CHICAGO — Another 42 Illinoisans were reported dead from coronavirus during the past day.
Though COVID-19 continues to kill people, new cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations have declined in recent weeks as more people get their shots.
But vaccine demand has fallen sharply, so officials are trying to make it easier for people to get the shots. Vaccines have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, and everyone 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated.
The majority of Chicagoans and Illinoisans are not fully vaccinated, though: Only about 5.1 million people — or 40.62 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccination shots.
The state is helping community groups host vaccine events. Health departments are bringing vaccinations to workplaces, beaches, parks and more. The city has said it’ll bring vaccine vans to festivals and other events.
People getting vaccinated is still the best bet for ending the pandemic, reopening businesses and having the world return to normal, officials have said. More people getting vaccinated also means there are fewer chances for variants of COVID-19 to develop and spread, which would endanger people and pose a threat to reopening efforts.
Across Illinois, 67,485 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average. Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 11,113,382 vaccine doses of the 13,451,725 provided to them.
City data shows more than 1 million Chicagoans — or 40.8 percent of all residents — have now gotten fully vaccinated. About 51.2 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot. Among Chicagoans 65 and older, 70.2 percent have gotten at least one dose, while 61 percent have finished their vaccination.
The most recent coronavirus victims included 16 people from Cook County, including two people in their 40s and four people in their 50s.
At least 22,718 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,383 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.
The state reported 891 cases over the past day. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,379,279.
Illinois’ seven-day positivity fell slightly to 1.9 percent Thursday with 67,705 tests reported. It was at 2 percent Wednesday. 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 slightly to 2.5 percent Thursday. It was at 2.6 percent Wednesday.
As of Wednesday night, 1,316 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 339 people in the ICU and 186 people using ventilators.
In Chicago, seven deaths and 139 confirmed cases were reported since Wednesday. There have been at least 5,338 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 283,798 confirmed cases, according to state data.
The city is seeing an average of five deaths per day, down from six per day the week prior.
An average of 231 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 19 percent decrease from the previous week. At the same time, testing has fallen 11 percent since a week ago.
The city’s seven-day positivity rate is at 2.9 percent, down from 3.1 percent the week before.
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