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207,203 new cases, 738 deaths as measures increase last week – NBC Chicago

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207,203 new cases, 738 deaths as measures increase last week – NBC Chicago

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Illinois health officials reported 207,203 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, along with 738 additional deaths and more than 357,000 new vaccine doses administered.

New cases and deaths mark a continuous increase in recent weeks.

A total of 2,589,640 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 reported in the past five days bring the state to 29,099 confirmed COVID deaths.

The state has administered 1,956,972 tests since last Friday, officials said, bringing the total to nearly 48 million tests conducted during the pandemic.

The state’s test positivity rate over the past week has declined to 10.6%, down from the more than 18% reported last Friday. Meanwhile, the positivity rate on the individuals tested stands at 15.6%.

Over the past five days, a total of 357,487 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to Illinois residents. The latest numbers brought the state average down to 51,070 daily vaccination doses over the past week, according to IDPH data.

Over 19.8 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Illinois since vaccinations began in December 2020. Over 65% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and over 74% receive at least one dose.

As of midnight Thursday, 7,320 patients were hospitalized with COVID in the state, marking an increase of about 300 from last week. Of those patients, 1,148 are in intensive care beds and 657 are on ventilators, both of which have also increased over the past seven days.

IDPH noted that nearly 90% of patients currently hospitalized with COVID are not vaccinated.

207,203 new cases, 738 deaths as measures increase last week – NBC Chicago

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