Illinois health officials reported 40,026 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, along with 45 additional deaths. While cases have increased, deaths have fallen by one over the past seven days.
The previous week, the state had reported 30,633 new ones and 46 deaths. The previous week, the state had reported 24,646 new cases and 46 deaths had been reported.
A total of 3,209,341 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 33,705 confirmed COVID deaths.
Over the past seven days, the state’s weekly vaccination average has dropped to 11,586 doses, according to IDPH data. Since last Friday, 81,101 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-19, and over 76% are receiving at less than one dose. About 51% are also boosted.
As of midnight Thursday, 909 patients were hospitalized with COVID in the state. Of those patients, 87 are in intensive care beds and 25 on ventilators.
Due to rising cases statewide, 23 counties in Illinois have moved to medium community-level risk for COVID, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since Chicago went from a “low” to “medium” COVID-19 risk, city health officials have “strongly recommended” that people wear masks in indoor public spaces.
On Thursday, the city of Evanston went from a “medium” COVID risk to “high,” which is the highest alert level, according to the CDC.