New coronavirus cases are still on the rise in Illinois, but that rate of increase is slowing and hospitals are reporting fewer admissions in the past week.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the state is now averaging 3,639 new COVID cases per day over the past week. This represents a 16% increase from a week ago, when Illinois averaged 3,136 new cases per day, but it also represents a slowing in the rate of increase.
The state is also seeing fewer COVID hospitalizations than it has in previous days. According to the latest IDPH data, there are currently 699 patients in the state who are hospitalized with COVID, compared to 732 who were hospitalized on Thursday.
The state reports that 72 patients are currently in intensive care unit beds, up from 83 who were in those beds on April 22.
Officials say 3% of hospital beds in the state are currently being used by patients with COVID-19.
On Monday, Illinois officials reported 2,422 new COVID cases and no deaths in the state.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are still five counties in the state that are currently at an “average community level” of COVID transmission, with Lake and DuPage counties both reaching that threshold in suburban Chicago. .