COVID-19 cases surge 27.4% in Illinois

Mike Stucka

New coronavirus cases leaped in Illinois in the week ending Sunday, rising 27.4% as 15,957 cases were reported. The previous week had 12,530 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Illinois ranked 19th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 442,676 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 16.2% from the week before. Across the country, 34 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Within Illinois, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Peoria, Fulton and Lee counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Cook County, with 6,801 cases; DuPage County, with 1,329 cases; and Will County, with 863. Weekly case counts rose in 65 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Cook, Peoria and DuPage counties.

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Illinois ranked 19th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 29.7% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 28.2%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.

In the week ending Sunday, Illinois reported administering another 721,219 vaccine doses, compared to 763,322 the week before that. In all, Illinois reported it has administered 5,682,011 doses.

Across Illinois, cases fell in 30 counties, with the best declines in Vermilion, Clinton and LaSalle counties.

In Illinois, 164 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 150 people were reported dead.

A total of 1,237,732 people in Illinois have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 23,521 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 30,262,377 people have tested positive and 549,335 people have died.

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson gets her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine March 23 in Wisconsin. "I'm not going to lie, I was a little nervous about this vaccine. I understand the apprehension as it relates to the African-American community," she said. "As it relates to our history with the medical sector, however, I was so excited to learn that this vaccine was developed by a black woman."