8 Illinois counties in ‘high society’ for COVID-19 as new cases, death toll continues to rise
8 Illinois counties in ‘high society’ for COVID-19 as new cases, death toll continues to rise

8 Illinois counties in ‘high society’ for COVID-19 as new cases, death toll continues to rise

Illinois health officials reported 40,193 new ones COVID-19 cases, including 56 deaths, during the past week.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports a total of 3,249,534 cases, including 33,761 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois since the beginning of the pandemic.

As of Thursday night, 1,060 people in Illinois were in the hospital with COVID-19. Of these, 116 were in the intensive care unit and 43 patients with COVID were on a respirator.

The preliminary seven-day nationwide case rate is 315 COVID-19 cases per year. 100,000 residents of Illinois, health officials said.

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Case rates are slowly rising in the state, and eight Illinois counties have a high community level of COVID-19, according to the CDC.

The counties include Boone, Champaign, Ford, Lee, Peoria, Stephenson, Tazewell and Winnebago.

At the high societal level, the CDC recommends that all people wear a well-fitting mask in indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. Those at risk for serious outcomes should consider avoiding non-essential indoor activities in public places, officials said.

“With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing across the state, the public should understand that they can take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and friends,” said IDPH Executive Director Amaal Tokars. “Everyone should make sure they are up-to-date with vaccinations and booster shots. As we see movement into higher levels of societal risk, masking in indoor public places and avoiding crowded indoor spaces as much as possible will also make a difference. “

A further 39 counties have been assessed at the mid-level community level, officials said.

State health officials said more than 76% of Illinois’ total population has received at least one vaccine dose, and more than 69% are fully vaccinated. More than half of Illinois residents have received the booster shot, health officials said.

Further information and COVID-19 data can be found here: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19.html.

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