CHICAGO — Another 24 people were reported to have died from coronavirus during the past day in Illinois.
Nine of the victims were in Cook County, including a man in his 30s. The state has seen at least 7,857 people die from coronavirus.
Another 2,208 cases of coronavirus were reported during the past day, as well, bringing the total in Illinois up to 215,929. The state’s positivity rate dipped slightly to 4.3 percent.
As of Thursday night, 1,526 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 351 people in the ICU and 121 people on ventilators.
In Chicago, the average number of new cases per day rose to 315 as of Friday. The city is seeing three people die per day on average.
In all, at least 2,837 people have died from coronavirus in Chicago, and there have been 67,441 confirmed cases. The city’s positivity rate is 4.9 percent.
“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.”
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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