28,000 new cases, 74 deaths last week as Chicago returns to high – NBC Chicago
Illinois health officials reported 28,216 new coronavirus cases over the past week, along with 74 additional deaths, marking a slight increase in cases from the previous seven days, as 28 counties across the State remain at a “high” community level of COVID-19.
The previous week, the state had reported 27,094 new cases, 82 deaths and 20 counties at the “high” community level.
The previous week, the state reported 27,112 new cases and 68 deaths were reported.
A total of 3,435,405 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 34,150 confirmed COVID deaths.
According to IDPH, the seven-day preliminary statewide case rate is 221 COVID cases per 100,000 Illinois residents.
As of midnight Thursday, 1,154 patients were hospitalized with COVID in the state. Of those patients, 122 are in intensive care beds and 44 on ventilators.
According to the CDC, 28 counties in Illinois are now classified at the “high” community level for COVID, an area that includes some of the counties around the Chicago metro area.
53 additional counties statewide are now classified at the “average community level”.
“As we celebrate the 4th of July this weekend, everyone should know that 81 counties in Illinois are ranked at the medium or high community level for COVID-19,” said the IDPH Acting Director, Amaal Tokars.
“That means people who are vulnerable to serious medical conditions are at higher risk,” she continued. “We remind holiday hosts to think about the safety of their friends and family. You should hold events outdoors if possible, and in well-ventilated spaces if indoors.”
“If you are attending a family reunion, you should be up to date and reinforced with your vaccinations. If you experience symptoms, you should take a COVID-19 test or stay home.”
Counties listed at the “high” community level are Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, Stephenson, Winnebago, Adams, Brown, Champaign, Christian. Clark, Douglas, Logan, Macon, Marshall, Ménard, Peoria, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Tazewell, Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Wayne and Williamson.
Over the past seven days, the state’s weekly immunization average has risen to 10,793 doses, according to IDPH data. Since last Friday, 75,552 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.
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.
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.