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More Than 50,000 COVID Vaccine Doses Were Given In Illinois During Past Day

In Illinois, about 5.8 million people of all ages — or 45.89 percent of the state's 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccination shots.

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are administered by Jewel-Osco pharmacists to union workers at the IUOE Local 399 union hall ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to discuss vaccine rollouts and union work in Chicago on April 6, 2021.
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CHICAGO — More than 50,000 coronavirus vaccine doses were administered during the past day in Illinois.

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.

New:

• People are “yarn bombing” The 606 to brighten neighbors’ day after the hard pandemic year.

• Beloved street festivals are making a comeback as the world reopens. Among them: Apple Fest in Lincoln Square.

• A memorial is being created at Loyola Beach’s sea wall to honor victims of COVID-19.

Water fountains and public outdoor pools are returning.

Vaccinations:

• In Illinois, about 5.8 million people of all ages — or 45.89 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccination shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 44,427 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 12,070,091 vaccine doses of the 14,000,425 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.26 million Chicagoans — or 46.9 percent of all residents — have gotten fully vaccinated. About 53.8 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.

COVID-19 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.

The numbers:

• Twenty-one Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 during the past day.

• At least 23,104 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,427 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 352 cases since Tuesday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,388,338.

• In the past 24 hours, 43,926 tests were reported statewide. In all, 25,271,173 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• As of Tuesday night, 156 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 72 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, no deaths were reported since Tuesday. There have been at least 5,444 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of five deaths per day, unchanged from the week prior.

• Chicago has had 71 confirmed cases reported since Tuesday. It’s had a total of 285,463 confirmed cases. An average of 62 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 26 percent decrease from the previous week.

• At the same time, testing has increased 18 percent since a week ago.

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