Illinois health officials issued a warning on Friday, saying the rise in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks is a “cause for concern.”
Since Memorial Day, Illinois has seen a 10% increase in COVID cases, reversing the downward trend of the past two weeks, according to IDPH Acting Director Amaal Tokars.
“This rise is cause for concern – and a reminder to all of us, especially as we approach Father’s Day and the June 16 weekend, that we can all do our part to fight the virus and protect our families. friends and family who are vulnerable to serious consequences by taking simple steps,” Tokars said.
Illinois health officials reported 34,001 new COVID cases over the past week, along with 73 additional deaths, marking a slight drop in cases from the previous seven days as 23 counties in the state reach a “high” community level of COVID.
The previous week, the state had reported 32,605 new cases and 47 deaths. The previous week, the state reported 36,843 new cases and 45 deaths were reported.
A total of 3,352,983 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 33,926 confirmed COVID deaths.
According to IDPH, the seven-day preliminary statewide case rate is 267 COVID cases per 100,000 Illinois residents.
As of midnight Thursday, 1,189 patients were hospitalized with COVID in the state. Of those patients, 124 are in intensive care beds and 27 on ventilators.
Over the past seven days, the state’s weekly vaccination average has dropped to 11,813 doses, according to IDPH data. Since last Friday, 82,691 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, and over 76% are receiving at least one dose. About 53% are also boosted.
As of Friday, the following 32 counties in Illinois were at high risk for COVID at the community level: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Boone, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle, Winnebago, Brown, Cass, Champaign, Ford, Fulton, Knox, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, McLean, Menard, Montgomery, Peoria, Sangamon, Tazewell, Woodford, Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac and Williamson.
At the high level, the CDC recommends that everyone in the area wear a mask indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. For immunocompromised people, the CDC suggests avoiding “nonessential indoor activities” in public places.
“With 45 counties in Illinois now classified as medium or high community, we all need to be sure we are up to date with vaccinations and boosters,” IDPH Acting Director Amaal Tokars said in a statement. a statement. “We should all strongly consider masking up if entering indoor public places and avoiding crowded indoor spaces as much as possible at this time – especially if you are at risk of suffering a serious outcome. If you test positive, contact a healthcare provider promptly to discuss the treatment that is right for you. Treatments are much more effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths when taken early in the disease.
According to CDC data, 39 more counties in Illinois are now ranked at the medium community level.
In medium-risk counties, the CDC recommends that the elderly and immunocompromised wear a mask in indoor public places and receive COVID vaccines and boosters, if eligible.