Illinois COVID 19 update: IL reports 1,441 new cases, 0 new deaths; Arwady warns slow booster uptake could lead to new variant

Illinois COVID 19 update: IL reports 1,441 new cases, 0 new deaths; Arwady warns slow booster uptake could lead to new variant

CHICAGO (TOC) — Illinois reported 1,441 new COVID circumstances and 0 new deaths Tuesday.

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

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The 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.

There have been at the least 3,778,171 complete COVID circumstances within the state because the begin of the pandemic and at the least 35,082 associated deaths.

As of Monday evening, 955 sufferers in Illinois had been reported to be within the hospital with COVID-19. Of these, 115 sufferers had been within the ICU, and 33 sufferers with COVID-19 had been on ventilators.

The day by day case price per 100,000 inhabitants is at 12.

Chicago’s prime physician warns gradual booster uptake may result in new variant

For greater than a month now, we have now had entry to up to date safety towards COVID-19. However in Chicago, few individuals are getting these new pictures – and the town’s prime physician says that if we do not enhance these numbers, we may see a brand new variant.

Whereas the Omicron-specific booster shot has been out there for over a month, medical doctors say it is an uphill battle convincing their sufferers to get it.

“We get some sufferers which are tremendous excited, that say, ‘I am prepared let me get it,'” mentioned Dr. Rene Roberts at Oak Avenue Well being. “We now have others who say, ‘I’ve already gotten a pair boosters, I am good,’ so we have now to work with them extra encouraging them.”

With the winter and holidays forward, White Home COVID Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha urged Individuals to get the brand new shot now, moderately than ready.

“Right here is probably the most outstanding reality: in case you are updated along with your vaccine, and should you get handled with a breakthrough an infection, you are threat of dying from COVID is now zero,” Jha mentioned.

However, uptake has been slower than anticipated. In Chicago, simply over 15% of eligible Chicagoans have gotten the brand new booster. Breaking it down by race, Latinos are the bottom at 3.9%, adopted by Black Chicagoans at 5.5%, white residents at 14.3% and Asians at 8.7%.

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Chicago Dept. of Public Well being Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady mentioned the numbers want to enhance by three or 4 occasions for all races.

“So, if we do not get lots of people this replace vaccine this fall, we actually are arrange now in an effective way for the potential of a brand new variant,” Arwady mentioned.

Dr. Arwady is particularly involved with the Latino & Black populations. If there’s a COVID surge this winter, these two teams will likely be hit the toughest.

Oak Avenue Well being Clinics are in minority neighborhoods. Whereas vaccine hesitancy has been a problem all through the pandemic, Dr. Rene Roberts mentioned convincing her sufferers to get the bivalent vaccine is all about constructing belief.

“From what I am noticing, I am having to have the dialog, perhaps 2-3 occasions perhaps a 4th”

As medical doctors and the Chicago Dept. of Public Well being proceed to push the the brand new vaccine, they’re telling folks to get the flu shot on the identical time. Public well being officers are predicting this yr to be one of many worst flu seasons in years.

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