Illinois reported 7,574 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total to 700,000 cases since the pandemic began.
According to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the total amount of new cases on Friday led to 705,063 cases of the virus since the beginning of the pandemic in March. Another 66 additional deaths also reported a total of 12,029 deaths on Friday.
The state saw a drop in tests processed during Thanksgiving on Thursday, accounting for 77,130 tests performed in the previous 24 hours, compared to the last six-digit test numbers in the last few days.
The total number of coronavirus tests conducted in Illinois since the beginning of the pandemic is 1
The seven-day positivity rate fell again on Friday, falling to 10.1% from 10.3% the day before. It was 10.6% on Wednesday, up from 10.4% on Tuesday. Friday’s decline marks the eighth day that the positivity rate has fallen in the last 10 days, after rising sharply in the last month.
The state continues to see a large number of hospitalizations related to the virus. Currently, 5,829 patients are hospitalized for the virus in Illinois, with 1,215 of these patients in intensive care beds and 698 in ventilators. Although still high compared to earlier pandemic waves, all three figures are lower than the previous day’s report.
Illinois and Chicago health officials spent days joining federal authorities and health experts to ask people to avoid traveling and celebrate Thanksgiving in practice or only with members of their immediate household.
The mayor and Chicago’s best doctor warned on Wednesday that the holiday could become a “super spreading event”, again asking residents to skip the meetings.
“Let me say this as frankly as possible: We are extremely concerned that Thanksgiving weekend will become a super-spreading event,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot told a news conference Wednesday morning.
“Despite ongoing warnings from responsible leaders across the country, about 50 million Americans are still expected to travel this weekend,” she continued. “That is why we need to redouble our precautions to prevent a steady increase in cases, hospitalizations and, unfortunately, deaths, all of which we continue to see an increase.”
“I urge you not to commit to your normal Thanksgiving plans to limit yourself to your immediate household,” Lightfoot said, noting that Chicago is expected to see another 1,000 coronavirus deaths by the end of the year.
“Please celebrate Thanksgiving only with those in your immediate household or remotely online,” she continued, adding that she expected to celebrate with her 92-year-old mother and other family members, but chose to celebrate separately.
“This is the best way to protect each other and celebrate future thanks together,” Lightfoot said. “It’s really a sacrifice for sure, but I think it’s an expression of love.”
Lightfoot noted that Chicago is left with tips for staying at home, asking residents to stay home unless they need to leave, such as grocery shopping or work.
Chicago Public Health Committee member Dr. Alison Arvadi shared a chart showing a dramatic jump in cases in Canada after Thanksgiving on October 12.
“After Canadian Thanksgiving, unfortunately Canada has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, and let me tell you that at the moment the percentage of cases in the US is much worse than in Canada and our potential to jump is much higher. great, “Arvadi said. “So it’s not too late to change the plans you may have, even for tomorrow. All we can do as a city to limit that risk here is profit for you, your family and Chicago.”