CHICAGO — Nearly 70 percent of Illinois adults have now gotten at least coronavirus vaccine dose.
Illinois and Chicago moved into Phase 5 of reopening Friday, lifting capacity restrictions at all businesses and events. All people still need to wear masks in certain places — including schools, health care facilities and on public transit — but fully vaccinated people don’t need masks in most settings. Unvaccinated people should still wear masks in most public settings, officials have said.
The move was made as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have plunged and more people have gotten vaccinated.
“Our city is back,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at a Friday news conference. “We are poised to roar back, to provide more business, more opportunity and, importantly, more jobs to Chicagoans.”
Lightfoot said Chicagoans endured “incredible hardship” during the past 15 months, but they showed, “We are strong. We are resilient. And we are back.”
Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said Chicago will continue to make progress so long as more people get vaccinated.
But the city is still seeing new cases, with the bulk of them coming in areas where people are less vaccinated, Arwady said.
Now that vaccines are widely available to people 12 and older, about 98 percent of new cases and deaths are among people who are not fully vaccinated, Arwady has previously said.
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.
The vaccinations are free and do not require insurance. Anyone can call the city’s coronavirus hotline at 312-746-4835 to get more information on how and where to get vaccinated in their community.
In Illinois, about 5.7 million people of all ages — or 45.11 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccination shots, according to state data.
Across the state, 41,953 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average. Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 11,924,966 vaccine doses of the 13,990,325 provided to them.
City data shows more than 1.2 million Chicagoans — or 45.8 percent of all residents — have gotten fully vaccinated. About 53.2 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot. Among Chicagoans 65 and older, 70.3 percent have gotten at least one dose, while 64 percent have finished their vaccination.
Twenty-six Illinoisans were reported dead from coronavirus over the weekend.
The most recent victims included 13 people from Cook County, including a woman in her 20s.
At least 23,061 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,420 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.
The state reported 566 cases since Friday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,387,595.
Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate fell slightly to .9 percent Sunday with 35,598 tests reported. It was at 1 percent Friday. 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 1.2 percent Sunday. It was at 1.3 percent Friday.
As of Saturday night, 625 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 180 people in the ICU and 93 people using ventilators.
In Chicago, seven deaths and 96 confirmed cases were reported since Friday. There have been at least 5,434 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 285,335 confirmed cases, according to state data.
The city is seeing an average of six deaths per day, an increase from four per day the week prior.
An average of 87 confirmed cases are being reported per day, an 18 percent decrease from the previous week. At the same time, testing has increased 10 percent since a week ago.
The city’s seven-day positivity rate is at 1.3 percent, down from 1.8 percent the week before.
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