16,742 new COVID cases, 64 deaths, 176,000 vaccinations in the past week – NBC Chicago – .

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16,742 new COVID cases, 64 deaths, 176,000 vaccinations in the past week – NBC Chicago – .


Illinois health officials on Friday reported 16,742 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, as well as 64 additional deaths and more than 176,000 new doses of the vaccine administered.

COVID cases statewide have increased by more than 43% in the past week, with hospitalizations up 33%, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Intensive care unit admissions also increased by 47%, and the number of COVID patients on ventilators nearly doubled over the past week, up 95%.

A total of 1,436,353 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state since the start of the pandemic. The additional deaths reported this week bring the state to 23,503 confirmed deaths from COVID.

The state has administered 365,210 tests since last Friday, officials said, bringing the total to more than 27 million tests carried out during the pandemic.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate for all tests rose to 5.2%, from 4.7% last week, from 3.5% the week before, officials said. The seven-day moving average positivity rate for cases as a percentage of total tests was 4.6% compared to 4% the week before, 3.3% two weeks ago and 1.9% three weeks ago.

The IDPH, however, noted that the regional seven-day positivity rate ranges from 3.1% to 10.3%.

In the past seven days, a total of 176,709 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been given to residents of Illinois – up from about 154,000 the previous week and bringing the state average to 25,244 daily doses of vaccination over the past week, according to IDPH data.

More than 13 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Illinois since vaccinations began in December. More than 59% of the state’s adult residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with 75% receiving at least one dose.

As of midnight, 1,200 patients are currently hospitalized due to COVID in the state. Of these patients, 246 are in intensive care beds and 121 are on ventilators. All three measures are an increase reported since last Friday.

This week, Governor JB Pritzker announced that all students and teachers in schools will be required to wear masks indoors as state officials take action to try to slow the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 .

Pritzker says the new requirement will take effect immediately and will also apply to all students and coaches participating in indoor sports and other activities.

He also announced that employees of state-run congregational care facilities, including correctional facilities, veterans’ homes and mental hospitals, will need to be vaccinated against COVID, effective October 4.

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