CHICAGO (WLS) — Illinois public health officials reported 7,558 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 36 related deaths Friday, one day after the state reported a record high number of cases for 2021.
There have been 1,835,076 total COVID cases, including 26,499 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.
The seven-day statewide test positivity rate from Nov. 27-Dec. 2 is 5.6%., down slightly from the day before. The seven day rolling case average is 6,080, the highest it’s been since January
Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 188,788 new specimens for a total of 39,650,009 since the pandemic began.
Local health officials expect the omicron variant to inevitably show up in the state, but Governor JB Pritzker said Thursday there are currently no plans to impose any statewide restrictions.
“What we are watching are hospitalizations, and the seriousness of illness, as well as people going into hospitals and overall hospital capacity,” he said.
As of Wednesday night, 2,582 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 534 patients were in the ICU and 221 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
This is the highest number of COVID patients hospitalized in Illinois since January 29, and the most in ICU beds since January 27.
The Biden Administration’s winter plan for COVID includes free at-home rapid tests for eligible Americans, and 50 million free test kits for the uninsured or for people on Medicaid.
WATCH: Pres. Biden lays out winter COVID strategy
The president also urged everyone to get vaccinated and/or a booster. If you text 438829 you’ll receive a list of pharmacies in your area where they are giving booster shots.
A total of 17,430,901 vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Friday , and 58.3% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 54,387.
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December 3, 2021 at 12:42PM