The IDPH reported a total of 1,232,900 COVID-19 cases, including 21,203 deaths, since the start of the pandemic.
As of Thursday night, 1,302 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of these, 264 patients were in the ICU and 120 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators.
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Since March 8, Illinois has seen 10-day increases in the seven-day moving average for hospital admissions. The COVID-19 test positivity on March 10 was 2.5%. The test positivity reported today is 3.3%. While these rates are certainly significantly lower than the peak, they represent a possible early warning sign of a possible resurgence.
Chicago has seen its daily case rate increase by nearly 50% since last week, along with six days of increases in test positivity. Suburban Cook County has seen its daily case rate increase by more than 40%, along with a nine-day increase in hospital bed use. Region 1, the northern part of the state that includes Rockford and surrounding communities, has seen an eight-day increase in hospital bed use and a six-day increase in test positivity.
In the last 24 hours, labs have reported that they have analyzed 76,774 samples for a total of 19,972,391 since the pandemic began.
The preliminary positivity for the seven-day state test March 19-25 is 3.3%. During the last 14 days, the positivity of the test has been stable or increased every day, going from 2.5% to 3.3%.
Governor Pritzker Receives COVID Vaccine
A total of 6,146,815 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago, with an additional 414,900 doses allocated to federal government partners for long-term care facilities, bringing the total number delivered in Illinois to 6,561,715.
A total of 5,281,618 vaccinations have been administered in Illinois as of Thursday night, including 364,302 for long-term care facilities. The seven-day moving average of vaccines administered daily is 99,449 doses. It was reported that 126,710 doses were administered in Illinois on Thursday.
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IDPH said it is working with the federal government on possible discrepancies in the reporting of the number of vaccines administered. The IDPH said that the number of doses administered may not be reported and that it will update its data if a discrepancy is found.
To address a possible worrying trend in rising COVID hospitalizations and case rates, the state of Illinois is rolling out Rapid Response Vaccination Teams to five counties and expanding vaccine eligibility where demand appears to have declined. The Illinois Department of Public Health has seen demand for vaccines decline in several counties across the state, with early signs of missed appointments and a larger vaccine inventory. IDPH is authorizing those communities to begin vaccinating all residents 16 years of age and older at their immediate discretion, in order to use the vaccine doses currently available to them.
“The recent increases in hospital admissions and test positivity refer to new developments and we don’t want to go down the same path we’ve seen before and experience a resurgence of the pandemic, so Governor Pritzker directed us to use all of our resources to stop these spikes, “said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We cannot move forward if our metrics are regressing. The vaccine will help us reach the end of the pandemic, but we must continue to reduce the spread of the virus by wearing a mask, avoiding large crowds, while maintaining a distance of six feet.” , get tested after seeing other people and get vaccinated as soon as possible. “
The federal government projects that Illinois will receive about 1 million doses next week for distribution, an all-time high.
Residents should contact their local health department to find out if their eligibility has been extended.
“The number one goal for the state is to vaccinate as many people as quickly and safely as possible to stay ahead of the variants,” Ezike said. “This change is similar to what we saw expanding vaccine eligibility from Phase 1B to Phase 1B +, where some parts of the state were ready to move forward, while others were not. Every county is different and departments of Local health workers know best how to vaccinate people in their communities as soon as possible and in the most equitable way. “
While all communities will continue to receive their baseline dose allocation, new doses above that baseline will be assigned to high-demand areas where eligible at-risk residents face long waits for appointments.
Rapid response mobile vaccination teams will be deployed over the next two weeks to five counties in Region 1 where IDPH epidemiologists have determined that rapid dosing is necessary to mitigate rising trends. These doses are in addition to the allocation to local health departments. These mobile teams will provide a single injection Johnson & Johnson vaccine to county residents. Appointments will be coordinated by the local health department.
Region 1 residents are also encouraged to visit the existing Winnebago County mass vaccination site.
While Illinois is on track to reach 70% of the first doses for residents 65 and older in the coming days, IDPH is monitoring an increase in new hospital admissions for COVID, which will need to be appropriately addressed and resolved before move on to the Bridge Phase. IDPH epidemiologists will continue to focus on the last 10 days to monitor any acute trends that prevent the state from reaching the Bridge Phase.
Chicago loosens COVID restrictions outdoors, maintains most indoor rules
Even with COVID cases on the rise, Chicago health officials announced Thursday that they are loosening restrictions on outdoor activities and spaces.
The deaths reported on Friday include:
– Cook County: 1 teenager, 1 male 40, 1 female 60, 2 female 70, 2 male 70, 3 female 80, 1 male 80, 1 male 90
– Johnson County: 1 male, 60 years old
– Kane County: 1 male 70 years old
– Lake County: 1 60-year-old man
– LaSalle County: 1 male, 70 years old
– Lee County: 1 male, 60 years old
– Macoupin County: 1 60-year-old woman
– Madison County: 1 male 30, 1 female 50, 1 female 60, 1 male 60, 1 male 70, 1 female 90
– Marshall County: 1 female 30 years old
– McLean County: 1 man from the 90s
– Peoria County: 1 male, 60 years old
– Sangamon County: 1 male 80 years old
– St. Clair County: 2 men in their 60s, 2 women in their 80s
– Will County: 1 male 70 years old
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