New COVID-19 cases plummet in Illinois

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Oscar Smith, Publisher/ HIP Champaign

Illinois reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 3,586 new cases. That's down 41.8% from the previous week's tally of 6,159 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Illinois ranked 27th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 28.3% from the week before, with 100,804 cases reported. With 3.81% of the country's population, Illinois had 3.56% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, five states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Many communities did not report data in a timely manner around Memorial Day, making week-to-week comparisons inaccurate.

Across Illinois, cases fell in 76 counties, with the best declines in Cook, Will and Kane counties.

Sangamon County reported 32 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 68 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 19,031 cases and 237 deaths.

Logan County reported 13 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 27 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 3,960 cases and 62 deaths.

Menard County reported four cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported four cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 1,248 cases and 12 deaths.

Macoupin County reported eight cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 19 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 4,773 cases and 88 deaths.

Christian County reported 37 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 53 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 3,832 cases and 74 deaths.

Montgomery County reported 11 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 16 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 3,784 cases and 74 deaths.

Cass County reported 11 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 13 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 2,026 cases and 27 deaths.

Illinois ranked 17th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 55.7% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 51.5%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.

In the week ending Sunday, Illinois reported administering another 202,195 vaccine doses, including 112,298 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 394,169 vaccine doses, including 229,635 first doses. In all, Illinois reported it has administered 11,841,617 total doses.

In Illinois, 167 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 184 people were were reported dead.

A total of 1,385,165 people in Illinois have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 25,352 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 33,362,535 people have tested positive and 597,628 people have died.

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