COVID Illinois Update: IL reports 1,723 new cases, 15 deaths

BySarah Schulte and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Thursday, March 24, 2022
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Dr. Allison Arwady said Tuesday that the BA.2 subvariant will likely become the predominant COVID strain in Chicago by the end of the month.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois reported 1,723 new COVID cases and 15 related deaths Thursday, along with the fewest hospitalizations since July 11.

IDPH notes that "daily deaths reported on weekends and at the beginning of the week may be low as IDPH and local health departments move away from reviewing and processing COVID-19 death records over the weekend. Those deaths will be captured in subsequent days."

There have been at least 3,059,915 total COVID cases, including 33,293 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.

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The seven-day statewide test positivity rate is 1.4%.

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Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 99,022 new specimens for a total of 56,801,086 since the pandemic began.

As of Wednesday night, 463 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 69 patients were in the ICU, and 28 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

A total of 21,307,081 vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Tuesday, and 64.25% of the state's population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 7,441.

Note: The video in the player above is from a previous report.