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As of June 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are more than 33-million COVID-19 cases in the United States, including nearly 597-thousand deaths. This site is a compilation of the latest news about the COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois, along with up-to-date resources and guidance from local, state and federal agencies.

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Coronavirus by the Numbers

Testing and Vaccines:

 

Local, state and federal agencies:

 

Hospital systems with COVID-19 public dashboards:

  • Carle Health — operates hospitals, in Urbana, Normal, Olney, Eureka, Hoopeston
  • Memorial Health System — operates hospitals in Springfield, Decatur, Taylorville, Lincoln, Jacksonville
  • OSF HealthCare — operates hospitals in Urbana, Danville, Peoria and Bloomington (no dashboard available)

 


Illinois Average For Positive COVID Tests Remains Below 1%

June 13, 4:20 p.m. — The number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois is continuing to drop with the state’s seven-day positivity rate on all tests remaining under 1%. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 298 new and confirmed cases on Sunday, along with 11 new deaths. At the same time, more than half of the state’s adult population has been fully vaccinated. Overall, Illinois has logged more than 1.3 million infections. The death toll from the coronavirus is 23,061. – Associated Press

Statewide COVID-19 Rates Continue To Fall On Saturday

June 12, 3:35 p.m. – 268 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Illinois Saturday. That number marks the second time this week that the Illinois Department of Public Health has reported a daily coronavirus case count below 300.  Previous daily case counts below 300 occurred at the very start of the pandemic, in March 2020.

15 additional COVID-related deaths were reported Saturday.

Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate fell below one percent Saturday, to 0.9%. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Champaign County reported six new COVID-19 cases Saturday, and one new death for a total of 153 COVID-related deaths in the county. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Champaign County has fallen to 95.

The University of Illinois reported one new COVID-19 case on its Urbana campus on Friday.

IDPH says 52% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and almost 69% have received at least one vaccine dose.

In Champaign County, 93,330 county residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s 50.9% of vaccine-eligible county residents, and 44.46% of the county’s total population.

Champaign County Posts Lowest Active Case Total In Nearly A Year

June 12, 1:16 p.m. –  For the second straight day, Champaign County’s active case total stayed below 100. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the county has continued to decline since May 29th. This comes just a day after Illinois lifted all capacity limits on bars, restaurants, businesses and other venues.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported that over 750 doses of vaccines were administered on Friday, bringing the percentage of eligible people that have been fully vaccinated to 50.9%. The CDC reports that over 53% of all adults in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated.  – Tristen Kissack, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Lifting Capacity Limits For Businesses

June 10, 8:24 p.m. –  Illinois is lifting all capacity limits on bars, restaurants, businesses and other venues Friday, nearly 15 months after the first stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses still can have their own rules for capacity, masks and social distancing. Masks are still required on public transportation and in airports, schools and hospitals. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday that “as we take this next step forward, let’s do so with a renewed commitment to empathy, to community, and to making each day together count.” State health officials say more than 68% of Illinois residents who are 18 or older have received at least one dose of vaccine against the coronavirus, and 51% of adults are fully vaccinated. – Associated Press

More Than Half Of Illinois Adults Have Received COVID-19 Vaccine

June 7, 3:00 p.m. – Public health officials say nearly 70 percent of adults in Illinois have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. The state also says there are 244 new coronavirus cases. Fourteen additional Illinois residents have lost their lives to COVID, bringing the state’s death toll to just under 23,000. Champaign County reported today  that a man in his 50s is the 150th person to die from the coronavirus. As of Monday, there are 114 active cases in the county, and 15 people hospitalized. The Champaign Urbana Public Health District says nearly 50 percent of people eligible for the vaccine in Champaign County have been fully immunized. – Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

Champaign County Reports New COVID-19 Death

June 6, 12:50 p.m. – Champaign County is reporting a new death from COVID-19. The public health department says a man in his 80’s is the 149th person to die from the illness. There are 122 active cases in Champaign county right now. 90,483 people in the county have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Statewide, health officials reported 880 new cases over the weekend. Sixty-nine Illinoisans lost their lives, bringing the COVID-19 death toll to 22,949. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 51 percent of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated. – Reginald Hardwick, Illinois Newsroom

Champaign City Offices Reopen Today

June 1, 12:00 a.m. – For the first time in more than a year, city facilities in Champaign will reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 1. The hours are as follows:

  • Police Station: 7 Days/Week 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • City Building: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Public Works: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Fire Station 1-Administration: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The city is requiring people to wear a mask while requesting in person customer service. If you do not want to wear a mask, you can still access the city of Champaign on the phone or online. The city of Champaign began limiting access to city facilities on March 13, 2020 when COVID-19 cases were spiking in Illinois and across America. – Reginald Hardwick, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Sees Lowest Daily COVID Case Count In Nearly A Year

May 31 9:20 p.m. — The daily COVID-19 case count in Illinois has dropped to 521, which is the lowest point in nearly one year. Illinois Department of Public Health data show the state reported 462 cases on June 22 of last year. Still, public health officials on Monday reported 33 additional deaths the same day. They’ve previously said that weekend case counts are generally lower. The news comes as more than half of Illinois adults have been fully vaccinated. Overall, Illinois has reported more than 1.3 million cases and 22,827 COVID-19 deaths. – Associated Press

More Than Half Of Illinois Adults Fully Vaccinated For COVID

May 30 2:18 p.m. — More than half of Illinois adults have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Public Health says about 67% of all adults have received at least one vaccine dose. The number of coronavirus cases has been declining in the state. Health officials on Sunday reported 602 new coronavirus cases and 18 additional deaths.  The seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test is 1.7%. State officials are making vaccines available to Memorial Day weekend travelers throughout the state, including a vaccine clinic at Union Station in Chicago. – Associated Press

Just One New COVID-19 Case In Champaign County Thursday

May 28 3:40 a.m. — Champaign County reported a single new COVID-19 case Thursday. The number of active cases has fallen to 190, the lowest number since last August. 13 county residents are currently hospitalized with the virus.

Illinois Public Health officials say there were 891 new COVID-19 cases statewide, and 42 COVID-related deaths. Those include fatalities in DeWitt and Vermilion Counties. Illinois’ seven-day case positivity rate has fallen to 1.9%. 

66%of Illinois adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while more than 49% are fully vaccinated.

In Champaign County, the percentage of vaccine-eligible county residents who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as of Thursday is at 47.6%. When all county residents are included, the vaccination rate is 41.61%. (County vaccination figures corrected 5/28/21 from incorrect higher rates posted earlier) – Jim Meadows. Illinois Newsroom 

Mask Requirements Loosened In Illinois Courthouses

May 28 3:35 a.m. — People who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer have to wear face masks in Illinois courthouses … and temperature checks will no longer be required.  The Illinois Supreme Court says it’s changing its mask requirements in keeping with recent C-D-C guidance. However, people who have not been vaccinated must still wear a mask. And local jurisdictions may impose more stringent guidelines. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Vermilion County Plans Vaccination Clinics

May 28, 3:30 a.m. — The Vermilion County Health Department is holding vaccination clinics next week for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. Illinois National Guard personnel will help with the clinics, which are set for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, June 2-4, at the health department office,  at 200 South College Street in Danville.  People can register for the clinics at www.vchd.org, or by calling 431-2662, ext. 263 or 264. 

Thursday COVID Figures Include Five Deaths In East-Central Illinois

May 21, 12:20 a.m. – State public health officials reported 1,542 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and 42 additional deaths. Those include two fatalities in DeWitt County, and one each in Coles, Macon and Vermilion Counties. The seven-day case positivity rate for the state is at 2.2% — compared to 2.5% a week ago.

Champaign County reported 24 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, and 273 active cases. Seven county residents are currently hospitalized with the coronavirus.

45% of vaccine-eligible people in Champaign County are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Statewide, 47% of Illinois adults have been fully vaccinated … and 64% have received at least one vaccine dose.

Two new COVID-19 cases were reported on the University of Illinois Urbana campus Wednesday. The seven-day positivity rate on campus is at 0.08%. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Urbana Park District Announces “Bridge Phase” Policies

May 18, 2:42 p.m. — The Urbana Park District has loosened its COVID-19 safety guidelines, now that Illinois has moved to the Tier Four Bridge Phase.

More people will be allowed inside park district buildings, and temperature checks are no longer required to enter. However, face masks are still required inside park district facilities.

At Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center, people can once again come to the pool on a first come, first served basis. The locker room has reopened, but people are encouraged to change and shower at home. The pool can once again be rented for parties, as can the Lake House at Crystal Lake Park.

