With the more-contagious delta variant now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States, case numbers and hospitalizations are surging, with the virus especially preying upon regions with low vaccination rates.
Scientists cited new information about the ability of the delta variant to spread among vaccinated people in announcing new CDC mask recommendations.
The nation's top health agency was expected to backpedal on its masking guidelines and recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors.
Illinois averaged 1,140 new coronavirus cases daily for the week ending Friday, compared with an average of 294 cases during the week that ended July 1, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
With 86 people isolating at home and 10 county residents hospitalized due to COVID, the county's active caseload stands at 96 — nearly double that of last week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County residents will again be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status, while the University of California system said that students, faculty and staff must be inoculated against the coronavirus to return to campuses.
After a monthslong decline in cases from fall and spring peaks, the rate of new daily cases is up in the west-central and southern regions of Illinois, as well as the Metro East region near St. Louis.
IDPH had identified 9,697 COVID-19 variants in the state as of Monday.
Starting Friday, Illinois will be in Phase 5 of the COVID-19 reopening plan, meaning businesses and organizations can resume normal activity, although some limited restrictions will remain in place.
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday the state could enter the “bridge” phase to greater reopening as soon as next week, while the state’s vaccination rate continues to drop.
To get to the fifth and final phase of the reopening plan, the state must see declining or steady COVID-19 numbers as well as vaccination of 50% of residents age 16 and over.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 rose this week, even as the number of new cases dropped slightly in the Tri-County Area.
COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70% since the start of the year, and deaths among them appear to have tumbled as well.
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More than 8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Illinois, but the state continues to experience upward trends in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, officials said.
Nearly 100 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the past day, according to a report from the McLean County Health Department.
All Illinois residents 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, as vaccine supply — but also virus transmission rates and hospitalizations — continues to increase, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday.