Illinois coronavirus update today: IL reports 2,210 new cases, 12 new deaths; new vaccine booster shots available in Chicago

Illinois coronavirus update today: IL reports 2,210 new cases, 12 new deaths; new vaccine booster shots available in Chicago

CHICAGO (TOC) — Illinois reported 2,210 new COVID circumstances and 12 new deaths Friday.

Your entire Chicago space is seeing a few of the lowest COVID group transmission ranges because the begin of the pandemic. Prepare dinner County and all surrounding counties are all within the inexperienced low-transmission group. The final time it was that low was earlier this 12 months, in Might.

The Illinois Dept. of Public Well being says “every day deaths reported on weekends and originally of the week could also be low” and “these deaths shall be captured in subsequent days.”

There have been at the least 3,751,275 whole COVID circumstances within the state because the begin of the pandemic and at the least 34,947 associated deaths.

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As of Thursday evening, 1,069 sufferers in Illinois have been reported to be within the hospital with COVID-19. Of these, 147 sufferers have been within the ICU, and 40 sufferers with COVID-19 have been on ventilators.

The every day case charge per 100,000 inhabitants is at 19.5.

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A complete of 23,653,407 vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Thursday and 65.66% of the state’s inhabitants is totally vaccinated. The seven-day rolling common of vaccines administered every day is 24,840.

Native docs make clear Biden’s remarks that ‘pandemic is over’

Native docs are weighing in after President Biden stated the COVID-19 pandemic is over. They agree we’re previous the emergency part, however they’ve a warning about this fall and winter.

“The pandemic will not be over, nor ought to our efforts be, we have to keep on prime of the virus,” stated Dr. Alfredo Mena Lora, an infectious illness specialist at UIC/St. Anthony Hospital.

Infectious illness docs have been fast to make clear President Biden’s remarks throughout a “60 Minutes” interview the place Biden stated whereas COVID stays an issue, “the pandemic is over.”

“I feel this was a poorly off the cuff comment that has been taken out of context,” stated Dr. Robert Murphy, a professor of infectious illness at Northwestern College.

Medical doctors says whereas the “emergency” part of the pandemic could also be over resulting from vaccines and coverings, circumstances around the globe stay excessive sufficient the place the virus continues to satisfy the definition of a pandemic.

“There are lots of infections every day, what will not be listed here are the results of these infections,” Mena Lora stated. “Hospitals should not the place they have been a 12 months in the past and that may be a great point.”

And docs say hospitalizations will proceed to stay low if individuals get the brand new Omicron-specific vaccine. Some worry Biden’s feedback could deter individuals from getting one other shot.

“We’re getting in the correct route, however this isn’t the time to surrender,” Murphy stated. “You quit at times we’re going backwards.”

Medical doctors remind individuals final summer season when circumstances have been down, some have been declaring victory till the delta and omicron waves hit, making final winter the worst of the pandemic.

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