The Anita Purves Nature Center will be open for public visits of up to 15 at a time, on Saturday and Sundays from June 5 to August 15. Day camps will start at 50 percent capacity, with the possibility of increased capacity later in the summer.

More details can be found on the Urbana Park District website. Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Vaccine Clinic For 12+ Planned In Decatur On Wednesday

May 18, 2:40 p.m. – The Macon County Health Department has scheduled a Pfizer vaccination clinic for people aged 12 and up on Wednesday, May 19. The clinic will be held from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 – 3:30 p.m., at the health department office at 1221 East Condit Street in Decatur. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Others should bring a photo I.D. or insurance card, if possible. The second dose of the vaccine will be administered on June 9th. Walk-ins are welcome, or appointments can be made online at 5/19 Pfizer First Dose 12+ (juvare.com)  — Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

COVID-19 Positivity Rates Continue To Fall

May 18, 2:35 p.m. – 29 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Champaign County on Tuesday. The number of active cases rose to 267, with hospitalizations falling to eight. The county’s seven-day average test positivity rate, excluding data from the University of Illinois, is 2.6%.

44.8% of Champaign County’s vaccine-eligible population, and 39.10% of its total population, has been fully immunized against COVID-19.

The University of Illinois reported five new COVID-19 cases on its Urbana campus Monday. That brings the total number since the start of the spring 2021 semester to 1,863.  By comparison, the fall 2020 semester (including the winter break that followed) saw 4,897 cases. The campus’ seven-day average positivity rate is at .06%.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,495 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. 21 deaths were reported, including two women in Coles County, one in her 60s and the other in her 80s. Illinois’ seven-day case positivity rate continues to fall, at 2.3%. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

City Of Urbana And University Of Illinois Campus Update Mask Guidance

May 14, 5:10 p.m. – Both the City of Urbana and the University of Illinois have announced changes to their mask policies after updated guidance was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday. In Urbana, face coverings are no longer required for anyone in public places, including businesses and all outdoor spaces. However, businesses may set their own safety protocols if they wish.

At the U of I campus, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks or practice social distancing at most indoor locations and outdoors. According to the university, the new guidance will be enforced on the honor system and students, faculty and staff that participate in on-campus activities are still required to get tested regularly for COVID-19.

Champaign County health officials announced 29 new COVID-19 cases today. There are currently 283 active cases within the county and 11 residents are hospitalized. The county’s seven-day average test positivity rate, excluding data from the University of Illinois, is 2.9%.

44% of Champaign County’s eligible population and 38% of its total population has been fully immunized.

Two new COVID-19 cases were detected on the University of Illinois campus yesterday. That brings the semester-total to more than 1,800 cases. By comparison, last semester saw nearly 4,900 cases. The campus’ seven-day average positivity rate is .03%.

Illinois state health officials announced more than 1,800 additional coronavirus cases today and 49 more deaths. The state’s seven-day average case positivity rate is 2.5%. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom

12-To-15-Year-Olds Become Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccine

May 13, 11:15 p.m. – COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Illinois began offering the 2-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to young people ages 12 to 15 for the first time Thursday, one day after federal authorities gave their approval.

In Champaign County, the extension of vaccines to the 12-to-15 group caused a change in the percentage of vaccine-eligible people who have been fully vaccinated. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported that the addition of those in the younger age group caused the percentage to go down, from 45.6% on Wednesday to 43.3% on Thursday.

Several vaccine clinics in Champaign County offer the Pfizer vaccine, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Those include:

The Carle vaccine clinic at Kohl’s Plaza, 1901 N Market Street in Champaign. First-dose appointments take place on Friday through Monday. Call (217) 902-6100 to schedule an appointment or use mycarle.com . 

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 W. Kenyon Road, Champaign. Walk-ins are welcome on Fridays from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Call (217) 531-5365 for more information, and to get help for those with special needs or disabilities. 

Promise Healthcare, 819 Bloomington Road, Champaign. To register, call (217) 403-5402. Individuals will need to register as a patient.

Area pharmacies. Visit www.vaccinefinder.org for information about vaccination appointments.

Parkland College, Champaign. Walgreens will administer vaccinations from a tent in the M-4 Parking Lot. The next clinic is Thursday, May 20 from 3 to 7 PM. Walk-ins are welcome.

The clinics are open to people who live or work in Champaign County. Parental consent is required to vaccinate those under 18. While the Pfizer vaccine is available to those as young as 12, the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only for those ages 18 and up. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

More Than 1,900 New COVID-19 Cases In Illinois Thursday

May 13, 11:00 p.m. — State Public Health officials reported more 1,918 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois Thursday. There were 35 deaths reported, including in Coles and Macon County. The state’s seven-day case positivity rate is now down to 2.7%.

Champaign County reported 21 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. There are 285 active cases in the county, with eleven currently hospitalized. 43.3% of Champaign County residents have been vaccinated against the virus. That number is down slightly from Wednesday, due to the addition of 12-to-15-year-olds to the eligible group.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus reported two new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The daily case rate for the campus has stayed below ten for two and a half weeks, or since April 27th. -Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

1,741 New COVID-19 Cases Statewide On Sunday

May 9, 9:40 p.m. – 1,741 new COVID-19 cases and 30 COVID-related deaths were reported in Illinois on Sunday by the state Department of Public Health. One of the deaths occurred in Vermilion County. The seven-day case positivity rate is at 2.9%, compared to 3.4% a week ago, and 4.2% a month ago.

Champaign County reported 22 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. The county has 337 active cases of the virus, with 18 hospitalized.

Champaign County reports 36.62% of its total population and 44.5% of its vaccine eligible population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

One new COVID-19 case was reported on Saturday at the University of Illinois Urbana campus, out of 2,799 tests conducted.

Vermilion County reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including one involving a person who reported they had been fully vaccinated against the virus. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

1 New Champaign County COVID-19 Death, Zero New Campus Cases

May 8, 11 p.m. – Champaign County recorded its 146th COVID-19 death on Saturday, along with 25 new cases. The number of active cases is declining, now at 372.

The Champaign County COVID death, and one in Macon County, were among the 22 new deaths from the virus reported Saturday by the Illinois Department of Public Health. IDPH reported 1,729 new COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, for the first time in months, the University of Illinois Urbana campus reported no new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

13 Champaign County residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. As of Friday night, 2,000 people were hospitalized across Illinois with the virus. That includes 473 in Intensive Care, and 238 on ventilators.

Illinois’ seven-day positivity rates fell to 2.9% for cases and 3.6% for tests. A week ago, on May 1, the rates were at 3.5%/4.1%.

88,753 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Illinois on Friday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered statewide is currently 87,494.  In Champaign County, those fully vaccinated make up 36.05% of the total population, and 43.08% of the vaccine-eligible population. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 3-Thousand New Cases Of COVID-19

May 7, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,321 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 36 new deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 30 through May 6 was 3.1% – down slightly from this time last week.

State officials are also reporting 73,526 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Thursday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 65,750 doses.

There are currently 1,977 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 464 of them are in the ICU and 239 of them are on ventilators. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 17-Hundred New Cases Of COVID-19

May 6, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,778 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 40 new deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 29 through May 5 was 3.0% – down from 3.5% this time last week.

State officials are also reporting 99,599 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 70,063 doses.

There are currently 2,055 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 483 of them are in the ICU and 243 of them are on ventilators. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 2,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

May 4, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,211 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 19 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 27 through May 3 was 3.4%, down slightly from this time last week.

State officials are also reporting 40,361 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Monday, however, this number is excluding data from Walgreens, Albertsons and CVS due to a national outage in the pharmacies system. The missing doses will be shown in a future report. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 72,613 doses.

There are currently 2,074 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 493 of them are in the ICU and 262 of them are on ventilators. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Officials Say Illinois Approaching 10M COVID-19 Vaccines

May 2, 4:20 p.m. — Illinois health officials say the state is nearing 10 million COVID-19 vaccines. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Sunday that Illinois has roughly 11.8 million vaccines on hand, of which more than 9.3 million have been administered.  Meanwhile, the state logged another 1,860 new confirmed and probable infections and 27 more COVID-19 deaths. Overall, Illinois has totaled more than 1.3 million cases and 22,019 deaths. With COVID-19 cases declining, some restrictions are easing. That includes Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot saying some sports fans will be allowed to return to the United Center for the first time in more than a year.  – Associated Press

Illinois Officials Announce Over 3,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

April 30, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,207 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 33 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 23 through April 29 was 3.4%, down slightly from this time last week.

State officials are also reporting 103,717 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Thursday. The seven-day average of vaccines administered is currently 92,747 doses.

