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Illinois Reports 18,735 New Cases of COVID-19, 236 Deaths Over the Last Week

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 18,735 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Illinois on Friday, including 236 recent deaths since last Friday’s report.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, more than 81 percent of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. More than 64 percent of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated.

Nearly 68 percent of Illinois’ total population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 53 percent of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated.

Illinois COVID-19 Testing (Photo:WTTW)

IDPH Report

In 102 Illinois counties, the IDPH reports a total of 1,630,864 cases, with 25,017 deaths. Laboratories have reported 842,141 specimens for a total of 32,034,910 since Friday, September 24.

IDPH reported 180,411 COVID-19 tests on Thursday, the highest one-day total of COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began. As of Thursday night, 1,833 people in Illinois had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and were in the hospital. There were 447 ICU patients and 236 COVID-19 patients on ventilators among them.

From September 24 to 30, 2021, the preliminary statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests was 2.2 percent. From September 24 to 30, 2021, the initial statewide test positivity rate was 2.8 percent.

As of last night’s midnight, 14,571,537 vaccines had been administered in Illinois. The daily average of vaccine doses administered over seven days is 22,754 doses.

In Illinois, 159,278 doses have been reported administered since last Friday.

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Giving Vaccine

A COVID Vaccine being prepared for a patient (Photo: Antonio Perez/TNS)

The COVID-19

According to WHO, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The majority of people infected with the virus will develop mild to moderate respiratory symptoms and recover without medical attention. Some, on the other hand, will become seriously ill and require medical assistance.

Serious illness is more likely to strike the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, or cancer. COVID-19 can make anyone sick and cause them to become seriously ill or die at any age.

Being well informed about the disease and its spread is the best way to prevent and slow down transmission. Stay at least 1 meter away from others, wear a properly fitted mask, and wash your hands or use an alcohol-based rub frequently to protect yourself and others from infection. When it’s your turn, get vaccinated and follow local advice.

Vaccination is the key to ending this pandemic.

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