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COVID surge continues - key indicators continue to climb


The COVID-19 surge that began a few weeks ago isn't showing signs of slowing down.

Illinois logged more than 49-thousand new cases this week - up from 42-thousand new cases the previous week. Hospitalizations jumped by more than 600 patients statewide to roughly 32-hundred.

The state's positivity rate is currently four-point-three percent, down four tenths from last week. Vaccination rates statewide are up eight tenths to 59-percent fully vaccinated.

Southern Illinois data is very similar - more than 24-hundred new cases in the WSIU area, up more than 500 from last week. Seventeen deaths were reported across the region. Vaccination rates have slowed - up just a third of a percent in the last week.

Neighboring states are also dealing with the spike. Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana all saw positivity rates go up, and added more new cases week-over-week.

Jennifer Fuller joined Capitol News Illinois in July 2023 as the organization’s broadcast director. She will oversee the launch and operations of CNI’s new broadcast division.

Contact Jennifer Fuller at jfuller@capitolnewsillinois.com
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