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Chicago Could Soon See Another Day Where No One Dies From COVID, City’s Top Doc Says

People getting vaccinated means there have been fewer coronavirus cases — and resulting deaths — in Chicago.

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CHICAGO — Chicago could soon see a day where no one dies from coronavirus, the city’s top doctor said Tuesday.

All of Chicago’s COVID-19 metrics are headed in the right way, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said during a Tuesday livestream. The city’s averaging 42 new confirmed cases per day, fewer than 10 people with COVID-19 are being hospitalized per day and two people are dying per day from the virus.

The city hasn’t had a day where someone didn’t die from coronavirus since September, Arwady said. But that now seems possible again, as cases, hospitalizations and deaths have fallen as more people get vaccinated against coronavirus.

“I do think it will be coming soon,” Arwady said.

Chicagoans who are not vaccinated and older people remain the most at risk for being hospitalized for and dying from COVID-19, Arwady said. She’s said she’s worried about how less-vaccinated communities will fare if there’s another surge in cases after the warm weather dies down, especially as the more-contagious Delta variant has spread in Chicago.

The city is trying to encourage more people to get vaccinated by going door-to-door to share information and offering them incentives like Lollapalooza tickets and gift cards. Any Chicagoan 12 and older can now get vaccinated at home, as well.

“This is how we save lives,” Arwady said. “This is how we avoid more of a surge in the fall and winter.

“… It is all of you who have gotten us this far, and we need to keep making progress on vaccination to maintain this progress as we look ahead.”

New:

• All Chicagoans can now get vaccinated at home for free, and they’ll get $50 gift cards for doing so.

• The United Center mass vaccination site will close after Thursday.

• Chicago State University’s drive-thru vaccinations are over, but it’s still accepting walk-ups.

• Illinois has a vaccine lottery. People who get shots can win up to $1 million.

Families can get reimbursed for funeral costs if they lost a loved one to COVID-19.

• Vaccinations are now available outside some “L” stations Mondays and Fridays.

Vaccinations:

• In Illinois, about 6 million people of all ages — or 46.94 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccination shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 31,164 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 12,288,242 vaccine doses of the 14,113,585 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.29 million Chicagoans — or 48 percent of all residents — have gotten fully vaccinated. About 54.7 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:

• Eight Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 since Tuesday.

• At least 23,173 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,435 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 258 cases since Tuesday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,389,892.

• Since Tuesday, 43,928 tests were reported statewide. In all, 25,535,634 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at .6 percent. 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, was at .9 percent.

• As of Tuesday night, 114 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 51 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, one death was reported since Tuesday. There have been at least 5,455 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of two deaths per day, down from an average of four per day the week prior.

• Chicago has had 43 confirmed cases reported since Tuesday. It’s had a total of 285,738 confirmed cases. An average of 42 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 32 percent decrease from the previous week.

• At the same time, testing has decreased 20 percent since a week ago.

• Chicago’s positivity rate was at .6 percent, down from .7 percent the week prior.

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