Illinois keeps eye on Delta variant as level rises

Illinois keeps eye on Delta variant as level rises

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Two weeks ago, Illinois celebrated a major accomplishment in its fight against COVID-19 — the lifting of restrictions that limited capacity in businesses, restaurants and at major events. 

This came about thanks to the vaccination program in Illinois, one that has seen the state provide more than 12 million doses of the vaccine and fully vaccinate over 6 million people. Cases have gone down to their lowest levels since the beginning of the pandemic, with a case positivity rate below 1%.

Last week, the state hit another big vaccination milestone when it became the first state in the Midwest to hit President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70% of all adults aged 18 and older receive at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4. As of Friday, Illinois has provided at least one dose to 6,982,055 people, reaching 70.9% of people statewide with one dose of either the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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