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Illinois reports 1,959 new COVID-19 cases, 22 deaths

The city of Chicago says 50% of all adult Chicago residents have received the vaccine.

Marcos Bostho, of Elgin, gets his Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
Illinois reported 1,959 new coronavirus cases Monday, while the city of Chicago reported about 50% of all Chicago adults have received the first dose of a vaccine.
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State public health officials on Monday announced 1,959 new COVID-19 cases and 22 additional deaths.

Illinois’ test positivity rate remained at 4%, though nowhere near the all-time low of 2.1% that the state reached in March.

The state also reported administering 65,233 doses of vaccine Sunday, In total, about 8.1 million shots have gone into arms overall, according to state data.

Meanwhile, the city of Chicago on Monday reported that 50% of adult residents have now received their first dose of vaccine — about 1 million Chicagoans. The city officially moved into Phase 2 of vaccine distribution, meaning anyone 16 or older is eligible for the shot. To check for appointments, go to zocdoc.com/vaccine.

The pandemic has claimed 21,685 lives in Illinois. The most recent deaths included three men and a woman in their 50s from Cook County.

As of Sunday night, 2,127 people were being treated for the coronavirus in Illinois hospitals; of those, 510 patients in intensive care and 209 patients on ventilators.

Since mid-December, Illinois has doled out 8,054,634 coronavirus vaccinations.

Of that, just over 3,330,000 million people in Illinois are fully vaccinated, meaning two weeks removed from their final dose, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website. That’s about 26% of the state’s population.

COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by day

Graphic by Jesse Howe and Caroline Hurley | Sun-Times

Source: Illinois Department of Public Health

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