CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois marked three major milestones in the fight against COVID-19 on Tuesday, as the state reported its lowest daily case count in more than a year, the fewest hospitalizations ever reported in a single day since the state started tracking them, and the lowest infection rate of the entire pandemic.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 401 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as well as 8 more deaths. That’s the fewest new cases reported in a single day since March 25, 2020, during the early days of the pandemic.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Storms Headed Our Way After Midnight; Damaging Winds And Heavy Rain Possible
Illinois is averaging 763 cases per day over the past week, a 50% drop from two weeks ago.
Since the start of the pandemic, Illinois has reported a total of 1,382,587 cases, including 22,835 deaths.
The statewide seven-day average case positivity rate stands at 1.6% for the second day in a row, the lowest infection rate ever reported by IDPH.READ MORE: Years After Promise Of $100,000 From State And Photo-Op Prop Check, AMVETS Post 14 In Clinton, Illinois Has Not Seen A Dime
As of Monday night, a total of 1,031 coronavirus patients were hospitalized in Illinois, the fewest virus hospitalizations reported in a single day since IDPH began tracking them last April. Illinois is averaging 1,185 hospitalizations per day over the past week, a 28% decline from two weeks ago.
However, vaccinations have dropped sharply over the past week. Illinois is averaging 45,545 doses per day over the past week, a 43% drop from one week ago. It’s also the lowest daily vaccination rate since Jan. 30.
As of Monday night, a total of 5,278,187 people in Illinois have been fully vaccinated, accounting for 41.43% of the population.MORE NEWS: Some Residents Say A Bears Move To Arlington Heights Would Benefit Community, Others Say It Would Bring Unwelcome Traffic And Crowds
IDPH said more than two thirds of all Illinois adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and nearly 51% of Illinois adults have been fully vaccinated.