There are currently 2,024 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 475 of them are in the ICU and 235 of them are on ventilators. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 3,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

April 29, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,394 new cases of COVID-9 today, as well as 38 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 22 through April 28 was 3.5%, down slightly from 3.8% this time last week.

State officials are also reporting 107,689 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday. The seven-day average of vaccines administered is currently 97,434 doses.

There are currently 2,115 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 475 of them are in the ICU and 231 of them are on ventilators. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 2,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

April 27, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,556 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 23 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 20 through 26 was 3.5%, down slightly from 3.8% this time last week.

State officials are also reporting 81,152 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Monday. The seven-day average of vaccines administered is currently 105,757 doses.

There are currently 2,180 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 502 of them are in the ICU and 251 of them are on ventilators. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Reports 2,035 New COVID Cases, Resumes J&J Vaccine

April 25, 1:32 p.m. — Illinois health officials on Sunday reported 2,035 new cases of COVID-19 including 24 new deaths. The preliminary statewide positivity rate for the past week, as a percentage of total tests, is 3.5%, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The department announced late Friday that Illinois is resuming use of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot coronavirus vaccine, after U.S. health officials lifted an 11-day pause on the vaccinations. The change came after scientific advisers decided the vaccine’s benefits outweigh a rare risk of blood clot. – Associated Press

Illinois Officials Announce 3,369 New Cases of COVID-19

April 23, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,369 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 22 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 16 through April 22 was 3.6%, down from 4.2% this time last week.

There are currently 2,112 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 506 of them are in the ICU and 230 of them are on ventilators.

State officials are also reporting 136,525 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Thursday. The seven-day average of vaccines administered is currently 118,741 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce 3,170 New Cases Of COVID-19

April 22, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,170 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 33 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 15 through April 21 was 3.8%, down from 4.2% this time last week.

There are currently 2,147 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 511 of them are in the ICU and 238 of them are on ventilators.

State officials are also reporting 131,411 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 123,078 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce 2,587 New Cases of COVID-19

April 20, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,587 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 9 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 13 through 19 was 3.8% – down from 4.3% this time last week.

There are currently 2,288 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 522 of them are in the ICU and 223 of them are on ventilators.

State officials are also reporting 81,963 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Monday; however, this number excludes data from Walgreens, which will be included tomorrow. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 122,531 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Half of US Adults Have Received At Least One COVID-19 Shot

April 18, 4:41 p.m. — Half of all adults in the U.S. have now received at least one COVID-19 shot. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The announcement on Sunday marks another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign. It also leaves more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves. The CDC says almost 130 million people 18 or older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, or 50.4% of the total adult population. Almost 84 million people adults, or about 32.5% of that population, have been fully vaccinated. – Associated Press

Illinois Administers More Than 8M COVID-19 Vaccinations

April 18, 2:33 p.m. — State health officials say more than 8 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Illinois. The state’s Department of Public Health said Sunday that the seven-day average of daily shots is just over 125,000. The news comes as the state on Sunday added 2,666 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease and logged 10 additional deaths. Illinois has reported 21,663 deaths from COVID-19 with more than 1.3 million infections overall. Starting Monday, all Chicago residents age 16 and older are eligible for vaccines. Illinois has already expanded vaccine eligibility. – Associated Press

Worldwide COVID-19 Death Toll Tops A Staggering 3 Million

April 17, 11:54 a.m. — The global death toll from the coronavirus has topped a staggering 3 million people. The milestone, recorded by Johns Hopkins University, comes amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France. The toll is about equal to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; or metropolitan Lisbon, Portugal. It is bigger than Chicago (2.7 million) and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined. – Associated Press

Illinois Officials Announce 3,866 New Cases of COVID-19

April 16, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,866 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 21 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 9 through April 15 was 4.2%, the same as this time last week.

There are currently 2,058 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 468 of them are in the ICU and 205 of them are on ventilators.

State officials are also reporting 166,885 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 129,664 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce 3,581 New Cases of COVID-19

April 15, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,581 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 40 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 8 through April 14 was 4.2%, the same as this time last week.

There are currently 2,043 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 468 of them are in the ICU and 190 of them are on ventilators.

State officials are also reporting 129,755 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 129,317 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Vaccine Delays Not Expected Despite Pause On J&J Vaccine

April 13, 1:45 p.m. – Following recommendations from the FDA and CDC, the Illinois Department of Public Health is asking all vaccine providers in the state to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Health officials in Champaign, Vermilion, Macon, DeWitt and Piatt counties say the vaccine had been used in prior clinics across east-central Illinois, including ones in Farmer City and Clinton earlier this week.

C-U Public Health administrator Julie Pryde said in an email that a large clinic planned for next week has been canceled, but the county will work to transition people to clinics offering the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. A delay in overall vaccine distribution efforts is unlikely, she said, as Moderna and Pfizer make up the vast majority of doses in Illinois.

Federal officials say the move to pause the vaccine is being made out of an abundance of caution after six U.S. reports of a rare and severe type of blood clot. Seven million Johnson & Johnson doses have been administered nationwide.  Federal health officials said in a media briefing Tuesday that the pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will allow time to evaluate the situation and educate health care providers on how to recognize, treat and report this extremely rare illness when it arises. People who develop severe headache, abdominal or leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. — Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce 3,193 New Cases Of COVID-19

April 13, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,193 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 17 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 6 through April 12 was 4.3% – up from 3.9% this time last week.

There are currently 2,028 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 466 of them are in the ICU and 185 of them, are on ventilators.

State officials are also reporting 100,729 doses of a COVID-19 were administered in Illinois on Monday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 132,979 doses.

The IDPH is pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines, per a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as they investigate blood clots found in six women aged between 18 and 48 years old. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

US Recommends ‘Pause’ For J&J Vaccine Over Clot Reports

April 13, 6:47 a.m. — The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts. More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S. U.S. federal distribution channels, including mass vaccination sites, will pause the use of the J&J shot, and states and other providers are expected to follow. – Associated Press

COVID-19 Cases, Vaccinations Both Rise

April 12, 2:30 p.m. – Illinois reported 2,433 new COVID-19 cases Monday, including 18 additional deaths. The state’s seven-day case positivity rate is 4.4%, up from 3.8% a week ago. The test positivity rate is 4.9%, compared to 4.5% a week ago.

Champaign County reported 40 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.  The number of currently active cases is 399, up by ten from the day before. The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Champaign County remains at 138. The county has gone thirteen days without a COVID-19 death.

12 Champaign County residents are hospitalized with the coronavirus. Carle Hospital in Urbana, which serves a larger region, reported 22 COVID-19 patients in its weekly report issued Monday, with six in Intensive Care. For the entire Carle Health system (including hospitals in Olney, Normal, Hoopeston and Eureka), 49 patients were reported hospitalized with COVID-19, with nine of them in intensive care.

The total number of Champaign County residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 surpassed 55,000 over the weekend, and stood at 55,600 as of Monday. That number is 26.49% of Champaign County’s total population, and 32.2% of the vaccine-eligible population.

More than 7.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered to providers in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health, with more than 6.3 million administered so far. On a seven-day rolling average, nearly 106,000 Illinois residents are being vaccinated daily.  Only 27,248 vaccinations were reported on Sunday, but IDPH says reporting from some providers may be delayed. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom (Updated to correct Carle COVID-19 hospitalizations  – JM 4/12/21)

About a third of eligible Champaign County residents fully vaccinated

April 11, 9 p.m. — The number of Champaign County residents who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 topped 55,000 today. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District says about 26 percent of the county’s total population, and 32 percent of its vaccine-eligible population is now totally vaccinated.

In Champaign County, 82 new COVID-19 cases were reported over the weekend. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Champaign County is 389. Thirteen county residents are currently hospitalized.

Over the weekend, 5,572 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Illinois, along with 29 deaths. The seven-day case positivity rate is 4.2% – up from 3.8% this time last week. — Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom 

Most of White Sox Traveling Party Gets COVID-19 Vaccine

April 11, 1:19 p.m. — More than 90% of the traveling party for the Chicago White Sox got the COVID-19 vaccine after their home opener, moving the team closer to meeting Major League Baseball’s threshold for relaxing some of the protocols put in place for the pandemic. Showing an unusual amount of transparency for the sport, the White Sox announced the step before their series finale against Kansas City. The team says in a release that “virtually the entire” traveling party had received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and general manager Rick Hahn put the number at “well in excess of 90%.” – Associated Press

Illinois Officials Announce 4,004 New Cases of COVID-19

April 9, 2:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 4,004 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 21 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 2 through April 8 was 4.2% – up from 3.5% this time last week.

