Illinois continues to see steep declines in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in recent weeks – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — What a difference a month makes. COVID-19 cases in Illinois have fallen sharply in recent weeks, falling to their lowest levels since Omicron’s surge began.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,701 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the second-lowest daily total since early December, when the first cases of the Omicron variant were first detected in the country. ‘State.

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Illinois is now averaging 7,221 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the past week, a 78% decrease from the state’s peak of 32,501 cases per day on Jan. 12.

Just a month ago, Illinois reported 42,903 new cases of COVID-19, the second-highest daily total in the entire pandemic.

The state’s seven-day average case positivity rate fell to 5.5%, after hitting 15.2% in January.

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Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are also seeing a sharp decline over the past month. As of Sunday evening, a total of 2,744 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Illinois, down 62% from a month ago. Hospitalizations in Illinois peaked at 7,380 on Jan. 12 but have been falling steadily since.

Deaths from COVID-19 have also fallen sharply in recent weeks. On Monday, Illinois averaged 81 daily COVID deaths, down nearly a third from the 120 average daily deaths two weeks ago.

On Monday morning, Governor JB Pritzker said that with COVID rates going in the right direction, he hopes to provide further guidance on COVID-19 in the coming days, although he refrained from saying specifically that he planned to lift the Illinois indoor mask mandate or school. mask mandate.

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A downstate judge last week issued a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of the school mask mandate in more than 140 districts, but Pritzker and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul are doing appeal that decision and ask a state appeals court to overturn the temporary restraining order.


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