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Chicago seeing increase in COVID-19 metrics- 12% increase in cases from the prior week

5 Nov 2021 12:55 PM | Anonymous

Chicago’s top doctor said Thursday the city continues to see a slight uptick in its COVID-19 metrics. [Health News Illinois  11.5.2021]

The seven-day average for new daily cases in Chicago is 328, a 12 percent increase from the prior week. The seven-day test positivity rate is 1.8 percent, a 0.2 percentage point increase from the prior week.

Chicago is also averaging 19 COVID-related hospitalizations per day, up two from the prior week.

“If we take a look, we still are seeing a little bit of an uptick in our numbers,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said during a Facebook live event. While all metrics outside of daily deaths are increasing, she stated that none are yet in a high-risk category for transmission. 

Arwady also said the city continues to make progress on its goal to have at least 77 percent of eligible residents receive at least one dose of vaccine by the end of the year. 

About 75.5 percent of eligible Chicago residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday, while 69.6 percent are fully vaccinated.

Data on kids ages 5 to 11 will be on the website by next week, Arwady said.

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