10,000 new cases, 272 deaths last week as decline continues – NBC Chicago

Illinois health officials reported 10,462 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, along with 272 additional deaths and more than 87,000 new vaccine doses administered, marking a continued decline in cases and death.

The previous week, the state had reported 13,028 new cases and 355 deaths. The previous week, 20,896 new cases and 417 deaths had been reported.

A total of 3,037,199 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 32,926 confirmed COVID deaths.

The state has administered 750,521 tests since last Friday, officials said, bringing the total to more than 55 million tests conducted during the pandemic.

The state’s test positivity rate over the past week fell to 1.4%, down from the 1.8% reported last Friday. Meanwhile, the positivity rate of individuals tested fell to 1.6%, from 2.4% the previous week.

Over the past seven days, the state’s weekly immunization average has dropped to 12,488 doses, according to IDPH data.

Over 21 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Illinois since vaccinations began in December 2020. Over 67% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and over 76% are receiving at less one dose. More than 49% are also boosted.

As of midnight Thursday, 843 patients were hospitalized with COVID in the state. Of those patients, 153 are in intensive care beds and 77 are on ventilators, both of which have declined over the past seven days.

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