Illinois COVID Update: IL Reports 2,903 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 New Death; Cook County at ‘high’ level of transmission

CHICAGO (WLS) — Illinois reported 2,903 new COVID cases and 1 new death on Monday.

Cook County remains in the “high” category for COVID transmission.

IDPH said “daily deaths reported on weekends and early in the week may be low” and “those deaths will be captured in the following days”.

There have been at least 3,573,895 total COVID cases in the state since the start of the pandemic and at least 34,363 related deaths.

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The daily case rate per 100,000 population is 34.9.

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As of Sunday evening, 1,416 Illinois patients were in hospital with COVID-19. Of these, 157 patients were in intensive care and 50 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators. Health officials say 24% of hospital beds are available.

A total of 23,009,531 vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois through Sunday, and 65.34% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines given daily is 11,229.

According to the CDC, 66 counties are now rated at High community level for COVID-19. Another 31 counties in Illinois are now ranked at the community average level.

Counties listed at the high community level are Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will, and Winnebago in northern Illinois; Adams, Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Fulton, Hancock, Knox, Macon, Marshall, Moultrie, Pike, Shelby, Vermillion, and Warren in central Illinois; and Bond, Calhoun, Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, St. Clair, Union , Wabash, Wayne, Washington and Williamson in southern Illinois.

“With 97 counties at high risk for COVID-19, the most important thing people can do to protect themselves is to make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations and boosters,” said the acting director of IDPH, Amaal Tokars. “It’s the single most effective way we have to protect ourselves from serious illness, hospitalization and death. So please don’t wait to find out!”

The CDC recommends the following measures for people in areas classified as high community level for transmission of COVID-19:

  • Wear a properly fitted mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status (including K-12 schools and other indoor community settings)
  • If you are immunocompromised or at high risk of serious illness
  • -Wear a mask or respirator that gives you better protection

    -Consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public where you may be exposed

    – Talk to your health care provider to find out if you need to take any other precautions

    -Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g. having home testing or having access to testing)

    -IF YOUR TEST IS POSITIVE: Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals and monoclonal antibodies

  • If you have family or social contact with someone at high risk of serious illness
  • – consider self-testing to detect infection before contact

    -consider wearing a mask when you are indoors with them

  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and reminders
  • Maintain improved ventilation in interior spaces when possible
  • Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including testing if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19
  • At the average community level, elderly or immunocompromised people (at risk of serious consequences) are advised to wear a mask in indoor public places. Additionally, they should make sure to get up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines or get their 2nd booster, if eligible.

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