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Illinois COVID-19 Update Today: IT Reports 365 Cases, 11 Deaths; Chicago sees ‘exponential decay’ in new cases



CHICAGO (WLS) – Illinois public health officials on Tuesday reported 365 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 11 related deaths, as the state heads for a full reopening this week.

There have been 1,385,854 cases of COVID in total, including 22,974 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.

In the past 24 hours, labs reported testing 36,408 samples for a total of 24,949,758 since the start of the pandemic.

The preliminary positivity of the seven-day statewide test from June 1-7 is 1.3%.

Chicago now averages less than 100 COVID cases per day, up from more than 2,300 cases in November.

“We are seeing what we call an ‘exponential decline’,” said CRPD Commissioner Dr Allison Arwady. “When an epidemic grows very quickly you get this exponential increase at the beginning, but then when an epidemic is under control you will see this exponential decrease.”

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As of Monday evening, 791 Illinois patients were in hospital with COVID-19. Of these, 226 patients were in intensive care and 117 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

A total of 11,708,874 vaccines were administered in Illinois on Monday evening. The seven-day moving average of vaccines administered daily is 42,852. There were 44,174 reported doses administered in Illinois as of Monday.
Authorities reported on Tuesday that more than 68% of adults have received a COVID vaccine and 51% are fully vaccinated.

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With the pandemic over, it’s time to start getting married again. But couples learn that love is indeed patient.

“If they’re open until 2022, that’s the direction they should be heading,” wedding planner Jane Himmel said.

Himmel said that for some Chicago venues they should even be ready to look to 2023.

“I was in a room and they are already booked every Saturday night for 2022,” she said.

Consumers are willing to spend, industry experts say, and data from the Chicago Loop Alliance shows that in May, foot traffic was around 45% of normal 2019 levels and parking lot usage was at 56. % of normal. But the office occupancy rate is only 20% of what it was two years ago.

“Now it’s summer. The kids aren’t in school anyway, so it’s hard to get people to come back, so most of our respondents to our survey reported third trimester,” Michael said. Edwards, President and CEO of Chicago Loop Alliance.

Authorities say the bulk of new infections occur in communities with the lowest vaccination rates.

Deaths reported on Tuesday include:
– County of Boone: 1 man 60 years old
– County of Champaign: 1 man 50 years old
– Cook County: 2 men 40 years old, 1 man 50 years old, 1 woman 70 years old
– County of DuPage: 1 woman 70 years old, 1 man 80 years old
– Marion County: 1 man 60 years old
– Peoria County: 1 man 60 years old
– County of Will: 1 man 50 years old

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