Illinois health officials reported 24,646 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, along with 46 additional deaths. That’s an increase in cases, but a decrease in deaths compared to this time last week.
The previous week, the state had reported 19,551 new ones and 58 deaths. The previous week, the state reported 14,049 new cases and 45 deaths were reported.
A total of 3,138,682 coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since the pandemic began, according to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The additional deaths bring the state to 33,614 confirmed COVID deaths.
Over the past seven days, the state’s weekly vaccination average has dropped to 15,913 doses, according to IDPH data. Since last Friday, 111,391 doses have been administered statewide.
Over 21 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Illinois since vaccinations began in December 2020. Over 68% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and over 76% are receiving at less than one dose. About 51% are also boosted.
As of midnight Thursday, 732 patients were hospitalized with COVID in the state. Of those patients, 75 are in intensive care beds and 32 are on ventilators, both of which have declined over the past seven days.
Due to rising cases statewide, five counties in Illinois, including one in the Chicago area, have moved to medium community-level risk for COVID, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. and Prevention.
Lake, DuPage, Champaign, McLean and Piatt counties are at the next level of risk, which means the elderly or immunocompromised are asked to wear a mask in indoor public places.