COVID update: Illinois reports 2,525 new cases, 17 deaths

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ByEric Horng and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Friday, August 19, 2022
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois reported 2,525 new COVID cases and 17 new deaths Friday, IDPH said.

The Illinois Dept. of Public Health says "daily deaths reported on weekends and at the beginning of the week may be low" and "those deaths will be captured in subsequent days."

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There have been at least 3,645,961 total COVID cases in the state since the start of the pandemic and at least 34,595 related deaths.

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As of Thursday night, 1,434 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 152 patients were in the ICU, and 56 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators. Health officials say 21% of hospital beds are available.

The daily case rate per 100,000 population is at 28.1.

A total of 23,166,764 vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Thursday and 65.46% of the state's population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 8,023.