Illinois reported its lowest number of daily COVID-19 cases since August on Monday as more people get vaccinated and the state moves away from its winter peak.
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that 1,246 new cases of COVID-19 had been reported, with 34 new deaths. Two people in Christian County, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 90s, were among the new deaths.
As the nation was close to marking 500,000 deaths from the virus, Illinois confirmed 1,175,655 total cases, including 20,303 deaths, since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Monday caseload was the lowest since Aug. 3, when IDPH reported 1,298 new cases. The state's numbers began a steady climb shortly afterward, with cases peaking in November at more than 12,000 a day. Cases have not been that high since, but there was a slight jump, going from an average of 5,000 new cases a day in late December to around 8,000 in early January.
The case positivity rate remains steady at 3.1%, with the rate as a percentage of total tests at 2.8%.
The number of vaccinations administered continues to grow in Illinois, with 59,748 given Sunday. The state averaged 55,499 vaccinations given over the past week. However, the average remains lower than it was a week ago, when the state set a new high for average vaccinations at 66,320 doses.
Sangamon County confirmed 87 new cases over the previous three days, with 20 cases reported on Saturday, 36 reported on Sunday and 31 reported on Monday. One death was added, a woman in her 80s who tested positive on Jan. 20. There has been a total of 218 people in the county who have died of the virus and 15,991 positives cases.
Menard County had five additional cases, with one reported on Saturday, three reported on Sunday and one additional case reported on Monday. No deaths were recorded. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been six deaths and 1,029 positive cases in the county.