Illinois Officials: Over 18,000 People Have Died Due To COVID-19
Jan. 15, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 6,642 new cases of COVID-19 out of 107,156 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 123 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,446 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 712 of them are in the ICU and 386 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 8 through Jan. 14 was 6.5%. The state totals are now 1,059,324 cases, 18,049 deaths and 14,564,776 tests conducted.
Illinois officials report a total of 447,348 vaccines have been administered, with 56,624 doses meant for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of daily administered vaccines is 27,125 doses. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom
Macon County Announces COVID-19 Vaccinations Under Phase 1B
Jan. 14, 12:25 p.m. – UPDATE – The Macon County Health Department says all appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations are taken. The department will make an announcement when more appointments are available. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom
Jan 13, 6:05 p.m. – The Macon County Health Department says it’s gotten an overwhelming response to its announcement that it was making appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations as it moves to Phase 1B next week. Health department officials caution that the vaccines will be administered over the next several months. The vaccinations are open to anyone 65 and older, and those who work in education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections, public transit, shelters, the Postal Service and food stores. Macon County residents seeking an appointment should call the Macon County Health Department at 217-423-6988 ex. 1312, and bring an insurance card, work ID badge or current paystub and a completed consent form to the vaccination. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom
COVID-19 Related Deaths Reported In Champaign, Macon Counties
Jan 13, 5:45 p.m. – Public health officials reported Champaign County’s 93rd death related to COVID-19 Wednesday. The victim was a man in his 60’s.The number of active cases is at 867.
Carle Hospital in Urbana, which treats patients from several counties, currently has 92 patients with the virus — 18 in Intensive Care.
As of Wednesday, 7,720 Champaign County residents — or 4.5% of those eligible — had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Macon County announced the death of a man in his 80s, the 164th fatality in the county related to COVID-19. Macon County reports 40 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. There are 1,427 active cases in the county, 23 of them hospitalized.
Coles County reported 21 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The county health department reports 270 active cases and seven people hospitalized.
Moultrie County reported five new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. Ford County reported two new cases. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom
Illinois Officials Announce Over 5,000 New Cases Of COVID-19
Jan. 13, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 5,862 new cases of COVID-19 out of 76,107 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 97 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,642 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 749 of them are in the ICU and 386 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 6 through Jan. 12 was 7.3%. The state totals are now 1,046,030 cases, 17,840 deaths and 14,339,584 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom
Illinois Officials Announce Over 4,000 New Cases Of COVID-19
Jan. 11, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 4,776 new cases of COVID-19 out of 66,697 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 53 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,540 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 759 of them are in the ICU and 401 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 4 through Jan. 10 was 7.6%. The state totals are now 1,033,526 cases, 17,627 deaths and 14,169,986 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom
Illinois Health Officials Announce 4,700 New Cases, Declining Positivity Rate
Jan. 10, 3:45 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,711 new cases of COVID-19 and 81 additional deaths from the virus on Sunday. A total of 17,574 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois since the pandemic began. As of Saturday night, 3,527 in Illinois were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 740 patients in the ICU and 391 patients on ventilators. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate for cases is 7.9% — compared to 8.6% this time last week.
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. There are currently 821 active cases of the virus county-wide, including 23 people who are hospitalized. The death toll from COVID-19 in Champaign County stands at 92. There are currently 67 people hospitalized with the virus at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, which serves patients from multiple counties, including 15 people in the ICU. The number of initial doses of vaccines administered in Champaign County have increased slightly over the last week to 6,523.
The Coles County Health Department reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. Ten people from Coles County are currently hospitalized with the virus, and 74 have died. The department says it’s vaccinating hospital and non-hospital healthcare workers. – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom
Illinois Health Officials Announce More Than 6,700 New Cases of COVID-19
Jan. 9, 4:00 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,717 new cases of COVID-19 and 101 additional deaths from the virus on Saturday. There are now more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 reported statewide since the pandemic began. The total death count is now 17,494.
As of Friday night, 3,589 people in Illinois were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 742 patients in the ICU and 393 people on ventilators. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases is 8.3%
The DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department reported 11 new cases of the virus between Wednesday and Thursday in DeWitt County, and 22 new cases in Piatt County over the same time period. Health officials say they’ve seen a significant increase in cases in the area, and that both counties have returned to the state’s warning list for COVID-19.
Health officials at the DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department also say they’ve fielded numerous calls and emails regarding vaccinations. They say they plan to continue vaccinating frontline healthcare workers until additional doses are released likely within the next several weeks. The department says they are accepting names of people to be places on the next priority list, 1b populations, which include residents age 65 and over, as well as frontline workers, including first responders, educators, food and agriculture, postal service workers, grocery store employees, as well as staff at daycares and shelters.
