CHICAGO — Another 10 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. Those numbers are beginning to drop now, though.
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. Anyone who is 16 or older can now get vaccinated in Chicago and Illinois.
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.
The most recent victims included six people from Cook County, including a woman in her 30s.
At least 21,836 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,314 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.
The state reported 2,137 cases over the past day. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,323,170.
Across Illinois, 105,873 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average. Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 8,860,975 vaccine doses of the 10,913,325 provided to them.
City data shows 1,876,041 doses of vaccine have been administered to Chicagoans, and 2,040,123 doses have been administered in the city overall. About 43 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot, while 28.5 percent have completed their vaccination. Among Chicagoans 65 and older, about 65.1 percent have gotten at least one dose, while 53.8 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 3.5 percent Monday with 49,236 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, rose slightly to 4.1 percent Monday. It was at 4 percent Sunday.
As of Sunday night, 2,083 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 506 people in the ICU and 251 people using ventilators.
In Chicago, two deaths and 400 confirmed cases were reported since Sunday. There have been at least 5,138 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 273,294 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 556 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 20 percent decrease from the previous week. At the same time, testing has fallen 6 percent since a week ago.
The city’s seven-day positivity rate is at 5 percent, down from 5.6 percent the week before.
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