There are currently 1,808 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 369 of them are in the ICU and 153 of them are on ventilators.

State officials are also reporting 164,462 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Thursday – the highest amount ever recorded. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 118,336 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce 3,739 New Cases of COVID-19

April 8, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,739 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 34 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from April 1 through April 7 was 4.2% – up from 3.5% this time last week.

There are currently 1,798 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 351 of them are in the ICU and 151 of them are on ventilators.

State officials are also reporting 154,201 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday – the highest amount ever recorded. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 112,680 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce 2,931 New Cases of COVID-19

April 6, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,931 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 13 new deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 30 through April 5 was 3.9% – up from 3.4% this time last week.

There are currently 1,648 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 357 of them are in the ICU and 143 of them are on ventilators.

State officials are also reporting 95,188 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Monday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 106,976 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Vaccinated in Champaign County tops 50,000

April 4, 3:05 p.m. – The number of Champaign County residents who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has topped 50-thousand. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported 50,314 vaccinated as of Sunday. The number is 23.97% of the county’s total population of 209,689 people (according to 2019 Census estimates), and 29.1% of the vaccine-eligible population. 73 new COVID-19 cases were announced. Meanwhile, the University of Illinois announced five new COVID-19 cases on the Urbana campus for Saturday.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Champaign County rose for the fifth straight day on Sunday, reaching 399 cases. Ten county residents are currently hospitalized.

2,449 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Illinois Sunday by the Illinois Department of Public Health. 14 additional deaths were reported. The seven-day case positivity rate is at 3.8%, while the test positivity rate is 4.3%. Both numbers are unchanged from Saturday. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois COVID-19 Positivity Rate Continues Increase

April 3, 6:45 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,839 new cases of COVID-19 in the state on Saturday, along with 13 deaths from the virus. Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate continues to increase; the case positivity rate is now at 3.8%, and the test rate is 4.3%. Statewide, 1,426 people are reported hospitalized with COVID-19, including 325 in Intensive Care and 132 on ventilators.

Public Health officials reported 35 new COVID-19 cases in Champaign County Saturday, with no additional deaths. The number of active cases in the county is 374, continuing a steady rise in cases over the past four days. Ten county residents are currently hospitalized with the virus. Carle Hospital in Urbana, which serves a multi-county area, reported 18 COVID-19 patients on Friday, including three in Intensive Care.

As of Saturday, the percentage of Champaign County residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 was 28.9% of the vaccine-eligible population, and 23.77% of the total population. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce 3,235 New Cases of COVID-19

April 2, 2:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,235 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 24 new deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 26 through April 1 was 3.5% – up from 2.9% this time last week.

There are currently 1,445 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 314 of them are in the ICU and 129 of them are on ventilators.

State officials are also reporting 124,870 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 108,811 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce 3,526 New Cases of COVID-19

April 1, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,526 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 25 new deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 25 through March 31 was 3.5% – up from 2.7% this time last week.

There are currently 1,411 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 304 of them are in the ICU and 121 of them are on ventilators.

State officials are also reporting 116,551 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently 109,073 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce 2,404 New Cases Of COVID-19

March 30, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,404 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 17 additional deaths from the virus. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 23 through March 29 was 3.4% – up from 2.5% this time last week.

There are currently 1,396 people in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 308 of them are in the ICU and 121 of them are on ventilators.

State officials are also reporting 86,812 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Monday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is currently over 105,040 doses.

According to the IDPH, as long as the number of people being admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 continues to rise, the state will not enter the bridge phase that would take us to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

COVID-19 Positivity Rates On The Rise In Illinois

March 29, 5:00 p.m. – Positivity rates for COVID-19 continue to rise in Illinois. The seven-day case positivity rate for the state was at 3.3% Monday, continuing a steady rise from the 2.6% of a week ago. 

State public health officials reported 1,761 new COVID-19 cases Monday, with five new deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths in the state has remained at less than forty a day for the past two weeks.

Champaign County reported 35 new COVID-19 cases Monday. There are 306 active cases in the county. Nine county residents are hospitalized with the virus. The county’s seven day average positivity rate – excluding data from the University of Illinois – was at 3%, as of last Thursday.

Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana – which serves a broader region – is currently treating 15 COVID-19 patients. One is in Intensive Care.

There were four new coronavirus cases reported on the University of Illinois campus on Sunday. The seven day average positivity rate was at 0.10%. There have been more than 14-hundred cases on campus since the start of the spring semester.

Coles County has announced its 94th death from COVID-19. The Coles County Health Department reported nine new cases of the virus Monday, for a total of 5,548 cases since the pandemic began. More than a hundred cases are currently active.

48,553 Champaign County residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That is 23.13% of the county’s total population, and 28.1% of the vaccine-eligible population. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Vaccination Clinics Continue In Champaign County

March 29, 5:00 p.m. – COVID-19 vaccination clinics continue this week in Champaign County. The clinics in Champaign and Rantoul are open to anyone living or working in the county who falls within the state’s Phases 1A and 1B. They’re also open to people in job categories including food and beverage, construction trades, religion and higher education.  For more information, check the March 29 news release posted at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District website. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 126,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Were Administered Thursday

March 26, 1:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 126,710 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Thursday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is currently over 99,000 doses.

State officials are also reporting 3,002 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 33 additional deaths from the virus. Currently, 1,302 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 264 of them are in the ICU and 120 of them are on ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 19 through March 25 was 2.9%, up from 2.5% this time last week.

In response to rising COVID-19 cases, the state is launching Rapid Response Vaccination Teams to five counties and expand vaccine eligibility in areas where demand for vaccines has begun to disappear.

The teams will deploy to five counties in Region 1 where the IDPH has determined vaccines need to be administered quickly to combat increasing cases. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 118,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Were Administered Wednesday

March 25, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 118,544 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is currently over 101,000 doses.

State officials are also reporting 2,190 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 35 additional deaths from the virus. Currently, 1,251 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 267 of them are in the ICU and 119 of them are on ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 18 through March 24 was 2.7%, which is the same as this time last week. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Macon County Health Department To Host Vaccination Clinic

The Macon County Health Department will be holding a vaccination clinic at the National Sequestration Education Center at Richland Community College this Thursday. The clinic is only for those who are 65 or older and who live or work in Macon County. Eligible persons can call 217-718-6205 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to schedule an appointment. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 70,000 COVID-29 Vaccine Doses Were Administered Monday

March 23, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 70,252 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Monday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is now 91,000 doses.

State officials are also reporting 1,832 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 13 additional deaths from the virus. Currently, 1,270 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 272 of them are in the ICU and 117 of them were on ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 16 through March 22 was 2.5%. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

U of I Students Sought For Vaccine Study

March 22, 3:20 p.m. – The University of Illinois is looking for students to take part in a National Institutes of Health study on how well vaccines do in reducing the spread of COVID-19. The study seeks students who have not yet been vaccinated. Participants will receive the Moderna vaccine. While it’s known to protect people from getting sick with COVID-19, researchers don’t know how well it does in stopping the virus from spreading to others. Microbiology Prof. Joanna Shisler, the lead researcher in the study, says the university was chosen for the study, because of its SHIELD saliva-based testing program, which involves both rapid testing and robust contact tracing. Participants will be paid and could receive the vaccine as soon as April. Students who wish to take part in the study can sign up at https://go.illinois.edu/covidvaccinestudy or email covidvaccinestudy@illinois.edu for more information.  – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Champaign County Reports 136th COVID-19 Death

March 22, 3:10 p.m. – A man in his 80s is the 136th person with COVID-19 to die in Champaign County. Local public health authorities reported the fatality Monday, along with 22 new cases of the virus. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the county rose by one to 246. Champaign County’s seven-day average case count rose to twelve. Ten Champaign County residents are reported hospitalized with COVID-19. Meanwhile, Carle Hospital in Urbana, which serves several counties, reported 21 hospitalizations, including four in Intensive Care. The number of county residents who have been vaccinated is 21.92% of the total population, and 26.6% of the vaccine-eligible population. 

Two new COVID-19 cases were reported on the University of Illinois Urbana campus on Sunday, our of 5,231 tests conducted. The seven-day positivity rate for the campus is at 0.05%, compared to 0.10% a week ago.

There were 1,220 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases reported in Illinois Monday, including 22 additional deaths. The seven-day case positivity rate for the state is at 2.6%, up from 2.2% a week ago. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Champaign County Administers Nearly 5,000 Vaccine Doses Over The Weekend

March 21, 1:45 p.m. – The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported 51 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. There are currently 245 active cases of the virus in Champaign County, including 10 people who are hospitalized. Twenty-one patients are hospitalized at Carle Hospital in Urbana — which serves a broader region — including 5 patients in the ICU.

