While it might be worthy of an asterisk, Illinois health officials reported no COVID-19 deaths Monday, the first time that’s happened since March 16, 2020.
That amounts to 475 straight days where at least one person in Illinois was confirmed to have died from COVID-19.
However, given the fact it was a holiday weekend and most public offices were closed Sunday and Monday, there’s a good chance some deaths were just reported late.
In fact, Illinois Department of Public Health officials today reported 16 COVID-19 deaths, 14 in Cook County, one in DuPage County and another in Kane County.
Meanwhile, state health officials today also announced 57,278 more doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Illinois over the past four days.
Illinois vaccine providers have now administered 12,705,445 doses throughout the state since the rollout began in December, with 63.7% of the eligible population of residents 12 and older now having received at least one dose.
Illinois Department of Public Health records also show 56.1% of the eligible population is considered fully vaccinated.
The state agency no longer reports daily COVID-19 statistics on weekends or holidays, so the figures haven’t been updated since Friday.
IDPH records show 28,579 shots were reported Saturday, another 18,028 Sunday, 9,312 more Monday and 1,359 today.
Since Friday, 27 more COVID-19 deaths have been reported, as well as 1,221 new cases of the respiratory disease, IDPH records show.
That brings the state’s death toll from COVID-19 to 23,272, while 1,393,773 Illinois residents have now been infected by the virus.
Of the deaths recorded over the weekend, 7 were reported Saturday, 4 on Sunday and none on Monday and 16 today.
Currently, 421 patients are being treated for the disease in hospitals statewide, 98 of whom are in intensive care.
The state’s current seven-day case positivity rate is at 1.1%, the highest it’s been in nearly a month. Case positivity allows health officials to track the level of new infection within a certain population. The rate is determined by the percentage of new cases derived from a batch of tests. A seven-day average is used to smooth out any anomalies in the daily reporting of those figures.
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July 6, 2021 at 01:08PM