrease from last week’s total.

As testing dwindles, vaccinations gain momentum. According to the state, an average of 13,736 vaccine doses per day are being administered in the state, more than double the average seen just four days ago.

A total of 72.5% of Illinois residents age 5 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID. Of this group, nearly 4.3 million received their COVID booster shots.

NBC Chicago

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