Illinois’ Covid numbers rise to levels not seen in nearly a year


Illinois Covid cases, hospitalizations and deaths highest since December 2020

According to newly released data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the number of cases, hospitalizations and even deaths are reaching levels not seen in Illinois in nearly a year.

State health officials reported 7,340 new cases in the past day, which is the highest number of daily cases since December 20, 2020. The increased case count certainly reflects the rate of transmission. high but also comes amid record testing levels. More worryingly, Covid-related hospitalizations and deaths are also increasing at an alarming rate. 3,029 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, the highest daily number of patients since the end of January and an increase of more than 187 patients in a single day. Illinois is now averaging 41 Covid-related deaths per day, the highest average in seven days since February 24.

Covid patients now account for 12% of all hospitalizations in Illinois and 23% of all patients currently in intensive care. Although no area of ​​the Illinois Department of Public Health has reported a shortage of hospital accommodations, several hospitals have been precariously closed in the last week. There are currently only 15 of the 133 intensive care beds in Will and Kankakee counties. In far south Illinois, an area encompassing nearly 20 counties is reporting only 6 of 78 ICU beds available.

Most Covid patients who were hospitalized or died in the last year were not vaccinated. IDPH reports 3,722 fully vaccinated people were subsequently hospitalized with Covid-19, 0.05% of the fully vaccinated population. 1,075 fully vaccinated people still die from Covid-19, 0.14% of the fully vaccinated population. Half of the hospitalizations of fully immunized individuals occur in patients with underlying or immunocompromised conditions, according to IDPH.

If Illinois’ Covid data had a silver lining, the number of people receiving doses of the vaccine would increase dramatically. An average of about 70,000 people receive attacks each day, a number not seen since May. Illinois’ Covid numbers rise to levels not seen in nearly a year


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