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IDPH reports nearly seven-month high in new COVID-19 deaths

9 Sep 2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 62 new COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, the highest single-day total in nearly seven months. (Health News Illinois 9.9.2021)

Wednesday's number is the highest since 63 deaths were reported on Feb. 19. The death toll is 24,194.

There were 3,961 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,554,336.


As of Tuesday, 2,327 Illinoisans were in the hospital with COVID-19, down six from Monday and up 85 from the prior week.


Of the patients in the hospital, 565 were in the ICU, an increase of 14 from Monday and 53 from the prior week. There were 343 patients on ventilators, up 43 from Monday and 60 from the prior week.


The seven-day statewide positivity rate for cases as a percent of total tests is 4.5 percent. The seven-day statewide test positivity using the number of COVID-19 positive tests over total tests is 5.1 percent.


About 77.8 percent of eligible Illinoisans ages 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 60.4 percent are fully vaccinated.


Illinois vaccinators have administered 14,099,513 COVID-19 vaccines, per state data. The seven-day average of doses administered is 21,251.

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