Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 2,989 cases, 42 deaths

Statewide test positivity down to 3 percent, the lowest since July

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois Department of Public Health officials reported 2,989 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 42 related deaths Wednesday.

There have been 1,624,164 total COVID cases, including 24,934 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.

Statewide test positivity is down to 3 percent, the lowest figure reported since July 21, 2021.

Illinois COVID vaccine map shows how many residents vaccinated by county

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 113,859 specimens for a total of 31,697,700 since the pandemic began.

As of Tuesday night, 1,901 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 451 patients were in the ICU and 241 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

A total of 14,527,925 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 22,497. On Tuesday, 25,596 vaccines were administered.

As of Wednesday, over 7 million people in Illinois are fully vaccinated. That's just over 55.1% of the state's population.

The CDC director has added frontline workers to the list of those eligible for booster shots, which also includes people 65 and older, nursing home residents and those 50 and above with chronic health care problems should get boosters 6 months after their first dose. The CDC said younger people with underlying health issues can decide for themselves.

With the CDC's recommendation, millions of Americans will now eligible for the booster shot, but the head of Pfizer said he believes there is enough supply to handle those people and those still awaiting their initial vaccination.