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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Health officials reported 128,246 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including an increase of 386 deaths in the last week.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 2,149,548 cases, including 27,821 deaths, since the start of the pandemic.

On Thursday alone, the state had 30,386 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed statewide. The figure smashed by more than 9,000 the previous state record for new cases in a day and nearly doubling the high from last fall’s surge

Hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise once again.

Throughout the state, Illinois hospitals are seeing around 500 new admissions due to COVID-19 every day.

Currently, only 11% of the state’s ICU beds are available. There’s concern that cases will only continue to surge after the holidays.

Governor JB Pritzker and hospital leaders are preparing for a potential shortage of staffed ICU beds.

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association along with the governor urged hospitals to postpone non-emergency surgeries and other procedures to free up beds in intensive care units.

Since Thursday, laboratories reported 1,260,179 tests for a total of 44,469,630. As of Wednesday night, 5,689 people in Illinois are hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 1,010 patients are in the ICU and 565 are on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from December 23-29 is 10.2%.

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Of Illinois’ total population, more than 72% has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 64% of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.