Illinois’ daily COVID-19 caseload, death count dip to last summer’s numbers

The last time the state saw a daily death toll this low was Sept. 14, when the state logged five deaths. The state hasn’t logged a single-digit daily death rate since early Oct. 11, when health officials announced nine deaths.

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A person receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Chicago Vocational Career Academy on Friday.

A person receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Chicago Vocational Career Academy on Friday.

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Illinois public health officials announced 1,182 new cases of the coronavirus Monday as well as five deaths — the lowest daily fatality count in nearly six months.

The new cases come from a batch of 39,636 tests. As of Sunday night, 1,178 people with COVID-19 were reported to be in the hospital. Of that number, 266 patients were in intensive care units throughout the state; 118 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The state’s preliminary seven-day statewide case positivity is 2.3%.

The last time the state saw a daily death toll this low was Sept. 14, when the state logged five deaths. Illinois hasn’t seen a single-digit daily death rate since early Oct. 11, when health officials announced nine deaths.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination site at Chicago Vocational Career Academy in the Stony Island Park neighborhood on Friday.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination site at Chicago Vocational Career Academy in the Stony Island Park neighborhood on Friday.

Pat Nabong/Sun-Times file

The deaths reported Monday bring the state’s total COVID-19 toll to 20,767 people.

Health officials also reported 3.38 million vaccines have been administered so far, with an average of of 90,135 doses administered daily in the past seven days, slightly less than the 93,183 rolling average of shots reported Sunday.

State health officials on Sunday reported 1,068 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest number of new cases recorded in a day since July 21. Illinois’ daily caseload has surpassed 2,000 only twice so far in March.

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