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The trend is definitely not our friend

Friday, Dec 3, 2021

* Hospitalizations are up 30 percent compared to Wednesday of last week. ICU usage is up 39 percent, ventilator usage is up 47 percent. Last Wednesday the positivity rates were 3.3 and 4.1 percent respectively, so we’re looking at 42 and 37 percent increases there. Cases are way up and the death rate is also increasing…

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 42,559 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 182 additional deaths since November 26, 2021.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,835,076 cases, including 26,535 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Since Friday, November 26, 2021, laboratories have reported 902,840 specimens for a total of 39,650,009. As of last night, 2,582 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 534 patients were in the ICU and 221 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from November 26 – December 2, 2021 is 4.7%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from November 26 – December 2, 2021 is 5.6%.

A total of 17,508,319 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 54,387 doses. Since Friday, November 26, 2021, 380,710 doses were reported administered in Illinois. Of Illinois’ total population, approximately 69% has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 61% of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Approximately 36% of Illinois’ eligible adults have received a booster dose of vaccine.

All data are provisional and will change. Additional information and COVID-19 data can be found at https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19.html.

Vaccination is the key to ending this pandemic. To find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you, go to www.vaccines.gov.

Get your shots, people. And wear your masks indoors.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments
  1. - Homebody - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 12:37 pm:

    Going out on a limb and guessing this is a post Thanksgiving increase?


  2. - NonAFSCMEStateEmployeeFromChatham - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 12:41 pm:

    As I also said in today’s thread about Missouri, IDPH needs to roll back Phase 5 either statewide or at least in hard-hit IDPH regions. Go back to Phase 4 at least for a month or so.

    Region 1 is now at 9.8% positivity; Regions 2, 4, 6, 7, and 9 are all at least 7%. Go back to Phase 4 for the holidays at least in those areas (but more could follow).


  3. - Perrid - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 12:54 pm:

    A week seems a bit short for a Thanksgiving spike in hospitalizations, but it’s probably a factor. If you look at new hospital admits since early November, the trend seems more smooth, not a huge spike. Cases have a big spike after Thanksgiving though, on Dec. 2nd, which could just be labs reporting to the state (I think), getting rid of their backlog. https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/data/statewide-metrics.html


  4. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 1:07 pm:

    Masks don’t help, and shots are just part of a vast Soros-led conspiracy to control our minds, haven’t you heard.


  5. - TiredOfIt - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 1:18 pm:

    It’s seasonal. Metrics will go up no matter what is done.


  6. - Not a Superstar - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 1:20 pm:

    TiredOfIt - stick to Facebook, where your (non-)contributions are acceptable.


  7. - Rusty Shackleford - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 1:30 pm:

    ==TiredOfIt - stick to Facebook, where your (non-)contributions are acceptable.==

    Actually, what they’re saying is not unreasonable. People are going inside due to colder weather, so transmissions are going to go up. Unless you want to say the south is doing as well as they are because they dropped mitigations…


  8. - Cool Papa Bell - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 1:52 pm:

    I agree with Rich, get your shots or your booster and wear a mask.

    But with the state’s 5+ fully vaccinated rate at 65%, there are millions of people who are not or will not. And those are the folks in overwhelming numbers going to the hospital and dying.

    It’s been a year - what are we supposed to do about it? I can’t see any reason to increase mitigations at this point, you have all the tools to protect yourself and others and you are actively choosing not to at this point.


  9. - The Doc - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 2:04 pm:

    ==It’s seasonal. Metrics will go up no matter what is done.==

    This is either elite Lucky Pierre level trolling or incredibly, demonstrably wrong.

    You can make a credible argument that case metrics aren’t as useful today as they were before vaccines were widely available, because breakthrough infections almost never result in hospitalization or death.

    But significant increases in ICU and ventilator usage suggests the unvaccinated are driving this surge, and that is very much avoidable.


  10. - Pundent - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 2:08 pm:

    =Metrics will go up no matter what is done.=

    Yours truly,

    The Mayor of Crazytown.


  11. - Amalia - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 2:10 pm:

    Mask, vax (and boost) and distance. open windows where possible. get an air purifier…useful for all sorts of reasons. and put a humidifier in your bedroom. try eating outdoors under a heat lamp, you might just love it. glad for vax and boosts, for treatments being made available, and for masks that are soft and fashionable.


  12. - Observation - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 2:24 pm:

    What is troubling to me is the number of break-through cases occurring in the Springfieldl area. These are people who continue to mask up faithfully even after being fully vaccinated with the booster, too. I know of several last week and an additional two this week. Scary stuff.


  13. - Observation Question - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 2:58 pm:

    –What is troubling to me is the number of break-through cases occurring in the Springfield area. These are people who continue to mask up faithfully even after being fully vaccinated with the booster, too. I know of several last week and an additional two this week. Scary stuff.–

    Why is this “scary stuff”? Everyone doing fine?


  14. - Pundent - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 3:16 pm:

    =What is troubling to me is the number of break-through cases occurring in the Springfieldl area.=

    Only troubling if they’re ending up in the hospital or worse. Mild breakthrough infections validate the benefit of being vaccinated. It’s doing it’s job.


  15. - Vincent Vega - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 3:59 pm:

    My vaxxed, but not boosted, spouse masked and took an hour long cab ride in Florida with an umasked driver. A week later my significant other was terribly ill and shocked to learn COVID was the culprit. Get your booster and avoid spending extended periods of time with unmasked folks in close quarters.


  16. - Vincent Vega - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 4:04 pm:

    A “mild” case of breakthrough COVID can be miserable.


  17. - DeeLay - Friday, Dec 3, 21 @ 4:05 pm:

    “Why is this “scary stuff”? Everyone doing fine?”

    “Only troubling if they’re ending up in the hospital or worse. Mild breakthrough infections validate the benefit of being vaccinated. It’s doing it’s job.”

    It’s all good until your relative or friend is dying in an overcrowded hospital. But hey, as long as it doesn’t impact YOU, it is just no big deal.


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