CHICAGO — Another 22 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. Chicago’s mass vaccination sites are talking walk-ins as supply has increased.
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 22 Illinoisans were reported dead from coronavirus since Thursday. The most recent victims included nine people from Cook County, including two people in their 40s.
At least 21,777 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,306 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.
The state reported 3,369 confirmed cases over the past day. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,316,091.
Across Illinois, about 118,741 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average. Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 8,610,478 vaccine doses of the 10,802,075 provided to them.
City data shows 1,813,918 doses of vaccine have been administered to Chicagoans, and 1,980,714 doses have been administered in the city overall. About 42 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot, while 27.3 percent have completed their vaccination. Among Chicagoans 65 and older, about 64.6 percent have gotten at least one dose, while 53.1 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 fell to 3.6 percent Friday with 104,795 tests reported. It was at 3.8 percent Thursday. 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 4.3 percent Friday. It was at 4.4 percent Thursday.
As of Thursday night, 2,112 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 506 people in the ICU and 230 people using ventilators.
In Chicago, three deaths and 644 confirmed cases were reported since Thursday. There have been at least 5,125 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 271,819 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 626 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 15 percent decrease from the previous week. At the same time, testing has fallen 4 percent since a week ago.
The city’s seven-day positivity rate is at 5.3 percent, down from 5.7 percent the week before.
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