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Covid-19 Cases, Vaccinations Down in Illinois, Along With Gas Prices

Coronavirus Illinois, Lake County
Vander Tuuk 3-30-21

(Chicago, IL) Coronavirus infections fell in Illinois for the 4th straight day on Monday, and deaths dropped for the 5th straight. Illinois health officials announced just under 18-hundred new cases, and 5 deaths, 84 of those cases were in Lake County, with no new fatalities. In the region that includes Lake and McHenry County, Covid-linked hospitalizations dropped slightly, while ICU patients were down for the 3rd straight day. Test positivity currently sits at 3.7%.

Covid-19 Vaccine Update
Vander Tuuk 3-30-21

(Chicago, IL) An expected weekend drop in Coronavirus vaccinations put a damper on growing numbers. The state announced just 49-thousand administered doses in their Monday report, a sharp drop from the 110-thousand the day before. The state remains in the 16% fully vaccinated range, with Lake County still hovering just under 14%. Governor JB Pritzker did announce Monday that nearly 70% of the state’s 65 and older population have received at least one vaccine dose…which is a key metric for the next phase of re-opening. But the Governor also said the upward trend in Coronavirus hospitalizations means the so-called “Bridge Phase” remains out of reach.

Gas Prices Fall, Illinois Remains Highest in the Midwest
Vander Tuuk 3-30-21

(Chicago, IL) Gas prices fell over the last week, though Illinois still remains the priciest in the Midwest. AAA says the average gallon of gas in the state is currently $3.03, down 4 cents from last week, but still 17-cents above the national average. Lake County is seeing an average price of $2.93, down 12 cents from last week. In Wisconsin, the average gallon of gas costs $2.64, down three cents…with Kenosha County at $2.62, up one cent from the previous week’s report.

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