Illinois Logs Another 3,292 COVID-19 Cases And 40 Deaths
Jan. 24, 3:44 p.m. — Illinois has logged another 3,292 probable and confirmed COVID-19 infections and 40 deaths. The state’s Department of Public Health reported Sunday that the seven-day test positivity for Illinois has dropped to 6% . Overall, Illinois has reported more than 1.1 million cases and 18,750 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Health officials have allowed restaurants and certain bars across Chicago and suburban Cook County to open their doors to customers for the first time since late October. – Associated Press
Illinois Officials Announce Over 7,000 New Cases Of COVID-19
Jan. 22, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 7,042 new cases of COVID-19 out of 125,831 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 95 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,179 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 661 of them are in the ICU and 348 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 15 through Jan. 21 was 5.0%. The state totals are now 1,093,375 cases, 18,615 deaths and 15,209,516 tests conducted.
Illinois officials report a total of 616,667 vaccines have been administered, with 93,683 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 24,190 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom
Age 65+ Now Vaccine Eligible In Champaign County
Jan. 21, 3:32 p.m. – Today, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced they are opening up vaccination clinics to residents 65 years or older. Previously, only residents 75 and older — or 65 and older with underlying conditions — were eligible. Registration for the vaccine can be found here and appointments begin this coming Tuesday.
Champaign health officials also announced 73 new COVID-19 cases today and two additional deaths. A total of 104 county residents have died of the virus since the start of the pandemic.
At Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, which serves the broader region 67 patients are battling the virus, with 12 in the ICU.
So far, about 7% of the county’s vaccine-eligible population has received one dose, and about 1% has been fully vaccinated.
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced today that Region 6, which includes Champaign County, is moving to Phase 4 due to its lowering positivity rate and sufficient ICU capacity. The change means increased capacity limits for indoor dining and social gatherings, which can now be up to 50 people. Businesses deemed non-essential can also reopen with proper health protocols in place.
The state health department also announced 4,979 additional COVID-19 cases and 123 deaths. The state’s seven-day case positivity rate is 5.4%. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom
Illinois Officials Announce Over 4,000 New Cases Of COVID-19
Jan. 20, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 4,822 new cases of COVID-19 out of 86,121 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 107 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,284 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 722 of them are in the ICU and 379 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 13 through Jan. 19 was 5.5%. The state totals are now 1,081,354 cases, 18,398 deaths and 14,984,649 tests conducted.
Illinois officials report a total of 537,740 vaccines have been administered, with 86,180 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 21,869 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom
Illinois Officials Announce Over 3,000 New Cases Of COVID-19
Jan. 18, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 3,385 new cases of COVID-19 out of 63,002 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 50 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,345 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 705 of them are in the ICU and 392 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 11 through Jan. 17 was 5.9%. The state totals are now 1,072,214 cases, 18,258 deaths and 14,826,995 tests conducted.
Illinois officials report a total of 495,563 vaccines have been administered, with 66,679 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 22,856 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom
Southern Illinois Counties Moved To Tier 1, Allowing Indoor Dining
Jan. 16, 8:05 p.m. – Limited indoor dining will now be allowed in 20 southern Illinois counties. The Illinois Department of Public Health says the state’s Region 5, which includes those counties, has met the metrics to move from Tier 2 to Tier 1 in Illinois’ list of COVID-19 mitigations.
Tier 1 also allows small meetings and social gatherings, such as weddings, funerals and potlucks, and organized recreational activities such as sporting events and workouts at fitness centers.
To reach Tier 1, Region 5 had to meet certain metrics, including a seven-day coronavirus test positivity rate before 8% for three days in a row; 20% or better available staffed hospitals beds; and no sustained increase in COVID-19 hospitalization numbers for seven out of ten days.
IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a news release that she was excited to see southern Illinois move into Tier 1. But she cautioned state residents not to abandon precautions set up to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
“We must continue to watch our distance and wear our masks and get vaccinated when it we become eligible,” said Ezike.
In addition to Region 5’s move to Tier 1 mitigations, Regions 1 and 2 in northwestern Illinois were moved to Tier 2, as the Pritzker administration ended a freeze at the Tier 3 level. Other regions, include Region 6 in eastern Illinois, remain at Tier 3. However, some restaurants in Tier 3 have defied state rules, and opened their dining rooms to customers. And the Macon County Board voted Thursday to allow indoor dining with restrictions, despite the state rule against it in Region 6. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom
State COVID-19 Positivity Rates Continue Their Fall
Jan. 16, 2:05 p.m. – IDPH reported 5,343 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois on Saturday, and 130 additional deaths. Those include deaths reported in Champaign, Coles, DeWitt, Iroquois, Macon and Vermilion Counties.
Preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rates for Illinois are at 6.3% by cases, and 7.5% by tests. That continues a steady drop in positivity rates in the state, from 8.5% by cases and 9.8% by tests on January 7, the day that total cases in Illinois passed the one million mark.
As of Saturday, IDPH reported 471,147 COVID-19 vaccines administered in Illinois.
Champaign County reported one additional death related to COVID-19 on Saturday, for a total of 96 fatalities since the pandemic began. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District announced 65 new COVID-19 cases, and 808 active cases.
Carle Hospital in Urbana, which serves multiple counties, reported 69 patients with COVID-19 on Saturday, 17 of them in Intensive Care.
The University of Illinois Urbana campus reported 16 positive cases on Friday, out of 5,833 tests conducted. The campus’ seven-day positivity rate is at 0.29%, its lowest point since December 26.
Vermillion County reported 17 new COVID-19 cases and one death, the county’s 87th. Coles County reported 16 new COVID-19 cases. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom (updated 8:18 p.m. 1/16/21)
First Case Of COVID-19 Variant Identified In Illinois
Jan. 15, 6:27 p.m. – The first case of the COVID-19 variant first seen in the United Kingdom has been identified in Illinois. State health officials warn the variant spreads more easily than earlier strains. However, they say it’s not more deadly and vaccines will still protect against it.
The Governor’s office predicts most healthcare workers will be vaccinated by next week, and the entire state will move into phase 1B on January 25th, a week from Monday. That phase includes vaccinations for frontline essential workers including teachers and agricultural workers.
An additional 6,642 COVID-19 cases were announced today across Illinois, including 123 deaths. The seven-day average case positivity rate is 6.5%.
Champaign County health officials announced 118 new coronavirus cases and an additional two deaths. The total death toll in the county is now 95. There are 837 active cases and 33 county residents are hospitalized with the virus.
The county also announced plans to increase vaccine eligibility to those aged 65 to 74 with underlying health conditions starting this coming Tuesday.
At Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, which also serves nearby counties, there are 75 people sick with the virus. 16 of them are in the ICU. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom