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Illinois comes close to setting single day record for new COVID-19 cases


Illinois COVID-19
Illinois COVID-19(Associated Press)
Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 10:15 PM CST
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(25 NEWS) - In just 24 hours, almost 21,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Illinois, the state’s public health department reported Tuesday.

Health leaders said there were 20,804 confirmed and probable cases on Tuesday, the second highest daily total since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The record high came on Christmas Eve with more than 21,000 new infections.

The seven-day test positivity rate was at 8.9%, a whole percent higher than what was recorded a day earlier.

The health department said 137,427 COVID-19 tests were administered in the most recent 24-hour period.

The state said 5,200 people were hospitalized Tuesday with COVID-19, and 1,093 people are being treated in intensive care units. The health department reported 592 of those patients were needing the use of a ventilator.

The state reported almost 49,000 vaccines were given over 24-hours, close to the seven-day rolling average of 48,152 vaccines.

The health department said just over 81% of Illinoisans who 12 years and older, received at least one shot, and 73% are fully-vaccinated.

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