CHICAGO, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday reported 2,082 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, the highest one-day total since 3,321 cases were reported on May 7.
Over the past week, the U.S. state has averaged 1,587 new COVID-19 cases daily, the Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday. At the beginning of July, Illinois was averaging 294 cases per day.
The case positivity rate also has skyrocketed in July, reaching a seven-day average of 4 percent during the week ending Tuesday, as against a statewide case positivity rate of 0.9 percent in the week ending July 1.
The state public health department announced on Tuesday that the state would follow new federal guidelines in recommending masks indoors for everyone in areas where the virus is surging.
The office of the Illinois Secretary of State announced on Tuesday to reinstitute mask policy in all Driver Services facilities, Secretary of State offices and the Illinois State Capitol Building starting from Aug. 2, as a result of rising COVID-19 cases recently.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said it is imperative for his facilities to remain open to serve the public to reduce the heavy customer volume caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year, and reinstating the mask policy for employees and customers will help achieve this goal.
Statewide, 27,155 vaccine doses were administered Tuesday. But over the past week, the state is averaging just 17,982 doses per day, with nearly 44 percent of the eligible population still unvaccinated.