Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 2,364 cases, 18 deaths

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Chicago COVID vaccine uptick lags behind rest of state
Illinois has seen a 59% increase in COVID vaccinations since the delta variant surge started, but Chicago lags behind that.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois Department of Public Health officials reported 2,364 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 18 related deaths Wednesday.

There have been 1,430,265 total COVID cases, including 23,476 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.

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The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from July 27-Aug 3 is at 5.1%.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 50,960 specimens for a total of 27,056,446 since the pandemic began.

As of Tuesday night, 1,165 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 246 patients were in the ICU and 94 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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A total of 13,336,841 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of Tuesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 28,180. On Tuesday, 26,667 vaccines were administered.

IDPH announced Wednesday that vaccination data for residents and staff at long-term care facilities is now available on their website.

"To help keep long-term care residents as safe and healthy as possible, we want to make sure residents and their loved ones know the vaccination rates where they reside so they can make the best decision on where to live, and also advocate for increased vaccination rates," said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. "Some of our most vulnerable residents live in long-term care facilities and in order to better protect them, COVID-19 vaccination rates in many facilities, especially among staff, need to increase. The vaccine is the primary way to get to the other side of this pandemic. We need to continue to reduce spread of the virus by wearing a mask and getting as many residents and staff vaccinated as soon as possible."