Frontline workers at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan celebrate zero COVID patients for the first time. | Provided Photo.

As cases drop to record lows, Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan is celebrating having zero COVID-19 patients in their hospital for the first time since the pandemic began.

Vista Health System reported that the reached the milestone on Monday. “Today, Vista’s healthcare heroes are celebrating ZERO!” the medical center said.

“We hope to see this continue as vaccination rates rise in our community. By getting vaccinated, you do your part in putting an end to this pandemic.”

This past week, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital also reached the same milestone of having no COVID patients, a spokesperson said.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been reporting record low case and hospitalization numbers within the last week.

On Monday, IDPH reported 185 new COVID-19 cases and 454 COVID-19 patients in hospitals throughout Illinois.

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Of those 454 hospitalized patients, 114 of them are in the ICU and 55 of them are on ventilators.

The seven-day rolling average case positivity is 0.6%, which is the lowest it has been since March 2020.

70.4% of adults in Illinois have received at least one vaccine dose and nearly 90% of those age 65 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, the IDPH said.