Cases and hospitalizations continue to slowly descend 3 weeks after mask mandate lifted – NBC Chicago

Three weeks after the state of Illinois lifted its mask mandate, and amid reports that cases of an omicron subvariant are beginning to rise, state health officials say the Rates of new COVID infections have remained largely stable, and even declined, over the past seven days.

According to the latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the state is now averaging 1,085 new COVID cases per day over the past week.

That figure was actually down from last Monday, when the state averaged 1,177 new virus cases per day.

A similar trend was noted in the number of new deaths per day. In the past two days, no new deaths have been reported in Illinois, bringing the daily average of COVID-related deaths to 16.

These numbers come even as the state averages more than 86,000 new test results submitted to labs each day.

Hospitalizations have continued to decline in the state, with 529 patients currently hospitalized with COVID in Illinois. Of those, 97 are in intensive care beds, and both numbers are the lowest the state has reported since last summer, before the delta variant caused an increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. death.

On Monday, 753 new cases of COVID were reported in Illinois. No deaths were reported for the second day in a row and the sixth time in March.

In total, Illinois has reported more than 3.05 million COVID cases during the pandemic, with 33,216 confirmed deaths. More than 56.5 million tests have been carried out during the pandemic, including nearly 50,000 on Monday.

The state’s COVID test positivity rate is holding steady at 1.3%, officials say.

All 102 counties in the state are currently in a “low transmission” risk category, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NBC Chicago

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