CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 130,000 people received COVID-19 vaccinations in Illinois on Wednesday, by far the most in a single day so far, as the state’s average infection rate also reached the lowest point it’s been in more than seven months.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 130,021 vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday, the first time daily inoculations have reached six figures. The previous record was the 95,375 doses given out on Feb. 11.READ MORE: IHSA Board Rules That Masks Will No Longer Be Required For Illinois Student Athletes In Low-Risk Sports
So far, the state has received a total of 3,138,545 doses of coronavirus vaccines, and has administered 2,440,950 doses statewide. A total of 671,717 people have been fully vaccinated, accounting for 5.27% of the state’s population. Over the past week, Illinois is averaging 66,274 doses administered per day.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Coolest Day Of The Week On Wednesday
Meantime, Illinois reported 1,884 new confirmed and probable case of COVID-19 on Thursday, as well as 32 more deaths from the virus.
The state’s statewide 7-day average case positivity rate has dropped to 2.5%, the lowest it’s been since July 7. The state’s average infection rate has now been below 3% for 11 days in a row, the longest such stretch since late June and early July.MORE NEWS: After CBS 2 Investigation, New Privacy Protections For Sexual Violence Survivors Come Closer To Becoming Illinois Law
As of Wednesday night, there were 1,463 coronavirus patients hospitalized in Illinois, including 334 in the ICU and 168 on ventilators. That’s the fewest number of people hospitalized statewide since Sept. 21.