CHICAGO — Illinois health officials reported 28,280 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 over the past seven days on Friday, including 150 additional deaths. New cases of COVID-19 have jumped 25 percent from last week.
Currently, state health officials are reporting a total of 1,763,866 cases, including 26,227 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.
Since reporting on November 12, 2021, laboratories have reported 879,278 specimens for a total of 37,895,788 cases. As of Thursday night, 1,759 people in Illinois were hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 350 patients were in the ICU and 152 patients were on ventilators.
The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from November 12 to November 18 is 3.2 percent. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 12 to November 18 is 3.8 percent.
Of Illinois’ total population, approximately 67 percent have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and almost 61 percent of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated, according to data from the CDC.
A total of 16,691,850 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of midnight Friday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 62,142 doses. Since reporting on November 12, 434,995 doses were reported administered in Illinois.
The state’s preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity rate is 3.8%.
Once again, the state’s color-coded COVID-19 community transmission map is largely a sea of red.
Only eight of the state’s 102 counties are not in the red category, the color that signifies a high rate of transmission of the virus. Brown, Cass, Mason, Morgan and Scott counties in west-central Illinois and White and Pulaski counties in southern Illinois are currently colored orange, a step just below red that indicates “substantial transmission.”
Public health officials warned last week the state could be in the midst of another surge. And Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady confirmed that during an online Q&A Thursday, saying “the numbers are not good.”
“We are in a surge,” she said.
She added it’s not surprising since winter is approaching, forcing people to retreat inside, often without mask