As the delta variant continues to spread, new cases of COVID-19 are increasing in the United States. For the past week, there were an average of 43.0 new daily cases of the virus per 100,000 Americans, up from an average of 38.0 new daily cases per 100,000 the week before.
In total, around 37,085,000 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the United States since the first known infection on January 21, 2020.
In line with the national trend, new cases are increasing in Illinois every day. For the past week, there have been an average of 26.0 new daily cases of the coronavirus per 100,000 people across the state, compared to 23.4 new daily cases per 100,000 people the previous week.
Nationwide, the average number of new infections every day rose in 44 states over the past week. Of any state, Illinois saw the 37th largest increase in the average number of new infections per day last week.
The current average daily infection rate in Illinois is the 18th lowest of all 50 states.
Since January 24, 2020, when the first coronavirus case was identified in Illinois, approximately 1,474,300 residents of the state have tested positive for the virus. Illinois, home to about 3.9% of the US population, accounts for about 4.0% of all COVID-19 cases known nationwide to date. Of all the states, Illinois has the 23rd lowest cumulative COVID-19 cases per capita.
There have been 620,355 COVID-19 deaths nationwide to date – and 26,182 of them in Illinois. The coronavirus death rate per capita in Illinois is currently 205 per 100,000 people. In context, there were 190 deaths per 100,000.