Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 5,955 new cases, 15 deaths

CHICAGO (WLS) — Illinois reported 5,955 new COVID cases and 15 related deaths Friday, marking the largest single-day increase in cases since February 4.

There have been at least 3,138,682 total COVID cases, including at least 33,614 related deaths in the state since the pandemic began.

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As of Thursday night, 732 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 75 patients were in the ICU, and 32 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. IDPH said 22% of ICU hospital beds remain available.

A total of 21,871,464 vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Thursday, and 64.70% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 1,913.

Moderna’s request for FDA authorization for a COVID vaccine for children aged 6 months to 5 years old could be a game changer for parents of the 18 million U.S. children who remain unvaccinated. The company has asked for emergency authorization for a two dose vaccine, with shots given four weeks apart.

Pediatricians say the data shows the Moderna vaccine to be very effective at keeping children out of the hospital and dying. They say side effects are no different than other pediatric vaccines

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The seven-day average case rate was reported to be 24.6 cases per 100,000.

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April 29, 2022 at 01:57PM

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