State reports lowest daily COVID-19 caseload and positivity rate since last summer

Public health officials reported 1,143 new coronavirus cases and 20 deaths. An additional 50,897 vaccine doses were administered statewide Sunday.

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A COVID-19 vaccine is administered in January at Norwegian American Hospital. Officials are urging more people to get vaccinated and boosted as Omicron arrives.

Illinois administered 50,897 doses of vaccine on Sunday.

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Illinois reported an additional 1,143 new COVID-19 cases Monday — the lowest daily count in seven months — as the state continues to see a sustained decline in the positivity rate.

The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported an additional 20 coronavirus-related deaths Monday, including 10 from Cook County.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate stands at 2.4%, the lowest since June. The new cases were found among the 42,234 tests processed by IDPH in the last day.

The daily caseload of new infections is the lowest since July 28, when 1,076 new cases were reported.

As of Monday, IDPH was reporting a total of 1,187,839 coronavirus cases statewide, including 20,536 deaths.

A total of 2,756,831 vaccines had been administered in Illinois, including 319,393 in long-term care facilities. The seven-day rolling daily average for vaccinations stood at 77,876, according to IDPH. On Sunday, 50,897 people received vaccinations.

The state also reported 1,288 people in Illinois were hospitalized with COVID-19; of those, 308 patients were in intensive care and 148 patients were on ventilators.

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