7,983 new COVID cases, 47 deaths, 139,000 vaccinations in the past week – NBC Chicago


Illinois health officials on Friday reported 7,983 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, as well as 47 additional deaths and more than 139,000 new doses of the vaccine administered.

A total of 1,407,929 coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since the start of the pandemic. The additional deaths reported this week bring the state to 23,401 confirmed deaths from COVID.

The state has administered 241,150 tests since last Friday, officials said, bringing the total to more than 26 million tests carried out during the pandemic.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate for all tests rose to 3.3%, from 1.9% the week before and 1.5% two weeks earlier, meaning the positivity rate has increased. that doubled in the past two weeks. The seven-day moving average positivity rate of those tested rose to 3.5%, from 1.7% and then 2.3% in the past two weeks, officials said.

Over the past seven days, a total of 139,495 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to residents of Illinois. That brings the state average to 19,928 daily immunization doses over the past week, down from numbers reported last Friday, according to data from the IDPH.

State officials said Illinois this week crossed the threshold of 13 million vaccine doses given since vaccinations began in December. More than 58% of the state’s adult residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with 73% receiving at least one dose.

As of midnight, 670 patients are currently hospitalized due to COVID in the state. Of these patients, 135 are in intensive care units and 44 are on ventilators. All three measures are an increase reported since last Friday.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker warned Tuesday that stricter mitigation measures could return for areas with increased COVID cases.

“I strongly believe that we will impose mitigation measures as appropriate, if necessary,” Pritzker said in an interview.

Calling on anyone who has not been vaccinated to be vaccinated, Pritzker said the state continues to monitor COVID measures like the positivity rate, number of cases and hospitalizations.

“It’s always a difficult thing for me,†he said. “I wake up every morning and look at these numbers and when they go up, you know it’s a bad day, and I want to do whatever I can to alleviate that. So that includes making sure that the tests are widely available, which makes I’m sure vaccines are widely available, and I will continue to do so and if we need to take more stringent mitigation measures, we will. “

On the same day, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was “sounding the alarm bells” because of a recent increase in coronavirus cases across the city.

Citing an increase in both average daily cases and test positivity in Chicago largely attributed to the more transmissible delta variant, Lightfoot said that although the numbers are still well below the peaks seen during the peak of the pandemic, “This is still a worrying development that we want to not only stay one step ahead, but to crush completely.”

“If we allow the virus to continue to linger here in Chicago, we will likely see other mutations, which our current vaccines may not be able to protect against, and will need to tighten some of the restrictions that have become infamous for one. much of 2020, and part of 2021, “Lightfoot said in an update on the coronavirus alongside city health officials.

“The reality is that this worst-case scenario is entirely preventable, and that’s because we have three different vaccines readily available to all of our residents, which provide very good protection against delta and other newer variants. “, she added.

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