BREAKING: Illinois Covid Cases UP 70 PERCENT; More Restrictions On The Way?
BREAKING NEWS: Illinois covid-19 numbers, up 30 percent over the past week, have exploded and are up more than 70 percent in the last three weeks, according to the latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
IDPH numbers released today show the state is averaging 3,560 new cases of COVID per day over the last week. That is 72% more than the 2,069 new cases that the state was seeing each day on Oct. 27.
Hospitalizations are also rising quickly statewide, with 1,627 patients currently hospitalized with covid statewide, an increase of 36 percent in the last three weeks. There are currently 325 COVID patients in intensive care unit beds across the state.
On the positive side of things, at least the numbers are much better than last fall’s surge, which saw Illinois averaging 12,384 new cases a day in mid-November 2020.
“As we’ve moved indoors, we haven’t maybe taken our masks indoors with us. So a lot of unmasked indoor gatherings are likely part of the problem,” Ezike said. “Of course, COVID is so complicated. It’s been throwing us curveball after curveball.”
In a press conference today, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady didn’t offer any insight on whether or not there would be further mitigations, but speculated that, due of the large number of vaccinated people in Illinois, severe lockdowns like last fall would probably not happen.
“Unvaccinated Chicagoans of all ages are more likely to be hospitalized,” she said. “I’m certainly not expecting to see the major lockdowns like we saw early on.”
Locally, numbers are all on the rise.