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State health officials reported nearly 130,000 new cases and almost 400 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past week in Illinois as hospitalizations continue to increase.

Since last Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 128,246 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID in Illinois along with an increase of 386 recorded deaths.

Over 1.2 million COVID-19 tests have been received at laboratories in the past week, IDPH said.

State data shows 5,689 people in Illinois were in the hospital with COVID-19 as of Wednesday evening.

Of those, 1,010 patients were in the intensive care unit and 565 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Illinois currently has 313 open ICU beds throughout the entire state, which is the fewest open beds ever reported since before the pandemic began.

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The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 46,046 doses, IDPH reported.

More than 72% of Illinois’ population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 64% are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On Thursday, IDPH announced they were adopting the CDC’s recommendation to reduce the number of days for isolation and quarantine for the general public.

The CDC updated its recommendation on Monday to decrease isolation from 10 days to five days for people who test positive and do not have symptoms.

These recommendations apply to all individuals, including those who are unvaccinated.

The CDC also recommended reducing quarantine from 10 days to five days for those who are close contacts to a COVID-19 case and have no symptoms.

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