Illinois has fewer than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day for the first time since July, according to figures released by state health officials on Friday.
The daily mean over the past week was 972 new cases, the Illinois Department of Public Health data showed.
“Illinois has made significant progress in reducing the positive rate of COVID-19 through increased access to vaccination,” said the department spokesman, Christobal Martinez. “As more Illinois people are vaccinated, there are fewer positive reports of COVID-19 infections. We look forward to seeing this trend continue in the coming weeks as Illinois prepares. Into phase 5 of Restore Illinois
The state of Illinois had not seen the daily average below 1,000 since July 13, but at the time the state had less than 33,000 tests a day, and the 7-day case response rate was above 3%.
The state is currently running an average of more than 52,000 tests per day and a seven-day case response rate of less than 1.9%. Case positivity comes from the number of new cases diagnosed based on the results of multiple tests.
IDPH officials also announced that there had been an additional 62,274 vaccinations of COVID-19 in Illinois in the past 24 hours.
Since the vaccine launch began in mid-December, carriers in Illinois have given 11,175,656 doses and 5,208,410 residents, of which 41% of the population have been fully vaccinated.
The vaccine provider had an average of 58,378 vaccinations per day over the past week, the second lowest in the past three months, according to IDPH.
In an effort to increase vaccination, Kroger and CVS have announced incentives to promote vaccinations.
Kroger, the parent company of the Chicago grocery store Mariano, offers five $ 1 million prizes and 50 chances of winning groceries free for one year for customers and employees who received at least one vaccine. At the shop before the 4th of July.
“The sooner we reach the community’s immunity, the sooner we can get back to enjoying backyard barbecues, live music and special gatherings,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger President and CEO.
CVS officials announced that anyone who was vaccinated through the national pharmacy network or got vaccinated there after June 1 can enter a sweepstakes for a number of prizes, including a cash payout of up to $ 500 a day. Take a break, Super Bowl tickets, free products, and concert tickets.
“We are grateful to the millions of people who have received one of the more than 17 million doses that we serve at CVS Health, but we still have a long way to go,” said Dr. Kyuri, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of CVS Health. CVS Health Chief Medical Officer “Being fully vaccinated for the population will bring us closer to everything we have missed in the past 14 months and put our country in the right direction.”
IDPH officials also reported 21 more deaths from COVID-19, while 982 new cases were diagnosed.
That brings the state’s death toll at 22,739 since the outbreak began, and 1,380,261 Illinois residents with respiratory illnesses.
Hospitals across Illinois are treating 1,216 cases of COVID-19, the lowest since March 21.Of these, 314 hospitalizations are in intensive care.
Figures released by IDPH this week show that 81 Illinois vaccinated residents died of COVID-19, and 243 people who were fully vaccinated were hospitalized.
Nationwide, 368 people who received the vaccine die from COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC also reports that 1,914 people fully vaccinated were hospitalized for the virus. Records show that 77% of hospitalized people are 65 years or older.
However, the CDC notes that vaccine development data “This relies on passive and voluntary reporting, and the information may be incomplete or representative.”