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After seeing sharp increases in cases thanks to a new subvariant of omicron, Illinois reports that its new COVID-19 case rates have seen a slow decline in recent weeks.
According to the latest figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois is now averaging 3,983 COVID cases per day over the past week, the first time the state has reported an average of less than 4,000 since May 3.
In the past week, the number of new daily cases has dropped by nearly 21%, according to IDPH data, part of a continuing trend of declines that began in mid-May.
On Tuesday, Illinois health officials reported 3,879 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID, along with an additional 21 deaths. The state continues to average about 10 deaths a day for the past week, officials said.
Hospitalizations have been nearly flat over the past week, with 1,192 patients currently hospitalized with the virus in the state. Of those, 122 patients are in intensive care units, according to IDPH data.