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COVID-19 cases continue to rise statewide and locally

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday, Sept. 3, reported 30,319 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, up from 25,636 new cases the previous week.

Cases rose in Homewood and Flossmoor, too, as the Delta variant surge continues, although the trends diverge. Homewood has seen a 12% increase in cases in the past two weeks compared to the previous two-week period. Flossmoor has seen a 34% decrease over the same periods.

Homewood has had 14 new cases since Aug. 30, and Flossmoor has had four new cases in the same period.

The state reported 178 additional deaths since Aug. 27, up from 174 deaths the previous week. The state also surpassed 24,000 deaths since the pandemic began.

More than 78% of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 61% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vaccination rates continue to slowly rise in Homewood and Flossmoor. Flossmoor has reach 60.9% of the total population fully vaccinated, up from 60.7% on Aug. 30. In Homewood, 56.5% of the total population is fully vaccinated, up from 56.2% on Aug. 30.

As of Thursday night, 2,286 people in the state were in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 551 patients were in the ICU and 302 patients on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from the past week is 5%, down from 5.2% at the end of last week.

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

Health officials continue to urge all eligible residents to get vaccinated. To find a COVID-19 vaccination location near you, go to www.vaccines.gov.

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