Illinois records nearly 12,000 COVID-19 cases in one day | Chicago News


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The holiday season has arrived, and on Thursday, state health officials reported nearly 12,000 COVID-19 infections for the first time this year.

The 11,858 new confirmed and probable cases of the virus is the highest total reported in a 24-hour period in 2021, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Authorities also reported 52 deaths on Thursday.

The grim milestone comes amid a surge of infections and the arrival of the omicron variant in Chicago and suburban Cook County, as well as on the heels of the first anniversary of the administration of the first COVID-19 vaccines. 19 in the state.

More than 7.6 million Illinois residents, or 59% of the state’s population, are fully immunized, according to national vaccine data. Of those eligible for vaccination (residents ages 5 and older), 67.5% are fully vaccinated, according to IDPH data.

Nearly 2 million people have been infected with COVID-19 and 27,065 have died from the virus statewide since the pandemic began, according to IDPH.

The seven-day statewide test positivity rate is now 5.9%, according to IDPH data.

All 102 counties in Illinois are experiencing high transmission of COVID-19, defined by IDPH as areas with more than 100 cases per 100,000 population over a seven-day period.

In Cook County, the seven-day average case rate per 100,000 people is 308.10, according to state data.

Chicago is now seeing 969 cases per day based on a seven-day average, according to Data from the Chicago Department of Public Health. Over the past week, the number of cases has fallen by 1%, according to city data.

The city’s COVID-19 test positivity rate is now 4.4%, up 4% from a week ago.

Contact Kristen Thometz: @kristenthometz | (773) 509-5452 | [email protected]


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