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COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise; preventing state from moving to Bridge Phase

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — Illinois won't be moving to the Bridge Phase of the reopening plan just yet because of new COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health says COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise.

IDPH says as long as new hospital admissions continue to increase, the state will not advance to the Bridge Phase and on to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. 

The number of cases of COVID-19 has seen an increasing trend as well.

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Health officials continue to urge all residents to continue to mask up, socially distance, and avoid crowds to reduce transmission and bring the metrics back in line to transition to the Bridge Phase.

The state announced 2,404 new cases along with 17 new deaths on Tuesday. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,241,993 cases and 21,273 deaths.

As of last night, 1,396 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 308 patients were in the ICU and 121 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 23-29, 2021 is 3.9%. The rolling positivity rate in Region 1 is back over 4 percent and is currently at 4.1%.

A total of 5,664,426 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight, including 367,706 for long-term care facilities. 

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