CHICAGO — More than 9 million coronavirus vaccine doses have now been administered in Illinois.
At the same time, the average number of doses being administered per day has stagnated — and, at times, even dropped — recently. That change has come even though the vast majority of Illinoisans are not fully vaccinated, though everyone 16 and older is now eligible for the shots.
At the beginning of April, Illinois was administering an average of 109,073 doses per day. By mid-April, that rose to an average of 138,538 doses administered daily.
But as of Wednesday, an average of 100,823 doses are being administered per day in Illinois.
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.
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.
Another 33 Illinoisans were reported dead from coronavirus over the past day.
The most recent victims included 16 people from Cook County, including a woman in her 20s and a man in his 40s.
At least 21,891 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,320 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.
The state reported 2,728 cases over the past day. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,328,454.
Across Illinois, 100,823 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average. Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 9,048,300 vaccine doses of the 11,322,205 provided to them.
City data shows 1,921,949 doses of vaccine have been administered to Chicagoans, and 2,081,347 doses have been administered in the city overall. About 43.7 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot, while 29.5 percent have completed their vaccination. Among Chicagoans 65 and older, about 65.6 percent have gotten at least one dose, while 54.4 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 slightly to 3.4 percent Wednesday with 87,698 tests reported. It was at 3.5 percent Tuesday. 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, held at 4.1 percent Wednesday.
As of Tuesday night, 2,154 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 502 people in the ICU and 238 people using ventilators.
In Chicago, 10 deaths and 448 confirmed cases were reported since Tuesday. There have been at least 5,159 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 274,147 confirmed cases, according to state data.
The city is seeing an average of four deaths per day, down from an average of five deaths per day the week prior.
An average of 527 confirmed cases are being reported per day, an 18 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 4.8 percent, down from 5.4 percent the week before.
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