8K new cases, 87 deaths last week as cases climb slightly – NBC Chicago

Illinois health officials reported 8,426 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, along with 87 additional deaths, marking a slight increase in cases after weeks of decline, but a continued decline in deaths .

The previous week, the state had reported 8,039 and 109 deaths. The previous week, 7,467 new cases and 123 deaths had been reported.

A total of 3,069,650 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 33,394 confirmed COVID deaths.

The state has administered 501,236 tests since last Friday, officials said, bringing the total to more than 57 million tests conducted during the pandemic.

The state’s test positivity rate over the past week also rose slightly to 1.7%, up from the 1.4% reported last Friday. At the same time, the positivity rate of individuals tested fell from 1.5% to 1.5% the previous week.

Over the past seven days, the state’s weekly immunization average has dropped to 8,386 doses, according to IDPH data.

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 50% are also boosted.

As of midnight Thursday, 500 patients were hospitalized due to COVID in the state. Of those patients, 73 are in intensive care beds and 26 are on ventilators, both of which have declined over the past seven days.

NBC Chicago

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