CHICAGO — Another 28 Illinoisans were reported dead from coronavirus over the past day.
For weeks, the state was seeing quick growth in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and positivity rates, with officials warning of a third wave. That growth has stalled recently, though numbers have not begun to drop.
Officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated and to continue taking safety precautions — like wearing a mask and staying socially distant — for the time being.
The city opened up vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and over Monday, while Illinois opened eligibility April 12. There still aren’t enough doses to vaccinate everyone at once, officials have said, but more and more appointments are becoming available.
Current vaccines have been shown to be highly effective at preventing serious illness and death among those more common variants, but the vast majority of Chicagoans have not yet been fully vaccinated.
At the same time, the city has maintained its loosened rules on businesses, allowing for more people to gather at restaurants and bars. Reopening is also stalled on a statewide level.
Another 28 Illinoisans were reported dead from coronavirus since Tuesday. The most recent victims included eight people from Cook County, including a man in his 40s.
At least 21,722 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,296 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.
The state reported 2,765 confirmed cases over the past day. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,309,552.
Across Illinois, about 122,842 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average. Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 8,342,542 vaccine doses of the 10,358,875 provided to them.
City data shows 1,753,509 doses of vaccine have been administered to Chicagoans, and 1,922,725 doses have been administered in the city overall. About 41 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot, while 26 percent have completed their vaccination. Among Chicagoans 65 and older, about 64.1 percent have gotten at least one dose, while 52.3 percent have finished their vaccination.
People are still at risk from COVID-19 and will have to continue taking precautions for much of 2021, officials have said. People should keep wearing a mask, staying socially distant, washing their hands frequently, not gathering, not traveling and not having people into their home, experts have said.
Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate held at 3.8 percent Wednesday with 81,133 tests reported. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests.
Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, fell to 4.4 percent Wednesday. It was at 4.5 percent Tuesday.
As of Tuesday night, 2,191 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 521 people in the ICU and 237 people using ventilators.
In Chicago, six deaths and 562 confirmed cases were reported since Tuesday. There have been at least 5,116 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 270,554 confirmed cases, according to state data.
The city is seeing an average of five deaths per day, unchanged from the week prior.
An average of 640 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 10 percent decrease from the previous week. At the same time, testing has fallen 3 percent since a week ago.
The city’s seven-day positivity rate is at 5.4 percent, down from 5.7 percent the week before.
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