CHICAGO — With the state seeing more than 10,000 new cases for the fourth straight day Sunday, public health officials are sounding the alarm about the surge of COVID-19 cases in Illinois.
The state has seen a concerning resurgence in Covid cases, as the preliminary 7-day positivity rate for the first week of November came in at 12%, meaning 12 out of every 100 people tested were found to have COVID-19.
Austin resident Revin Fellows joined many visiting a temporary coronavirus testing site set up at the corner of west Chicago Avenue and north Leclaire Avenue on the West Side Sunday.
“Been diagnosed diabetes, high blood pressure, 61-years old. I’m one of those at high-risk, so that’s one of the reasons I get tested,” Fellows said. “We got the second wave, so I’m trying to get tested as much as I can.”
More than 300 people were tested at the pop-up facility administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health Sunday, according to site manager Chrishawn Johnson.
“We very seldom do testing in underprivileged areas, so we want to make sure this a top priority in those areas,” Johnson said.
It has been a troubling weekend in the progress of the pandemic for Illinois, as health officials reported a third straight record-setting day Saturday with 12,438 new COVID-19 cases and more than 10,000 cases on Sunday.
More than 10,000 people with COVID-19 have died since the beginning of the pandemic in Illinois.
As of Saturday night, 4,303 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 833 patients were in the ICU and 368 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
“We know Covid is surging in the city of Chicago and especially in communities like Austin,” event organizer Rrep. LaShawn Ford said Sunday. “It’s really concerning because it’s preventable.”
Ford and health officials reiterated the advice they have been giving for months: washing hands, wearing masks – as well as answering calls from contact tracers – can all help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Volunteers gave away free masks and food to promote public health at Sunday’s event as well.
“Communities such as this have been ravaged by grocery store closures, so if we can bring them meals just for one we can bring them joy in the midst if so much pain this year,” said Jazzy Davenport-russ, Black Girls Break Bread.