A week after Illinois averaged more than 6,000 COVID-19 cases for the first time in three months, the state saw a break in the upward trend — as slight decreases in case counts and hospitalizations have been reported.
However, the measures still remain significantly higher than they were a few months ago, according to data recently released by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Illinois has averaged 5,396 daily COVID cases over the past week, state data showed. The number is down from last week, which marked the first time Illinois topped the 6,000 case mark since Feb. 9.
Over the past seven days, the daily average of new COVID cases has decreased by 1.65%, according to IDPH officials. Over the past month, the total number of cases has increased by 97%.
According to data from IDPH, the state averaged eight deaths a day over the past week, up from six a week earlier.
Hospitalizations have also fallen in recent days, but last week they topped the 1,000 mark for the first time in months.
While the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 fell for months earlier this year, hospitalizations increased to the point where they were from mid-February to late February, when more than 1,000 hospital beds were regularly occupied daily by COVID patients.
A total of 1,120 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, up from 1,055 patients a day earlier.
A drop in hospitalizations occurred a few days earlier, with the number of patients falling from 1,083 to 1,060 between May 18 and May 19. Of the 1,055 people with COVID-19 hospitalized on Saturday, a total of 117 were occupying intensive care unit beds. .
As far as vaccinations go, over 8.27 million people over the age of 5 have been fully vaccinated, representing about 73% of that population in the state.
Illinois now has an average of 12,707 new vaccine doses administered per day, down slightly from the previous week. Additionally, nearly 4.5 million reminders have been administered to state residents since they became available last year.