CHICAGO (WLS) — Illinois public health officials reported 10,765 new COVID cases and 52 related deaths Friday.
There have been 1,9944,056 total COVID cases, including 27,117 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.
The seven-day statewide test positivity rate is 6.2%, which is up from 5.9% on Thursday.
Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 210,023 new specimens for a total of 42,033,355 since the pandemic began.
As of Tuesday night, 3,783 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 787 patients were in the ICU and 353 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
A total of 18,475,621 vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Thursday, and 59.78% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 66,816.
Illinois confirmed its second case of the Omicron variant Wednesday. Officials said the suburban Cook County resident is asymptomatic and was fully vaccinated, though it’s unclear if that person had received a booster.
Officials declined to say in which suburb that person lives. Samples from a handful of close contacts of that individual are now being screened for Omicron.
“It’s very important that people just take extra precautions, especially now because, yes, our hospitals are filling up — with unvaccinated people, I might add,” Gov. JB Pritzker said.
Despite a year later and plenty of supply, 650,000 Chicagoans remain unvaccinated, which Dr. Arwady said is more than enough to drive the Delta and Omicron surges.
“The fact that we still have 50 Chicagoans a day being hospitalized, five to six a day dying of COVID, I didn’t think we would be there a year ago,” she said.
Dr. Arwady admitted that a year ago, with a lifesaving and very effective vaccine available, she never thought we would be entering another holiday worried about COVID.
The city’s top doctor added that she never anticipated how partisan and politicized the vaccine would become.
“It’s been really sad to see people trust a lot of misinformation,” she said.
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December 17, 2021 at 12:41PM