The average number of new daily COVID-19 cases in Chicago exceeded 400 on Monday, the highest since May 7 and a ten-fold increase from the lowest rate in June.
The mark of 400 cases is another indicator of the latest wave of coronavirus, much of it due to the contagious delta variant and mainly disgusting those who are not vaccinated. It’s something that Chicago’s top doctor has also called “a line in the sand for us.”
It was August 2020, when Chicago city and public school officials announced they would begin the 2020-21 school year with all distance learning.
At the time, Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr Allison Arwady said the prospect of hitting 400 new cases a day would really mark “a line in the sand for us, especially around important things like planning the opening of one of the largest school districts. in the countryside. âThe average of new cases was then around 320 and was climbing.
Now the city has passed the 400 case threshold again, with another new school year looming. This time around, almost all CPS students will be learning full-time in person when classes resume on August 30.
A representative from Arwady’s office noted that a significant change over the past year has been the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than half of 12 to 17 year olds are vaccinated, he said, noting that the CPS has announced it will require all staff to be vaccinated by October 15. Last week, the CPS reiterated its intention to reopen full-time after a group of parents requested a continuous remote option. As required by the state decree, everyone will need to be masked and most elementary school students remain ineligible for a vaccine.
Full-time in-person classes with all students in attendance – and what officials said was a 3-foot social distancing goal – will be a huge change for many CPS families this fall. Even after schools gradually reopened last year with hybrid schedules that mixed in-person and distance learning, the majority of students stuck with full-time distance learning.
Chicago’s current average of daily new cases is now 419, still well below the last increase, when new cases peaked at 736 on April 11. At an all-time high last November, the city was reporting an average of nearly 2,500 new cases per day. .
In other measures, COVID-19 hospitalizations in Chicago are 18 per day, down slightly from a week ago, and deaths remain relatively low at less than three per day. The positivity rate is 4.3%, the highest since early May.
Statewide, health officials reported 2,463 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the average number of daily cases to 3,229 over the past week. This is an increase from an average of 2,713 daily cases a week earlier and 636 per day a month ago.
The state reported four more deaths on Monday, bringing the average number of daily deaths to 13 over the past week, up slightly from the previous week’s average of 12. A month ago, the state averaged nine deaths per day. In total, there have been 23,624 deaths from COVID-19 statewide since the start of the pandemic, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Hospitalizations for the coronavirus also continue to rise, with 1,862 COVID-19 patients in beds statewide on Sunday night, nearly double the 977 patients who were in hospital on August 1 and the most in one. only day since May 11. last week, the state admitted an average of 1,661 COVID-19 patients to the hospital per day, the highest seven-day average since mid-May.
There was a corresponding increase in the number of severe cases, with 423 patients in intensive care units on Sunday and 195 on ventilators, compared to 21 intensive care patients and 84 on ventilators in early August.
Vaccinations also appear to be on the rise, with an average of 38,840 doses reported per day during the week ending Sunday, up from 25,268 per day the week before. Nearly 61% of the eligible population has been fully immunized, according to the state health department.
According to the latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 98 of Illinois’ 102 counties are currently considered areas of high coronavirus transmission.
With daily vaccinations still well below their April peak, when more than 100,000 vaccines were administered per day, the state’s main push to get vaccinated is about to end.
Illinois residents must have obtained at least one injection in the state by Wednesday to qualify for the final draw for the state’s vaccine lottery. Two $ 1 million prizes and 17 college scholarships of $ 150,000 will be awarded on August 26th.
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