Illinois health officials reported 1,631 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus on Sunday, the lowest one-day increase on this metric since early October.
This news comes as vaccination efforts continue across the state. According to the latest information from IDPH, the state set a new record for most COVID-19 vaccines over the past week, with more than 60,000 residents receiving doses of the vaccine per day.
Here are the latest COVID headlines from across the state:
Chicago is opening 4 COVID-19 vaccine sites for school staff
Four COVID-19 vaccination sites for Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff are expected to be fully operational in the coming week. District officials said.
As of Monday, Chicago will retain 1,500 shots per week for employees in the nation’s third-largest school district. This is in addition to about 2,000 doses introduced in recent days to teachers who are more likely to fall ill or return to classrooms sooner as the area gradually reopens. Some pre-kindergarten and special education students began their personal lessons on Thursday.
Vaccination sites are in four schools, including Clemente High School where some teachers have already received shots. District officials said employees will be relieved of work duties during vaccination appointments.
Illinois records 1,631 new cases of COVID-19, 35 additional deaths
Illinois health officials reported 1,631 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus on Sunday, In addition to 35 additional deaths.
According to the state’s Department of Public Health, Sunday’s new case numbers were the lowest reported in a single day since early October. In all, 1,162,154 cases of the virus have been recorded in Illinois since the start of the epidemic, along with 1,961 confirmed deaths.
Another 2,160 deaths were classified as “probable” COVID-19 deaths.
Coronavirus in numbers: COVID-19 measures in each of the eleven health care districts in Illinois
All of Illinois is still in phase four of coronavirus mitigation as measures related to the virus continue to improve across much of the state.
According to the IDPH website, all areas in the state have been at or below a positive rate of 5% over the past seven days, with hospitalizations still declining in most areas.
Under current COVID mitigation rules, the district will remain in Phase 4 of the state reopening plan unless it reports a positive rate of over 6.5% for three consecutive days, or an ICU bed availability of less than 20% or increases in hospitalization in seven days in a period. 10 days.