Cases average, hospitalizations fall in Illinois – NBC Chicago

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Illinois health officials reported more than 20,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, but there are more indications that the state could exceed the peak in cases caused by the omicron surge.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there were 20,483 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in the past 24 hours statewide.

With data now released over the weekend, the state averages 27,795 new COVID-19 cases per day, which is a 14.4% decrease from the high watermark of 32,501 cases per day established on January 12, according to for IDPH data.

In all, a total of 2,682,983 cases of the virus have been reported during the pandemic.

The average daily number of COVID-related deaths has also started to decline, with 36 new deaths reported in the past 24 hours. In all, 29,350 deaths were associated with the COVID virus during the pandemic period, with a further 3,501 deaths currently listed as “probable” COVID-related deaths.

In the past 24 hours, the state has reported returning 183,919 new test results to Illinois labs, with the state’s test average also dropping to 227,307.

The state’s positivity rate on all tests is currently 12.2%, while the positivity rate on individuals tested is now 15.4%.

Hospitalizations are also beginning to decline from record levels, with 6,695 patients currently infected with COVID in Illinois hospitals. That represents a more than 9% drop from the state’s peak of 7,380 hospitalizations on Jan. 13.

ICU admissions are also declining, but at a slower rate. The total number of ICU patients with COVID is now 1,120, which is a 4.8% decrease from the high watermark set on January 13.

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