CHICAGO — Illinois reported 422 people with coronavirus dying over the long holiday weekend.
The state reported 96 COVID-19 deaths Thursday, 156 Friday, 66 Saturday and 104 Sunday. The most recent victims included 178 people from Cook County, including a man in his 30s.
At least 15,969 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 1,367 deaths are probably related, according to the state.
The state also reported 19,839 confirmed cases since Wednesday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 937,909.
There is growing hope as the virus’s spread has slowed in Illinois, though new cases and positivity rates remain high. More than 100,000 people have been vaccinated in Illinois and more than 20,000 vaccinations have been done in Chicago.
But officials have cautioned it will be months before vaccines are widely available.
That means people are still at risk and will have to take precautions, like staying socially distant and wearing a mask, for much of 2021, officials have said.
“This is a time where we still have a lot of COVID in Chicago,” Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said last week. There is a “high risk in terms of gathering. If you can avoid going out — unless it’s for work or for school or for really essential reasons — please do.”
People should keep wearing a mask, staying socially distant and washing their hands frequently, experts have said.
Every region in Illinois remains under Tier 3 restrictions. The rules close museums, casinos and theaters; cut capacity at stores; stop indoor sports and put stricter rules in place at gyms and salons, among other things.
Gov. JB Pritzker has said those mitigations will likely remain in place for some time into January as officials hope they can help prevent a post-holiday surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Testing fell dramatically over the holiday weekend, but Illinois’ and Chicago’s positivity rates are still down.
Illinois’ seven-day positivity was at 6.8 percent Sunday with 46,226 tests reported. It was at 7.4 percent Wednesday. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests.
Illinois’ seven-day test positivity, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 8.5 percent Sunday. It was at 9 percent Wednesday.
As of Saturday night, 4,083 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 905 people in the ICU and 497 people using ventilators.
In Chicago, 88 deaths and 3,668 confirmed cases were reported since Wednesday. There have been at least 4,081 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 200,721 confirmed cases, according to state data.
The city is seeing an average of 18 deaths per day, down from an average of 20 deaths per day the week prior.
An average of 1,105 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 17 percent decrease from the previous week.
The city’s seven-day positivity rate is at 8.6 percent, down from 11.1 percent the week before.
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