The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,542 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 42 additional deaths. Nearly 64% of adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 47% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated.
The Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 1,371,884 cases, including 22,536 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. In the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 79,529 specimens for a total of 24,051,654. As of Wednesday night, 1,488 individuals in were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Among them, 404 patients were in the ICU and 226 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
Illinois will tap state coffers to repay $2 billion in remaining debt on emergency coronavirus loans from the Federal Reserve, abandoning plans to use federal COVID-19 relief money. It is the only state to borrow from the special Fed program, taking out two loans totaling $3.2 billion to plug holes in the past two state budgets. Officials had hoped to pay off the state’s remaining balance with a portion of the $8.1 billion in relief funds the state is receiving from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.