60,000 new cases, 608 deaths last week as cases and deaths plummet – NBC Chicago

Illinois health officials reported 60,389 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, along with 608 additional deaths and more than 200,000 new vaccine doses administered, marking a decline in cases and deaths compared to the previous week.

Last week, the state reported 123,812 new cases and 843 deaths.

A total of 2,957,563 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 31,296 confirmed COVID deaths.

The state has administered 1,047,216 tests since last Friday, officials said, bringing the total to more than 51 million tests conducted during the pandemic.

The state’s test positivity rate over the past week fell to 5.8%, down from 9.4% reported last Friday. Meanwhile, the positivity rate on individuals tested stands at 8%.

Over the past seven days, the state’s weekly vaccination average has dropped to 28,626 doses, according to IDPH data.

Over 20.6 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Illinois since vaccinations began in December 2020. Over 66% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and over 75% receive at least one dose. More than 47% are also boosted.

As of midnight Thursday, 3,135 patients were hospitalized with COVID in the state. Of those patients, 546 are in intensive care beds and 314 are on ventilators, both of which have declined over the past seven days.

NBC Chicago

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