Illinois health officials on Friday reported 25,636 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, along with 176 additional deaths and over 168,000 new vaccine doses administered as the state continues to see a surge fueled by the delta variant.
In all, 1,508,005 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 23,889 confirmed COVID fatalities.
The state has administered 495,608 tests since last Friday, officials said, bringing the total to more than 28.5 million tests conducted during the pandemic.
The state’s seven-day positivity rate on all tests dropped to 5.7% from 6.1% last week, which was up from 5.9% the week before, officials said. The rolling average seven-day positivity rate for cases as a percentage of total tests decreased slightly to 5.2% from 5.3% the week before, which was up from 5.1% two weeks prior.
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IDPH noted that test positivity rates ranged across the state's 11 regions from 4.2% to as high as 10.8% in the southernmost portion of the state.
Over the past seven days, a total of 168,391 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to Illinois residents - down from around 235,000 the week before and 215,000 two weeks prior. The latest figures brought the state’s average up slightly to 24,056 daily vaccination doses over the last week, per IDPH data.
More than 13.9 million vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois since vaccinations began in December. More than 61% of adult residents in the state are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with more than 78% receiving at least one dose.
As of midnight Thursday, 2,240 patients were hospitalized due to COVID in the state. Of those patients, 500 are in ICU beds, and 253 are on ventilators. All metrics are a reported increase since last Friday.