Analysis of new hospital admissions for covid-like illness in the state over the past week put breakthrough hospitalizations at 8.1% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois in the past week. This means those who are not fully vaccinated made up 91.9% of COVID-19 hospital admissions in the past week.
The number of people entering the hospital with covid-like illness continues to decline, from 186 new admissions on September 19 down to 127 new admissions on October 16, the most recent day with available data.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday he would like to remove the state’s mask mandate as the winter holidays approach, but did not give a specific timeline or metric for the state to hit in order for him to rescind it.
State workers in congregate settings, such as prisons and long-term care facilities, now have until Oct. 26 to get their first COVID-19 vaccination after Gov. J.B. Pritzker extended a deadline for shots
Youth COVID-19 cases continue to drop. The 5-11 year old age group is down to an average of 269 new coronavirus cases a day, a big decline from the peak average of 536 cases per day in early September.