More than a quarter — 26.5% — of the county’s vaccine eligible residents are now fully vaccinated. On Sunday, C-UPHD reported administering 4,894 vaccine doses since Friday.

The University of Illinois reported a single new case of the virus on its Urbana campus Saturday. The campus now has a seven-day positivity rate of 0.05%. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,393 new cases of COVID-19 between Saturday and Sunday — and 47 additional deaths from the virus.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases is 2.5%. Illinois’ seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 95,171. On Saturday, 75,380 doses were reported administered statewide. – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom

Government, Higher Ed Workers Next Up For Illinois Vaccines

March 19, 2:13 p.m. – Illinois is expanding the groups of people to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines to include higher education staffers, government workers and the media. In a news release, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office says those workers will be eligible for the vaccines on Monday. The following Monday — March 29 — construction trade workers, food and beverage worker will be eligible for vaccines. On April 12, any resident 16 years and older will be eligible for vaccines. – Associated Press

Illinois Officials Announce Over 135,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Were Administered Thursday

March 19, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 135,525 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Thursday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is now 102,775 doses.

State officials are also reporting 2,380 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 12 additional deaths from the virus. Currently, 1,132 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 242 of them are in the ICU and 105 of them are on ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 12 through March 18 was 2.5%. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 91,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Were Administered Wednesday

March 18, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 91,684 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is now 99,210 doses.

State officials are also reporting 2,325 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 34 additional deaths from the virus. Currently, 1,120 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 252 of them are in the ICU and 100 of them are on ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 11 through March 17 was 2.7%. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 78,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Were Administered Monday

March 16, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 78,287 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Monday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is now 102,564 doses – the highest ever recorded.

State officials are also reporting 1,997 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 19 additional deaths from the virus. Currently, 1,152 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 250 of them are in the ICU and 124 of them are on ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 9 through March 15 was 2.3%. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

COVID-19 Cases Low Monday, Reflecting Low Rate Of Testing

March 15, 10 p.m. – Illinois reported 782 new COVID-19 cases Monday. That’s the lowest number since last summer, but it also reflected a low number of tests processed — 39,145. Still, Illinois’ test positivity rate for the day is also low, at around two percent.  Health officials also reported 12 additional deaths related to the coronavirus, of them in east-central Illinois.

Champaign County reported no new COVID-19 cases or deaths Monday, while the number of active cases fell to 211, the lowest level since last August. The University of Illinois reported two new COVID-19 cases on the Urbana campus Sunday. Carle Hospital in Urbana, which serves several counties, reported  21 COVID-19 patients, including six in intensive care. Those number are unchanged since Saturday.

Carle Invites Patients Waiting For 2nd-Dose Pfizer Vaccine To Reschedule

March 12, 4:55 p.m. – Carle Health says it’s keeping its call center open seven days a week to reschedule appointments for patients who were set to get their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19. This refers to vaccination appointments originally scheduled for Thursday, March 11 through Monday, March 15, at Kohl’s Plaza in Champaign. A delay in vaccine shipments led to appointments being rescheduled. 

The healthcare provider says that patients who have already been rescheduled should contact them again, because they may be able to get an earlier appointment.

The Carle vaccination call center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, and its phone number is 217-902-6100. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom.

Illinois Officials Announce Over 110,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Were Administered Thursday

March 12, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 110,570 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 95,121 doses.

So far, approximately 54% of Illinoisans 65 years or older have been vaccinated.

State officials are also reporting 1,763 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 39 additional deaths from the virus. Currently, 1,128 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 240 of them are in the ICU and 108 of them are on ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 5 through March 11 was 2.3%. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 112,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Were Administered Wednesday

March 11, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 112,776 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 98,166 doses – the highest seven-day vaccination average yet.

State officials are also reporting 1,700 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 55 additional deaths from the virus. Currently, 1,118 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 231 of them are in the ICU and 103 of them are on ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 4 through March 10 was 2.2%. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 75,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered On Monday

March 9, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 75,372 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinoi9s on Monday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 92,180 doses.

Half of all Illinoisans that are 65-years-old or older have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

State officials are also reporting 1,510 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 16 additional deaths. Currently. 1,177 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 263 patients were in the ICU and 132 of them were on ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from March 2 through March 8 was 2.3%. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

COVID Infection Rates Continue Their Slowdown

March 8, 5:10 p.m. Champaign County reported 14 new and 236 active cases of COVID-19 Monday. Both numbers are at their lowest point in several months.

Carle Hospital in Urbana, which serves a broader region, has 26 people hospitalized with the coronavirus — five of them in Intensive Care.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus reports six new COVID-19 cases from testing done on Sunday. The campus’ seven-day positivity rate is now at 0.1%. Statewide, the seven-day test positivity rate for COVID-19 is at 2.3%.

1,182 new cases of the virus were reported in Illinois on Monday, with five new deaths. The state’s seven-day case positivity rate is 2.3%, while the test positivity rate is 2.8%.

37,047 Champaign County residents have now been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. That’s 21.4% of the county’s vaccine-eligible residents, and 17.65% of the total county population. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

New Vaccination Sites Announced In Champaign, Rantoul

March 8, 5:10 p.m. – The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is partnering with local healthcare providers to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at the Rantoul Youth Center, and at Meadowbrook Community Church in northwest Champaign. Vaccinations are by appointment only, for Champaign County residents age 16 or older (18 or older at Meadowbrook) with underlying health conditions or disabilities, who have not yet received their first vaccine dose, and for anyone who falls within the state’s Phases 1A and 1B guidelines. Registration for the Rantoul vaccinations can be done online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F44A4AE22AAFF2-osfcuphd or by calling (217) 892-6844. Registration for vaccinations at Meadowbrook Community Church can be done online at https://www.christieclinic.com/about/covid-19-vaccination/ .  – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Just Over A Thousand New COVID-19 Cases In Illinois Reported Sunday

March 7, 5:05 p.m. – After a jump to 2,565 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the Illinois Department of Public health reported 1,068 new cases on Sunday, its lowest number in recent months. IDPH reported 14 additional deaths related to the coronavirus, including fatalities in Livingston, Kankakee and Peoria Counties. Illinois seven-day average for its case positivity rate is 2.3%.

Champaign County reported 18 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. The number of active cases in the county continues to decline, and was at 156 on Sunday, the lowest since late August. Twelve county residents are hospitalized with the virus. There were no new COVID-19-related deaths reported in the county, but Carle Health, which serves multiple counties, reported its 290th fatality. Carle Hospital in Urbana currently holds 26 COVID-19 patients, including five in Intensive Care.  The University of Illinois’ Urbana campus reported four new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

The number of Champaign County residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is now at 36,181, which is 20.9% of the vaccine-eligible population and 17.24% of the total population. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Champaign County Reports Two COVID-19 Related Deaths

March 6, 8:40 p.m. – Champaign County officials reported the deaths Saturday morning of two men in their 80s with COVID-19, bringing the number of coronavirus-related fatalities in the county to 131.

21 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Champaign County Saturday, with the number of active cases at 277, continuing a downward trend. 12 county residents are currently hospitalized with the virus. Champaign County’s seven-day average case count is at 28, the lowest average since the 23 listed last August 23. Carle Hospital in Urbana, which serves multiple counties, reported 27 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, five of them in Intensive Care.

The number of Champaign County residents vaccinated against COVID-19 is 35,246, which is 20.4% of the county’s vaccine-eligible population and 16.79% of its entire population.  

Illinois Public Health officials reported 2,565 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest number of daily cases since February 12. There were 50 additional deaths related to the virus. The state’s seven-day case positivity rate is 2.4%. More than 3.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois, including 134,239 on Friday, a new one-day record. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

More Infectious COVID-19 Variant Identified In Chicago

March 6, 11 a.m.  — Officials say the first case of the more infectious Brazil variant of COVID-19 in Illinois has been detected in a Chicago resident. City and state public health officials said Friday that Northwestern University researchers found the so-called P.1 variant in a test sample from a Chicago resident who came down with the disease. The infected person told contact tracers they hadn’t recently traveled outside Illinois. The P.1 strain was first found in Brazilian travelers who arrived in Tokyo in early January. It appeared in Minnesota later that month and has since been identified in several other states. – The Associated Press

Illinois Officials Announce Over 131,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered for Thursday

March 5, 2:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 131,882 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Thursday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 83,115 doses.

