108 more Illinois coronavirus deaths, 7,562 new cases

Public health officials on Saturday announced 108 more Illinois residents have died of COVID-19, which has spread to an additional 7,562 residents.

[vc_row][vc_column][us_carousel post_type="ids" ids="260184, 260250, 107361" orderby="post__in" items_quantity="3" items_layout="11024" columns="3" items_gap="5px" overriding_link="post" breakpoint_1_cols="4" breakpoint_2_cols="3" breakpoint_3_cols="2"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
{ "slotId": "7483666091", "unitType": "in-article", "pubId": "pub-9300059770542025" }

The new cases were diagnosed among 96,851 tests, slightly raising the state’s average positivity rate over the last week to 8.2%.

That number still has trended gradually downward along with other key metrics over the last month, since the state hit the peak of its coronavirus resurgence in late November.

The latest caseload marked the ninth straight day with fewer than 10,000 cases reported by the Illinois Department of Public Health, while the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients has steadily declined over that period, too, down to 4,624 as of Friday night.

But the state is stuck in an unprecedented 12-day streak of reporting 100 or more deaths, the worst stretch of the pandemic. The latest victims included 55 Chicago-area residents.

Graph not displaying properly? Click here.

[vc_row height="auto" width="full" css="%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-left%22%3A%220%22%2C%22margin-top%22%3A%220%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%220%22%2C%22margin-right%22%3A%220%22%2C%22padding-left%22%3A%220%22%2C%22padding-top%22%3A%220%22%2C%22padding-bottom%22%3A%220%22%2C%22padding-right%22%3A%220%22%7D%7D"][vc_column][us_page_block id="48000"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The virus has claimed almost 2,900 lives so far this month alone. Since March, Illinois’ coronavirus death toll has risen to 15,123, among more than 894,000 people who have contracted the virus. The recovery rate in Illinois is 98%.

Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities only account for about 7% of all the cases logged by the state (59,970), but nearly half the death toll (7,559).

Graph not displaying properly? Click here.

Saturday marked the first time since the end of November that Chicago’s average positivity rate has fallen below 12% (down to 11.9%).

Two other regions (northwest Illinois and the east-central region including Champaign) have dipped below that mark and hit other benchmarks set last month by Gov. J.B. Pritzker that would’ve allowed them to shed business restrictions. But the Democratic governor has said he won’t lift any of his mitigations unless the state makes it through the holiday season without a severe resurgence.

In the meantime, the state is working to vaccinate its 655,000-plus health care workers. About 17,000 doses of Illinois’ first allotment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine had been administered by Friday. Hospitals were working to give out the remainder of the state’s initial 109,000-dose supply through the weekend

The federal government is slated to ship more Pfizer doses to Illinois next week, and the state could begin receiving shipments of the newly approved Moderna vaccine by then too “if all goes well,” Pritzker tweeted.

Prepare Now Before its too Late

Discover where products are available & compare prices

LI woman died trying to help classmate during paddle board yoga: lawsuit
FDA looking into allergic reactions reported after Pfizer COVID-19 shot

{ "slotId": "6776584505", "unitType": "responsive", "pubId": "pub-9300059770542025", "resize": "auto" }
You might also like
{ "slotId": "8544127595", "unitType": "responsive", "pubId": "pub-9300059770542025", "resize": "auto" }