Illinois COVID update today: IL Governor JB Pritzker provides update as state reports 9,849 cases, 17 deaths

CHICAGO (WLS) – Gov. JB Pritzker urged Illinoisians to get vaccinated and boosted on Monday as cases of the omicron variant increase.

He and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr Ngozi Ezike discussed the impact of the omicron variant on hospitalizations in the state and announced the expansion of vaccination and testing clinics .

Pritzker said the state would help increase local health service staff to help administer vaccinations. Additionally, Illinois’ free community testing sites will begin operating six days a week starting Jan. 3.

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The update comes as COVID cases continue to rise in Illinois. Public health officials on Monday reported 9,849 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 related deaths.

As of Friday, 21,131 cases were reported, the highest for a single day. As of Saturday, 13,963 cases were reported and 11,016 cases were reported on Sunday.

There have been 2,077,260 COVID cases in total, including 27,588 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.

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The statewide seven-day test positive rate is 11.7%.

In the past 24 hours, labs reported testing 204,325 new samples for a total of 43,914,913 since the start of the pandemic.

As of Sunday evening, 4,755 Illinois patients were in hospital with COVID-19. Of these, 925 patients were in intensive care and 538 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

A total of 18,985,816 doses of the vaccine were administered in Illinois on Sunday, and 60.29% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day moving average of vaccines administered daily is 49,226.

Cook County health officials expect an increase in the number of cases after the holidays.

Dr Rachel Rubin, Chief Medical Officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health, recommends getting tested three days before and three days after any family reunion, even if you are vaccinated. If you have a mild symptom, like a cough or a runny nose, she said to assume it is COVID and get tested to prove otherwise.

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