State officials also report 1,442 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 33 additional deaths. Currently, 1,166 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 263 patients were in the ICU and 121 of them were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Feb. 26 through March 4 was 2.2%. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

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Illinois Officials Announce Over 93,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered for Wednesday.

March 4, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 93,302 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Illinois on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 78,942 doses.

Officials also report 1,740 new cases of COVID-19 today, as well as 42 additional deaths. Currently, 1,200 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 260 of them are in the ICU and 128 of them are using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Feb. 25 through March 3 was 2.4%. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 15-Hundred New Cases Of COVID-19

March 2, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,577 new cases of COVID-19 out of 56,181 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 47 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 1,231 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 281 of them are in the ICU and 148 were suing ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Feb. 23 through March 1 was 2.4%. The state totals are now 1,189,416 cases, 20,583 deaths and 18,234,668 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 2,817,892 vaccines have been administered, with 324,827 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 80,416 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois COVID-19 Daily Cases Hit Eight-Month Low

March 1, 10:45 p.m. – State public health officials reported 1,143 new COVID-19 cases Monday, the lowest number of daily cases in Illinois since July. Officials also reported 20 COVID-related deaths. The state’s preliminary seven-day test positivity rate is at 2.4%.

Champaign County officials reported 27 new COVID-19 cases Monday. The seven-day average case count is at 37, the lowest number since the case count average of 31 on August 24. There are 330 known active cases of COVID-19 in Champaign County.

Carle Hospital in Urbana (which serves several counties) reported 29 COVID-19 cases on Monday, including five in Intensive Care.

As of Monday, 28.3% of eligible Champaign County residents have received their first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 16% have received their second dose.

Coles County reported seven new COVID-19 cases yesterday (Monday). Macon County reported six new COVID-19 cases yesterday (Monday) and 16 cases over the weekend.

The Macon County Health Department is holding a 2nd dose clinic for county residents receiving the Moderna vaccine, on Tuesday, March 2nd at the Richland community College campus’ National Sequestration Education Center (3357 N. Pres. Howard Brown Blvd.) near the wind turbines. Registration can be done online: https://bit.ly/3sArE8s or by calling (217) 718-6205.

The DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County Health Department reported three new COVID-19 cases in DeWitt County and 18 new cases in Piatt County, for the period of February 24-27. 14 of the Piatt County cases involved Monticello residents.

Administrator David Remmert reports continuing concern about a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, a problem that began with the winter storm of two weeks ago.

“We don’t currently have enough doses between our inventory and expected shipments to vaccinate even second dose patients,” said Remmert in a news release.

Because of the shortage, Remmert says no new appointments for vaccinations are being taken in DeWitt and Piatt counties at this time. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Logs 22 More COVID-19 Deaths And 1,249 New Cases

Feb. 28, 5:40 p.m. — Health officials say Illinois has reported 22 more COVID-19 deaths and 1,249 confirmed and probable cases. Overall, Illinois has reported nearly 1.2 million cases and roughly 20,500 deaths. The number of new cases has been dropping for weeks with a seven-day average test positivity rate of 2.7%. Meanwhile, the state has been ramping up vaccines with more than 2.7 million doses administered statewide. State officials have said the United Center in Chicago will serve as a new federal mass vaccination site slated to open March 10. – Associated Press

Illinois Officials Announce Over 24-Hundred New Cases of COVID-19

Feb. 26, 2 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,441 new cases of COVID-19 out of 92,256 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 55 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 1,393 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 336 of them are in the ICU and 174 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Feb. 19 through Feb. 25 was 2.5%. The state totals are now 1,183,667 cases, 20,460 deaths and 17,988,085 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 2,543,620 vaccines have been administered, with 307,382 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 68,988 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 1,000 New Cases of COVID-19

Feb. 25, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,884 new cases of COVID-19 out of 91,292 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 32 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 1,463 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 334 of them are in the ICU and 168 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Feb. 18 through Feb. 24 was 2.5%. The state totals are now 1,181,226 cases, 20,406 deaths and 17,865,829 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 2,440,950 vaccines have been administered, with 295,909 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 66,274 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 1,000 New Cases of COVID-19

Feb. 23, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,665 new cases of COVID-19 out of 61,400 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 27 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 1,488 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 361 of them are in the ICU and 172 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Feb. 16 through Feb. 22 was 2.8%. The state totals are now 1,177,320 cases, 20,330 deaths and 17,721,561 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 2,254,982 vaccines have been administered, with 291,269 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 55,917 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 2,000 New Cases of COVID-19

Feb. 19, 3:00 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,219 new cases of COVID-19 out of 85,963 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 63 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 1,596 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 366 of them are in the ICU and 190 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Feb. 12 through Feb. 18 was 2.8%. The state totals are now 1,170,902 cases, 20,192 deaths and 17,474,319 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 2,060,706 vaccines have been administered, with 271,142 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 59,460 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 1,000 New Cases of COVID-19

Feb. 18, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,966 new cases of COVID-19 out of 67,542 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 72 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 1,655 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 386 of them are in the ICU and 184 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Feb. 11 through Feb. 17 was 2.7%. The state totals are now 1,168,683 cases, 20,129 deaths and 17,388,356 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 1,977,033 vaccines have been administered, with 266,037 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 61,132 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

COVID-19 Claims University of Illinois Official

Greg Gulick, Deputy CIO and Executive Dir. of Technology Services Operations, UIUC UI Public Affairs: L. Brian Stau

Feb. 17, 6:10 p.m. – The University of Illinois announced Wednesday that COVID-19 claimed the life of Greg Gulick, the interim chief information officer for the Urbana campus. Gulick joined the U of I’s Technology Services department in 2003. He oversaw the university’s I-T infrastructure which included shifting the Urbana campus to remote work and classrooms after the pandemic began last year. Funeral services for Greg Gulick are pending. – Reginald Hardwick, Illinois Newsroom

Information On Rescheduling Your COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will continue to offer COVID-19 vaccinations during the week of Feb. 15, however, if you are unable to attend your appointment due to inclement weather, you may reschedule.

To reschedule your appointment at the Rantoul Youth Center, visit here, call (217) 892-6844 or send an email to vaccination@myrantoul.com.

To reschedule your appointment at the former Dress Barn in the Kohl’s Plaza at Marketplace Shopping Center, call (217) 902-6100.

To reschedule your appointment at the Champaign Urbana Public Health District, call (217) 531-4538 or email coronavirus@c-uphd.org. If you registered online, visit here. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 1,000 New Cases of COVID-19

Feb. 16, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,348 new cases of COVID-19 out of 46,630 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 32 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 1,726 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 385 of them are in the ICU and 179 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Feb. 9 through Feb. 15 was 2.8%. The state totals are now 1,164,922 cases, 20,034 deaths and 17,270,877 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 1,863,562 vaccines have been administered, with 251,373 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 63,772 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

More than 1,400 New COVID-19 Cases In State For Presidents’ Day

Feb. 15, 11:40 p.m. – Illinois reported 1,420 new COVID-19 deaths Monday and 41 additional deaths. The seven-day case positivity rate is at 2.9%.

39,863 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered across the state on Sunday, more than double the amount administered a week ago.

In Champaign County, 23.7% of eligible residents have received at least their first vaccine dose, while 6.8% have received both doses.

Champaign County reported 54 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, and 719 active cases. 17 county residents are hospitalized with the coronavirus.  Carle Hospital in Urbana, which serves several counties, reported 40 people hospitalized with COVID-19 — seven of them in Intensive Care.

Macon County reported 21 new COVID-19 cases over the last three days — including six new cases on Monday.

Coles County reported four new COVID-19 cases on Monday. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Four More Dead From COVID-19 In Champaign County

Feb 14, 6:05 p.m. – The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported four more deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, in addition to the three deaths reported on Saturday. A total of 123 people have died from the virus in Champaign County. County health officials also reported 36 new cases of the virus on Sunday for a total of 772 active cases. Seventeen people from Champaign County are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. The county’s seven-day positivity rate is 3.9%, excluding testing data from the University of Illinois. 

Thirty-two people are hospitalized with COVID-19 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana  — which serves patients from multiple counties — including 7 in the ICU as of Sunday. That’s down significantly from this time last week when 56 people were hospitalized with the virus. 

The University of Illinois reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. The U of I’s seven-day positivity rate is now 0.50% — up from 0.45% this time last week. 

The Coles County Health Department reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. Seven people from Coles County are currently hospitalized with the virus, and the county’s death toll stands at 89.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,631 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois on Sunday — the lowest daily total since early October — and 35 additional deaths from the virus. The total number of deaths statewide is now 19,961. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases is 3%.

Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Health Departments Will Receive More Second Doses, Fewer First Doses Of Vaccine In Coming Weeks

Feb. 14, 5:50 p.m. – Health departments across the state of Illinois will begin receiving a larger share of second doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week to accommodate a greater number of second shots coming due. That means health departments will receive a smaller share of first doses for the next several weeks.

The Illinois Department of Public Health expects to start sending out a larger number of first doses come March. Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require a second dose to be up to 95% effective – and they need to be administered three weeks after the first shot for the Moderna vaccine, and four weeks from the first injection for the Pfizer vaccine.

As of Saturday night, 1,783,345 vaccines have been administered statewide, including about 245,000 (244,699) in long-term care facilities. The state’s seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 62,927 — the highest average to date.

In Champaign County, about 23% — or 39,888 individuals — of the vaccine-eligible population have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. And 6.7% — or 11,511 people — have been fully vaccinated. 

The Coles County Health Department said Sunday that they would be administering second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week. The health department says it will announce via social media when first doses are available. – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom

More Than 1.7 Million Vaccine Doses Administered In Illinois

Feb. 13, 1:45 p.m. – As of midnight Friday, 1,724,187 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered statewide, including 238,075 doses at long-term facilities. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced the highest 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily to date: 61,384.

IDPH also reported 2,092 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and 53 additional deaths from the virus. Deaths reported by IDPH Saturday include five people from Champaign County, including one woman in her 30s, a woman in her 50s, one man in his 70s, a man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s. 

A total of 19,926 people have died from the illness statewide since the beginning of the pandemic. State health officials also reported a seven day positivity rate of 2.9% — down from 3.4% this time last week. 

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported three more deaths from the virus Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 119. County health officials also reported 139 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the total number of active cases county-wide to 867. Eighteen people from Champaign County are currently hospitalized with the virus. The county’s seven day positivity rate, excluding data from the University of Illinois, is now 4%.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, which serves patients from multiple counties, has declined significantly; 34 people were reported hospitalized on Saturday compared to 48 this time last week.

The University of Illinois reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

In Champaign County, about 22% — 38,496 — of vaccine-eligible people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and about 6% — 10,695 —  are fully vaccinated. – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom.

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District To Host Vaccination Clinics The Week Of Feb. 15

Feb. 12, 3:00 p.m. – The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will be hosting community based COVID-19 vaccination clinics during the week of February 15 for anyone that lives in Champaign County and falls under Phases 1A and 1B, and for anyone between the ages of 40 to 64 that have underlying health conditions or disabilities.

The CUPHD considers cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, a heart condition, obesity, pregnancy, pulmonary disease and sickle cell disease as underlying health conditions.

An immunocompromised state from a solid organ transplant and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are also considered underlying health conditions.

Vaccination clinics will be available at the Rantoul Youth Center and the former Dress Barn in the Kohl’s Plaza at the Marketplace Shopping Center.

To schedule an appointment at the Rantoul Youth Center, call (217) 892-6844 or visit here. To schedule an appointment at the former Dress Barn, call (217) 902-6100 or visit here starting Feb. 15.

If you feel sick prior to your appointment, you may call to cancel or reschedule. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 17 Million Total Tests Conducted

Feb. 12, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,598 new cases of COVID-19 out of 103,009 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 32 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 1,915 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 437 of them are in the ICU and 211 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Feb. 5 through Feb. 11 was 3.1%. The state totals are now 1,158,431 cases, 19,873 deaths and 17,021,919 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 1,644,483 vaccines have been administered, with 231,814 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 59,009 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 2,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

Feb. 11, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,838 new cases of COVID-19 out of 96,525 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 102 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 1,954 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 448 of them are in the ICU and 227 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Feb. 4 through Feb. 10 was 3.3%. The state totals are now 1,155,833 cases, 19,841 deaths and 16,918,910 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 1,549,108 vaccines have been administered, with 226,974 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 56,094 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois To Allow COVID Vaccine For Pre-existing Conditions

Feb. 10, 5:20 p.m. — Illinois residents under 65 years old with pre-existing medical conditions will be eligible to receive vaccination to protect them against COVID-19. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday expansion of the Phase 1B distribution plan on Feb. 25 will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for vaccinating pregnant women and people with diabetes, heart disease, cancer or sickle cell disease and other conditions. The expansion includes people 16 and older who weren’t previously eligible under other categories. Health officials say the expansion is possible due to increased federal vaccine shipments to the state. – Associated Press

Illinois Officials Announce Over 2,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

Feb. 9, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,082 new cases of COVID-19 out of 55,705 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 20 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 2,117 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 497 of them are in the ICU and 240 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Feb. 2 through Feb. 8 was 3.3%. The state totals are now 1,150,170 cases, 19,686 deaths and 16,739,500 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 1,417,156 vaccines have been administered, with 216,522 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 55,455 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois COVID-19 Cases Remain Low On Monday

Feb 9, 1:24 a.m. – State officials reported another four-month low in daily COVID-19 cases on Monday, with 1,747 new cases. That’s the lowest number of new cases reported since October 6th.  The state’s seven-day case positivity rate is at 3.3%. 35 COVID-related deaths were reported in Illinois Monday — the fifth lowest daily number of deaths since the year began.

The number of vaccines administered in Illinois to date is 1,638,125. The number of eligible Champaign County residents who have received their first dose of vaccines is growing by about a percentage point a day. As of Monday, 19.4% had received their first dose, and 4.6% had received both doses.

Champaign County reported 101 new COVID-19 cases Monday. There are 710 active cases in the county, up by 101 from last Monday.

Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, which serves several counties, reported 54 COVID-19 patients for the second day in a row, including eight in the ICU.

The Vermilion County Health Department 100 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, as of Monday. There are 311 active cases in the county, with 16 of them hospitalized.

Macon County reported 18 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, and 15 new cases on each of the previous two days, Saturday and Sunday, February 6-7.

Ford County reported eight new COVID-19 cases Monday, while Coles County reported just one new case. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Reports Lowest Daily COVID-19 Numbers Since October

Feb. 7, 9:30 p.m. – 2,060 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Illinois on Sunday by the state Department of Public Health, the lowest number reported in four months. The low positive case numbers came on a day when the number of tests performed was also down compared to the last four days, at 81,550. But IDPH has reported even lower levels of testing on several days in the past two weeks.

The low number of positive tests came with 48 additional deaths related to the coronavirus. COVID-19-related fatalities were reported in Champaign, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties. The seven-day statewide positivity rates were reported as 3.4% for cases and 4.1% for tests.

A total of 1,342,857 vaccines had been administered in Illinois as of Saturday night. In Champaign County, 18.8% of the eligible population has received their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 4.3% have received both doses.

Champaign County reported 72 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with 673 active cases. 24 county residents are currently hospitalized with the coronavirus. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths remains unchanged at 112.

Carle Hospital in Urbana, which serves multiple counties, has 54 COVID-19 patients, nine of them in intensive care.

The University of Illinois Urbana campus reported 56 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, Feb. 5.  The campus has reported 545 new cases since the start of the spring semester on Jan. 18.

Coles County reported 16 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, with 179 patients recovering at home and four hospitalized. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom.

Macon County Schedules Clinic For 2nd Moderna Vaccine Dose

Feb. 6, 2:15 p.m. – Macon County residents awaiting their 2nd dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may receive it at a vaccine clinic set for Tuesday, February 9. The by-appointment clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Richland Community College’s National Sequestration Education Center (3357 N. Pres. Howard Brown Blvd., near the wind turbines). Those who have not already registered online may do so by calling (217) 718-6205, weekdays between 9 and 3. This clinic is ONLY for Macon County residents eligible for the 2nd Moderna vaccine dose. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Reports 3,000+ New COVID Cases, Sets New 1-Day Vaccination Record

Feb. 6, 1:55 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,062 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, along with 60 additional deaths. The deaths included two fatalities in Edgar County, and one each in Livingston, Macon and Moultrie Counties. As of Friday night, 2,271 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 in Illinois, with 485 in Intensive Care and 246 on ventilators. Preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rates are 3.4% for cases and 4.2% for tests.

Illinois set a new one-day vaccination record on Friday, with a total of 63,080 doses administered (compared to a seven-day rolling average of 49,909 doses administered daily). In Champaign County, 17.7% of the vaccine-eligible population have received the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 4% have received both doses.

79 new COVID-19 cases were reported Saturday in Champaign County, with a total of 669 active cases. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reports 24 county residents are currently hospitalized and the number of COVID-19 deaths is unchanged since last Tuesday, at 112. The Carle Health system, which covers multiple counties, reported three additional COVID-19-related deaths, for a total of 262. Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana reported 48 patients hospitalized with the coronavirus (the lowest number in several weeks) and 12 patients in Intensive Care.

