Illinois COVID 19 update: IL reports 1,470 new cases, 0 new deaths

Illinois COVID 19 update: IL reports 1,470 new cases, 0 new deaths

CHICAGO (TOC) — Illinois reported 1,470 new COVID instances and 0 new deaths Monday.

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

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The Chicago space is seeing among the lowest COVID group transmission ranges for the reason that 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 3,788,199 whole COVID instances within the state for the reason that begin of the pandemic and at the least 35,135 associated deaths.

As of Sunday evening, 912 sufferers in Illinois have been reported to be within the hospital with COVID-19. Of these, 99 sufferers have been within the ICU, and 31 sufferers with COVID-19 have been on ventilators.

The every day case fee per 100,000 inhabitants is at 12.9.

Chicago’s high physician warns sluggish booster uptake might result in new variant

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

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

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

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

“Right here is essentially the most outstanding truth: in case you are updated together with your vaccine, and for those who get handled with a breakthrough an infection, you are threat of dying from COVID is now zero,” Jha stated.

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 stated 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 a good way for the potential of a brand new variant,” Arwady stated.

Dr. Arwady is very involved with the Latino & Black populations. If there’s a COVID surge this winter, these two teams can 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 stated 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 individuals 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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