Illinois health officials on Friday reported 18,735 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, along with 236 additional deaths and over 159,000 new vaccine doses administered.
In all, 1,630,864 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state since the pandemic began, according to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The additional deaths reported this week bring the state to 25,017 confirmed COVID fatalities.
The state has administered 842,141 tests since last Friday, officials said, bringing the total to more than 32 million tests conducted during the pandemic.
The state’s seven-day positivity rate on all tests dropped to 2.2% from last week 2.7% and 4.4% the week before, officials said. The rolling average seven-day positivity rate for cases as a percentage of total tests also dropped to 2.8% from 3.7% last week and 4.1% the week before.
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Over the past seven days, a total of 159,278 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to Illinois residents. The latest figures brought the state’s average down to 22,754 daily vaccination doses over the last week, per IDPH data.
More than 14.5 million vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois since vaccinations began in December. More than 64% of adult residents in the state are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with more than 81% receiving at least one dose.
As of midnight Thursday, 1,833 patients were hospitalized due to COVID in the state. Of those patients, 447 are in ICU beds, and 236 are on ventilators.