Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 3,114 cases, 24 deaths

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CHICAGO (WLS) — Illinois Department of Public Health officials reported 3,114 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 24 related deaths Thursday.

There have been 1,454,208 total COVID cases, including 23,575 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.

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The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Aug 4-11 is at 5.8%.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 71,820 specimens for a total of 27,536,684 since the pandemic began.

As of Wednesday night, 1,608 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 324 patients were in the ICU and 152 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

A total of 13,463,308 have been administered in Illinois as of Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 27,611. On Wednesday, 51,811 vaccines were administered.

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shots for immunocompromised people, one family is urging them to get those shots as soon as possible.

Alan Sporn of Flossmoor didn’t have a chance to get a booster shot, though his family said he’d have been the first in line. He died in March from COVID-19, a month after his second vaccine dose.

The 75-year-old grandfather of four had chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a type of blood cancer. Despite being vaccinated, relatives said he had few antibodies.

“I think that a third booster would have definitely pushed up his immune system. His immunity was so low that it just didn’t take,” said his daughter Bonnie Sporn.

Expected to be first in line are transplant patients and people on chemotherapy or on medications that suppress the immune system.

“Having the vaccine or the booster vaccine would definitely help me sleep at night, knowing that I have a little more protection than I do right now,” said Greg Kaufman of Lockport, who takes an immunosuppressant drug for Crohn’s Disease.

In early studies, that third dose is proving to be effective.

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For now, the general public will have to wait.

“The problem has been the people who are immunosuppressed, especially transplant patients, people with certain types of cancer, on certain cancer chemo, other immuno-suppressive drugs, aren’t able to mount as good a response to the vaccines as people with normal immune systems,” said Dr. John Segreti with Rush University Medical Center.

Segreti is a doctor of infectious diseases. He said it’s a good time for those waiting to get the vaccine to do so.

“The vaccines are still extremely effective, and … this is a perfect time to start getting vaccinated,” he said.

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August 13, 2021 at 12:10PM

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