CHICAGO - Chicago may be coming down on the other side of the delta variant surge as numbers across the state begin to improve.
The latest numbers show 3,000 new COVID-19 cases out of 74,000 tests, the lowest average Illinois has seen since July.
In Chicago, that decline is even clearer, with a positivity rate of just 3% and hospitalizations cut in half.
Chicago is averaging 408 new cases per day, down 9% from the previous week.
Still, downstate hospitals are being stretched thin as a majority of their population has not been vaccinated.
Nearly 6,000 Chicagoans have died due to COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic.