Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 2,969 cases, 27 deaths

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CHICAGO (WLS) — Illinois public health officials reported 2,969 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 27 related deaths Friday.

There have been 1,680,908 total COVID cases, including 25,590 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.

The seven-day statewide test positivity rate from Oct. 15-21 held steady at 2.2%.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 148,610 specimens for a total of 34,429,589 since the pandemic began.

As of Wednesday night, 1,277 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 323 patients were in the ICU and 152 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

A total of 15,203,716 vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Thursday, and 56.5% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 29,950.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of Illinois counties are in the “high transmission” level, even though total case numbers have been trending down.

The CDC director has added frontline workers to the list of those eligible for booster shots, which also includes people 65 and older, nursing home residents and those 50 and above with chronic health care problems.

Those individuals should get boosters six months after their second dose of Pfizer. The CDC said younger people with underlying health issues can decide for themselves.

On Tuesday, Gov. JB Pritzker announced a statewide effort to increase the number of those getting booster shots. IDPH is partnering with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), and Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) to increase education around boosters and provide support to skilled nursing facilities as they work to administer boosters to residents.

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October 22, 2021 at 01:33PM

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