Just when you thought it was on its way out, covid is back.

Numbers are starting to spike again in Illinois, as this week, the state was seeing an average of 5,154 new cases per day over the last seven days, IDPH data revealed. That represents an increase of 41.6% in the last week, climbing from 3,639 cases per day as of last Monday.

Over the last month, daily case rates in the state have increased by more than 180%, according to IDPH data.

While hospitalizations had been flat going into the spring, they’ve leapt over the past couple of weeks. They jumped 21 percent last week. There are 777 hospitalized patients in the state that have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 85 are in intensive care unit beds, according to health officials.

It's Back... Covid Levels Are Tearing Upwards Again

The number of deaths has been pretty much flat, seeing only a 6 percent increase.

Here in the Quad-Cities, we’re starting to see more positive cases of COVID-19 here in Rock Island County. The CDC updates its community transmission map weekly on Thursday.

This last week, more counties in Illinois, including the entire Chicago metro area and many counties in Central Illinois, moved to medium. We are seeing rising positivity here in Rock Island County. Those who test positive on a home test need to isolate for 5 days from the onset of symptoms and then continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days, as long as symptoms are improving.

It's Back... Covid Levels Are Tearing Upwards Again

If symptoms have not improved, you need to continue to stay in isolation. You do not need to report home tests to the health department. You should notify your healthcare provider if you are positive. Medicines are available to ease symptoms.

For continuing coverage keep an eye on QuadCities.com.

It's Back... Covid Levels Are Tearing Upwards Again
Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.
It's Back... Covid Levels Are Tearing Upwards Again

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