CHICAGO (WLS) — Illinois public health officials reported 7,068 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 78 related deaths Tuesday.

It is the most deaths reported for a single day since 102 deaths were reported on February 11.

There have been 1,861,254 total COVID cases, including 26,698 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.

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The seven-day statewide test positivity rate is 5.5%.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 174,247 new specimens for a total of 40,237,790 since the pandemic began.

As of Monday night, 3,029 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 610 patients were in the ICU and 272 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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A total of 17,768,693vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Monday, and 58.84% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 69,951.

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Post source: Abc7chicago

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