CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 95,000 coronavirus vaccines were administered in Illinois on Thursday, the most shots given in a single day so far, as the state’s infection rate fell to a point not seen in seven months.
The 95,375 inoculations given out on Thursday beat the previous record of 74,965 doses on Feb. 4. Since that time, the number of vaccination sites operating in Illinois has more than doubled, with more than 850 now open to the public, most of them retail pharmacy locations.READ MORE: Where To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine In The Chicago Area
So far, Illinois has received a total of 2,385,625 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and has administered 1,644,483 statewide. The state is averaging 59,009 vaccinations per day over the past week. A total of 374,722 people in Illinois have been fully vaccinated, accounting for 2.94% of the state’s population.READ MORE: COVID In Chicago: With COVID-19 Vaccine Hard To Find, Vaccine Hunters Step Up On Social Media To Help Secure Doses
Meantime, the Illinois Department of Public on Friday reported 2,598 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide, as well as 32 new deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, the state has reported a total of 1,158,431 cases, including 19,873 deaths.MORE NEWS: Bogus COVID-19 Vaccine Offers Flooding The ‘Dark Web’
The statewide seven-day average case positivity rate is down to 3.1%. That’s the lowest average infection rate the state has seen since July 21.