As the city, state and country contends with the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, data tells an important story. We’re tracking the numbers that count, including new cases, infection rates and geographic mapping.
Record number of COVID-19 patients fill Illinois hospital beds: ‘This is largely a problem of the unvaccinated’
“With the holidays only a week or two in the rearview mirror, I fear the climb will continue as the virus incubates in those who were exposed at the end of December,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said.
On Wednesday, Illinois reported 16,581 people tested positive for the virus, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The previous record was set Nov. 13, 2020, with 15,415 positive cases that day.
After 18 VA patients contract COVID in hospital and 1 dies, top doc rips staff for coming to work sick, not masking
“We have committed very real harm to a large number of patients this week,” Dr. Sarah Unterman, chief of staff for the hospital, said in a memo excoriating the “horrific and disturbing” situation.
A large swath of the population remains unvaccinated. As of Nov. 18, 51.6% of Black residents have received at least one vaccine dose, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. Among Latinos, the rate was 61.6%.
Cook County’s vaccination rate among Latinos dropped when layered with new 2020 census figures.
The preliminary seven-day infection rate was 0.8% as of Monday, another record low since experts started tracking the metric in May 2020.
More than 68% of adults in Illinois have received at least one dose of vaccine and more than 51% are fully vaccinated, the state reported.
1 in 8 local seniors vaccinated, but a third of city shots still going to non-Chicagoans, Arwady says
“We are pleased to vaccinate people who live in Chicago, who work in Chicago, who get medical care in Chicago,” Health Commissioner Allison Arwady said Thursday. But “we don’t want people broadly driving long distances who don’t have connections to Chicago.”
Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said Tuesday that Indiana may soon be added to Chicago’s quarantine travel list, too.
The new guidelines and region breakdown aims to take a more granular approach to coronavirus mitigation, targeting smaller areas than the original plan did and separating Chicago into its own region.
Since the outbreak, the state has documented 153,916 cases in all 102 of the state’s counties and 7,187 deaths.
Daily case totals have inched upward since a nearly three-month low of 462 reported on June 22.
The state also announced 738 new COVID-19 cases, bringing its total to 142,461.
Hundreds of coronavirus deaths removed from weekly nursing homes update as state changes how tally is compiled
The omissions are part of the revised way the state will report COVID-19 cases and deaths at nursing homes; the change was made “to focus on those facilities currently experiencing an outbreak,” an agency spokeswoman said.
The Sunday update brings the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 3,406 and the total number of cases to 77,741.
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