Illinois Coronavirus: Falling COVID-19 measurements show a sea of ​​green
Illinois Coronavirus: Falling COVID-19 measurements show a sea of ​​green

Illinois Coronavirus: Falling COVID-19 measurements show a sea of ​​green

SPRINGFIELD – Forget red or blue, Illinois is a green state from Friday.

One day after St. On Patrick’s Day, all of the state’s 102 counties are now rated “low” for the level of recommended COVID-19 reductions, painting the entire color-coded U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map of Illinois in a cool shade of mint green.

“This is a pretty exciting brand,” said Dr. Kevin Smith, the Chief Physician at Loyola University Medical Center. “I think especially after dealing with the Omicron tribe and really being crippled with it, we feel like we’re in a much better place in Illinois.

“And I think we see that in both our case numbers and our admissions.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday reported 1,388 new coronavirus cases, less than half the size of the daily cases reported just a month earlier.

And only 528 hospital beds across Illinois were occupied by COVID-19 patients Thursday night, a drop of nearly 150 beds from last Thursday and the lowest level since July 17th.

The number of COVID-19 patients in beds in the intensive care unit also dropped with only 88 beds filled Thursday night. Only 3% of the state’s total intensive care units are currently occupied by COVID-19 patients.

A further 18 COVID-19 deaths were reported Friday, nearly a quarter of the number of deaths reported nearly three weeks ago. The average seven-day nationwide case positivity is 1.2%.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also released its weekly COVID-19 totals on Friday, reporting 7,467 new cases and 123 deaths over the previous seven days. That is an average of about 1,067 cases and 18 deaths a day.

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths have continued their steady decline after Governor JB Pritzker lifted the nationwide mandate for the indoor mask just over two and a half weeks ago.

Governor JB Pritzker speaks to the media about the abolition of the mask mandate at Navy Pier on February 28th.

Anthony Vazquez / Sun-Times fil

That The CDC has updated its guidelineson corona reductions three weeks ago, with more focus on what’s going on in hospitals, and less on case positivity. The revised color-coded recommendations categorize COVID-19 community levels as orange too high, yellow too medium, or green too low. Counties determined to be low have the green light to become maskless in most indoor spaces.

Earlier in the week, 11 counties in the downstate were still at the middle level, and one in southern Illinois was still high up.

But as of Friday, the Illinois map was a sea of ​​green.

This means that it is not recommended to wear a face mask indoors throughout the state, even though they are still required on public transportation, in long-term care facilities, and in health care.

An unmasked man and woman walk together at Navy Pier, Feb. 28, the day the indoor mask mandate was lifted.

An unmasked man and woman walk together at Navy Pier, Feb. 28, the day the indoor mask mandate was lifted.

Tyler LaRiviere / Sun-Times file

But Smith said older, immunocompromised people and those who are unvaccinated should still consider wearing a mask.

“I think everyone has to look at their own personal risks based on their health conditions and then make the best decisions after that,” he said. “This is not a virus that is disappearing. It’s just a virus that we’ll have to learn to live with,” Smith said.

Visit chicago.gov/covidvax or call (312) 746-4835.


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