CHICAGO – With the state seeing more than 10,000 new cases for the fourth consecutive Sunday, public health officials are ringing alarms about an increase in COVID-19 infections in Illinois.
The state has seen a resurgence in relation to Covid cases, as the preliminary positive rate for 7 days during the first week of November was 12%, meaning 12 out of every 100 people tested. people were found to have COVID-19.
Austin resident Revin Fellows visited a temporary coronavirus test site set up on the west corner of Chicago Avenue and North Leclaire Avenue on West Side Sunday.
“Diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure, 61years old. I’m one of those high-risk people, so that’s one of the reasons I got tested, ”Fellows said. “We’ve got the second wave, so I’m trying to test as much as I can.”
More than 300 people were inspected at a pop-up facility managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health on Sunday, according to site manager Chrishawn Johnson.
“We do very little testing in difficult areas, so we want to make sure this is a top priority in those areas,” Johnson said.
It was a disturbing weekend in the course of the Illinois pandemic, when health officials reported the third consecutive record date on Saturday with 12,438 new COVID-19 cases and more than 10,000 entries. Sunday.
More than 10,000 people infected with COVID-19 have died since the beginning of the epidemic in Illinois.
As of Saturday night, 4,303 people in Illinois had been reported hospitalized with COVID-19. Of which, 833 patients were being treated in the ICU and 368 patients with COVID-19 were on mechanical ventilation.
“We know Covid is thriving in the city of Chicago and especially in communities like Austin,” said event organizer Rrep. LaShawn Ford said on Sunday. “It’s really worrying because it’s preventable.”
Ford and health officials reiterated advice they had given for months: washing hands, wearing a mask – as well as answering calls from a contact tracking device – could all help slow the spread. spread of COVID-19.
Volunteers also donated free masks and food to promote public health at the Sunday event.
Jazzy Davenport-russ, Black Girls Break Bread, said: “Communities like these have been devastated by the closures of grocery stores, so if we could bring them a meal just for one People, we can bring them joy mid-year if there’s too much pain.