Pritzker: COVID-19 pandemic timeline in Illinois unpredictable, similar to massive flood
SPRINGFIELD (WGEM) - While 50 counties across Illinois are now recognized for being at medium or high-level risk for COVID-19, the Pritzker administration is not considering new mitigations. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday that the state is in a much better place to be able to respond to the pandemic today.
Pritzker told reporters in Chicago that he is not thinking about reinstating a mask mandate or other mitigations right now. The governor said he is still closely monitoring the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19. During the height of the Omicron wave, Pritzker said about 7,400 people were hospitalized. Now, fewer than 1,200 people are.
He said the major difference is the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines and antiviral treatment. Pritzker believes everyone should be vaccinated and boosted in order to stay healthy.
“I’m somebody who is of an age over 50, so I’ve had a second booster,” Pritzker said. “And I encourage anybody over 50 to get that booster.”
84.7% of Illinoisans 12 and older have received at least one shot. 76.7% of those people are fully vaccinated.
The governor is easing back on COVID-19 executive orders as needed. However, Pritzker said there is still a statewide COVID-19 emergency and the most recent disaster declaration runs through June 25.
Pritzker says this pandemic resembles a massive flood for Illinois because much like a flood, it has no set time duration. The Democrat noted he has used executive orders and disaster declarations to keep people alive.
“We’re going to continue to provide support. We’re still in COVID-19,” Pritzker said. “We still have a pandemic. There is still a federal disaster that has been declared. So we’re going to keep providing the services that people need.”
The 7-day average case rate is now 255 per 100,000 people. Just under 1,200 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 complications with 116 patients needing intensive care and 36 on ventilators. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,131 new confirmed and probable cases on Monday. IDPH reported no deaths related to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.
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