Illinois health officials reported 33,066 new coronavirus cases over the past week, along with 59 additional deaths, marking slight increases in both measures from the previous seven days, as 50 counties across the are at a “high” community level of COVID-19.
The previous week, the state reported 27,543 new cases, 48 deaths and another 28 counties at the “high” community level.
The previous week, the state had reported 28,216 new cases and 74 deaths.
A total of 3,496,014 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 34,257 confirmed COVID deaths.
According to IDPH, the preliminary seven-day statewide case rate is 260 COVID cases per 100,000 Illinois residents.
As of midnight Thursday, 1,424 patients were hospitalized with COVID in the state. Of those patients, 152 are in intensive care beds and 42 on ventilators.
According to the CDC, 50 counties in Illinois are now classified at the “high” community level for COVID, including many counties around the Chicago metro area.
44 additional counties statewide are now classified at the “average community level”.
“With 94 counties now classified as medium or high community level for COVID-19, we are seeing a slow but steady increase in the number of cases,” IDPH Acting Director Amaal Tokars said in a statement. “We remind Illinoisans that the most important step they can take to protect themselves and their loved ones is to make sure they are up to date with vaccines and boosters. This is especially important for people who are vulnerable to serious medical consequences. It is recommended that you wear your mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded indoor spaces at this time. If necessary, contact a health care provider promptly to discuss the treatment that is right for you.
Counties listed at a “high” community level are Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Lake, McHenry, Will, Boone, Bureau, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago in northern Illinois; Adams, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Fulton, Knox, Livingston, Logan, Marshall, McDonough, Menard, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Sangamon, Schuyler, Tazewell, Vermillion and Warren in the center from Illinois; and Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Franklin, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Marion, Perry, Pulaski, Union, Wabash, and Williamson in southern Illinois.
Over the past seven days, the state’s daily immunization average has risen to 11,154 doses, according to IDPH data. Since last Friday, 78,081 doses have been administered statewide.
Over 22 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Illinois since vaccinations began in December 2020. Over 69% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID, and over 76% are receiving at least one dose. About 53% are also boosted.
At the high level, the CDC recommends that everyone in the area wear a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. For immunocompromised people, the CDC suggests avoiding “nonessential indoor activities” in public places.
In medium-risk counties, the CDC recommends that the elderly and immunocompromised wear a mask in indoor public places and receive COVID vaccines and boosters, if eligible.