Coles County reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The Coles County Health Department reports 163 active cases currently recovering at home, while five are hospitalized.

The DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department reported four new COVID-19 cases in DeWitt County on Wednesday and Thursday, all originating in Clinton. For Piatt County, 15 new cases were reported on those days. There were no additional deaths reported. Total numbers reported are 1,254  cases and 22 deaths for DeWitt County and 1,316 cases and 13 deaths for Piatt County.

The Vermilion County Health Department did not release an update on Saturday.

– Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom, (updated 7:40 p.m.)

Champaign County To Expand COVID-19 Vaccination Locations

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will be hosting community-wide COVID-19 vaccination clinics during the week of February 8 to all eligible Champaign County residents.

Residents in Phases 1-A and 1-B who have not received their first vaccine dose are eligible to sign up. Vaccinations will be offered at the Rantoul Youth Center or the former Dress Barn in the Kohl’s Plaza at Marketplace Mall.

To register for a vaccination at the Rantoul Youth Center, you can call 217-892-6844 or visit here. To register at the Dress Barn location, call 217-902-6100 or visit here.

Appointments are available at a first come first serve basis. If you do not feel well prior to your appointment, you can call to reschedule. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 3,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

Feb. 5, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,660 new cases of COVID-19 out of 105,085 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 83 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 2,318 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 491 of them are in the ICU and 254 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 29 through Feb. 4 was 3.3%. The state totals are now 1,141,219 cases, 19,526 deaths and 16,464,740 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 1,231,418 vaccines have been administered, with 188,351 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 49,082 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 3,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

Feb. 4, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,328 new cases of COVID-19 out of 101,307 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 69 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 2,341 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 513 of them are in the ICU and 265 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 28 through Feb. 3 was 3.4%. The state totals are now 1,137,559 cases, 19,444 deaths and 16,359,655 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 1,156,453 vaccines have been administered, with 178,848 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 46,709 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Vaccines Diverted From Long-Term Care Program, Restrictions Loosened In Two More Regions

Feb. 3, 4:35 p.m. –  Illinois state officials are redirecting approximately 97,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from a federal program for nursing homes that’s been criticized for moving too slowly. The vaccines from the federal Pharmacy Partnership Program will be added to the supply used to inoculate Illinoisans who are 65 and older, or front-line essential workers. At the same time, the state is sending teams of nurses and other healthcare staff to long-term care facilities to help with vaccinations.

Meanwhile, 3,314 new COVID-19 cases and 60 additional deaths were reported in Illinois Wednesday by the state Department of Public Health. The deaths included cases in Champaign, Macon and Vermilion Counties. Statewide seven-day positivity rates remain below five percent: 3.5% for tests and 4.4% for cases. Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Public Health said that Regions 8 and 9, covering four suburban Chicago counties, have been moved to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, allowing for a loosening of coronavirus restrictions. The only region still under the tighter Tier 2 restrictions is Region 4, which covers the Metro East suburbs of St. Louis.

Champaign County reported 133 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 16,604. The number of active cases stands at 636, with 29 patients hospitalized. There were no new COVID-19-related deaths reported in Champaign County. But the Carle Health system, which serves several counties, reported one additional death, its 258th.  Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana currently has 58 COVID-19 patients, ten of them in Intensive Care.

Coles County reported 11 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The Coles County Health Department says its active cases include seven patients who are hospitalized and 157 others who are recovering at home.

Macon County reported 29 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, and its 173rd death related to the virus, a man in his 80s. Coles County reported 11 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. Ford County announced seven new cases. Vermilion County did not issue a report on Wednesday. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom (updated 11:20 p.m.)

Illinois Officials Announce Over 2,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

Feb. 2, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 2,304 new cases of COVID-19 out of 60,899 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 47 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 2,447 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 533 of them are in the ICU and 265 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 26 through Feb. 1 was 3.9%. The state totals are now 1,130,917 cases, 19,306 deaths and 16,161,454 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 1,028,969 vaccines have been administered, with 163,592 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 44,139 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Expected To Top 1M COVID-19 Vaccinations

Feb. 1, 4:14 p.m. — Illinois public health officials said they expected COVID-19 vaccinations to top 1 million by the end of Monday, even as the state struggles to get more doses and fends off criticism it is moving too slowly. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported that it has received more than 1.8 million doses of the vaccine designed to prevent coronavirus illness. As of midday Monday, 996,410 people had received the first of two required shots. There were 2,312 newly confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 Monday, with 16 additional deaths. There have been 19,259 deaths from the illness out of 1,128,613 infections. – Associated Press

Illinois Logs 2,428 More COVID-19 Cases And 40 Deaths

Jan. 31, 3:39 p.m.  — Illinois has logged 2,428 new confirmed and probable infections of COVID-19 and 40 additional deaths. The Illinois Department of Public Health says Illinois has reported more than 1.1 million cases since the start of the pandemic. Nearly 19,250 people have died. State officials announced that Chicago can further loosen restrictions that have been in place, but Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says limits on indoor dining remain. Chicago allowed indoor dining in January for the first time since October. – Associated Press

Illinois Officials Announce Over 4,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

Jan. 29, 1:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 4,156 new cases of COVID-19 out of 111,057 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 71 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 2,735 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 532 of them are in the ICU and 297 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 22 through Jan. 28 was 4.3%. The state totals are now 1,120,528 cases, 19,138 deaths and 15,844,619 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 887,845 vaccines have been administered, with 131,401 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 38,738 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 4,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

Jan. 28, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 4,191 new cases of COVID-19 out of 100,119 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 103 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 2,802 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 567 of them are in the ICU and 292 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 21 through Jan. 27 was 4.3%. The state totals are now 1,116,372 cases, 19,067 deaths and 15,733,562 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 829,488 vaccines have been administered, with 131,284 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 36,728 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Officials Announce Over 3,000 New Cases Of COVID-19

Jan. 26, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,667 new cases of COVID-19 out of 69,285 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 87 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,001 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 608 of them are in the ICU and 320 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 19 through Jan. 25 was 4.6%. The state totals are now 1,108,430 cases, 18,883 deaths and 15,553,319 tests conducted.

Illinois officials report a total of 719,995 vaccines have been administered, with 110,403 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 30,180 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom

8 New Cases Of COVID-19 U.K. Variant Found In Chicago Area

Jan. 25, 7:20 p.m. — Illinois and Chicago health officials announced Monday that they have identified eight additional cases in the state of the COVID-19 variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom. The cases involved eight patients aged from 12 to 63 years old, who all live in Chicago or surrounding Cook County. They join the first COVID-19 variant case discovered in Illinois, who also lives in Chicago. Test specimens collected between December 29 and January 15 were tested for the variant using genomic sequencing. Illinois Dept. of Public Health Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike says, that while the U.K. variant appears to spread more easily than the prevailing form of COVID-19, it appears available vaccines will still be effective against it.  “We are following closely to see if there is evidence that infections by this variant cause more severe disease or death,” said Ezike in a news release. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

Chicago Mayor Gets Vaccine As State Loosens Virus Rules

Jan. 25, 3:30 p.m. — Illinois has started its newest vaccination phase covering essential workers and residents ages 65 and older. Public health officials touted online appointment signups and efforts to address racial inequity Monday for a phase that includes roughly 3.2 million people. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city will focus outreach on 15 largely Black and Latino neighborhoods after early data showed racial disparities among those who have received vaccines so far. Lightfoot received her first dose Monday at a hospital on the city’s South Side alongside other Black leaders who said it is important to demonstrate that the vaccine is safe. – Associated Press

Illinois COVID-19 Positivity Rates Remain Low

Jan. 25, 2:45 p.m. — State Public Health officials reported 2,944 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois Monday. The number represents a steady decline in daily cases in Illinois from a January 8 peak of 9,203 cases. IDPH reported 49 additional deaths related to COVID-19 in the state. Those included fatalities in Coles, Macoupin and McLean Counties. Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate continues to decline, standing on Monday at 4.7% for cases and 5.8% for tests.

83 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Champaign County Monday, with no additional deaths. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reports 651 active cases in the county, the second day of decreases since Saturday’s report of 722.

Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, which serves multiple counties, reports 69 patients with COVID-19, ten of them in Intensive Care. 

Coles County reported 12 COVID-19 cases Monday and its 83rd death from the virus. Macon County reported 25 COVID-19 cases, and Ford County announced six new cases.

Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. We recommend checking the Coronavirus Information Center for the most recent numbers and guidance.

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