CHICAGO — Twenty-seven more people were reported to have died during the past day in Illinois.
Four of the victims were in Cook County. At least 7,833 people have died from coronavirus in Illinois.
Another 1,832 cases were reported, as well, bringing the state’s total up to 213,721. Illinois’ positivity rate is at 4.4 percent.
As of Wednesday night, 1,519 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 357 people in the ICU and 124 people using ventilators.
“I’m concerned that we’ve grown numb of these numbers, and we need to remember they’re not just numbers. These are people,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said at a Wednesday press conference. “They were so sick they were hospitalized in the intensive care unit and, unfortunately, succumbed.”
The average number of new cases per day rose to 310 in Chicago as of Thursday. An average of three people are dying from coronavirus per day in the city.
The city’s positivity rate is at 4.9 percent.
Throughout Chicago, at least 2,836 people have died from coronavirus and there have been 67,076 confirmed cases.
Ezike urged people to remember the “virus is not tired” and is still continuing to wreak havoc.
Things might be better in Illinois than in other states, Ezike said, but that doesn’t mean things are going well here.
“… We are going in the wrong direction,” Ezike said. “The country as a whole for four weeks in a row, the positivity rate has declined. For four weeks in a row for Illinois, the positivity rate has increased.
“This is precisely the time we have to act. We want to prevent from getting into a very bad spot.”
Ezike also urged people to get a flu shot, which are now becoming available. Flu vaccines will be particularly important this year due to the pandemic, as officials don’t want to handle a bad influenza epidemic on top of coronavirus.
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