Champaign County health officials reported 126 new cases of the virus on Saturday. The death toll county-wide stands at 92. There are 861 active cases, including 26 people who are hospitalized with the virus. The seven day rolling positivity rate in Champaign County, excluding testing conducted at the University of Illinois, is 7.2%. – Lee Gaines, Illinois Newsroom
Champaign County Plans Vaccination Clinics; Vermilion County Reports 81st COVID-19 Death
Jan. 8, 7:55 p.m. – Champaign County reported 192 new COVID-18 case on Friday. The number of active cases is at 869, up by 101 from Thursday. Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, which sees patients from multiple counties, reported 66 COVID-19 patients, unchanged from the day before, and nine in the ICU.
Champaign County public health officials announced their first COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public, aged 75+. Vaccination clinics will be held at two sites in Champaign on January 12-14, with more clinics to be held as the county receives more vaccines. Read more about the vaccine clinics HERE.
Vermilion County reported its 81st COVID-19-related death on Friday, a woman in her 80s. 83 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the county on Friday, with 639 active cases.
Macon County reported 66 new COVID-19 cases Friday, putting the total number of confirmed cases at 8,445. The number of active cases is 1,417, including 17 hospitalizations.
Coles County reported 37 new COVID-19 cases Friday, with a total of 288 active cases and nine hospitalizations.
Ford and Moultrie Counties reported six new COVID-19 cases each, and Douglas County reported ten new cases. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom
Illinois Officials Announce Over 9,000 New Cases Of COVID-19
Jan. 8, 1:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 9,277 new cases of COVID-19 out of 118,665 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 126 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,777 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. Of those patients, 780 of them are in the ICU and 422 were using ventilators. The average seven-day positivity rate from Jan. 1 through Jan. 7 was 8.5%. The state totals are now 1,017,322 cases, 17,395 deaths and 13,922,611 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom
Illinois Records Its One Millionth COVID-19 Case
Jan. 7, 6:06 p.m. – Today, the state of Illinois recorded its one millionth case of COVID-19. 17,272 Illinoisans have now died from the virus. With 8,757 additional cases and 177 additional deaths, the state now has a seven-day average positivity rate of 8.5% – up from 7.6% a week ago.
Champaign County health officials announced two additional deaths due to the virus today, bringing the total death toll to 92. The county also saw an increase of 122 COVID-19 cases, the most it’s seen so far in the new year. There are 768 active cases within the county and 23 residents are hospitalized.
A little over 6 thousand initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed. That number is up only slightly from yesterday.
Carle Hospital in Urbana, which serves a broader region, is currently treating 66 COVID patients. 14 of them are in the ICU.
Coles County health officials announced 21 additional coronavirus cases today. They’re also encouraging residents to attend a COVID-19 testing event on Tuesday, January 12th hosted at Eastern Illinois University from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
DeWitt and Piatt County health officials gave an update on their totals today. As of Tuesday, DeWitt County has seen 1,028 cases and 19 deaths. Piatt County has seen 1,137 cases and 9 deaths. – Dana Cronin, Illinois Newsroom
Illinoisans Age 65 Plus To Have Access To COVID Vaccines
Jan. 6, 1:57 p.m. — Illinois will make COVID-19 vaccinations available to residents age 65 and older in the next inoculation phase. Gov. J.B. Pritzker gave the update Wednesday as Illinois neared 1 million infections. The age is lower than a government advisory panel’s recommendation of 75. Pritzker says it was lowered to make the process more equitable, citing data showing elderly Black and Latino residents die younger from COVID-19. Currently, workers in health care and long-term facilities are eligible, representing roughly 850,000 people. The next phase, expected to begin in weeks, includes elderly residents and essential workers. Roughly 3.2 million people will be eligible in that phase. – Associated Press
Illinois Surpasses 17,000 Deaths From COVID-19
Jan. 6, 12:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 7,569 new cases of COVID-19 out of 80,974 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 139 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,928 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Dec. 30 through Jan. 4 was 8.4%. The state totals are now 999,288 cases, 17,096 deaths and 13,698,428 tests conducted. – Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom
Illinois Officials Announce Over 6,000 New Cases of COVID-19
Jan. 5, 6:15 p.m. – The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 6,839 new cases of COVID-19 out of 87,083 new tests conducted in the past 24 hours. Additionally, 126 new deaths were confirmed. Currently, 3,905 people are in hospitals being treated for COVID-19. The average seven-day positivity rate from Dec. 29 through Jan. 4 was 8.5% — compared to 7.2% this time last week. The state totals are now 991,719 cases, 16,959 deaths and 13,617,454 tests conducted.
Two more people have died from COVID-19 in Champaign County — bringing the county’s total fatalities to 90. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District also reported a spike in hospitalizations Tuesday — 19 people from the county are now in the hospital with COVID-19. That’s up by 10 since yesterday and the highest it’s been since mid-December. County health officials also reported 55 new cases of the virus Tuesday.
Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, which serves several counties, reports 64 COVID-19 patients Tuesday, and 12 of those patients are in the ICU.
As of Tuesday, Champaign County has administered about 6,000 initial doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. That represents about 3 and a half percent of the county’s total vaccine-eligible population.
Coles County health officials reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The county’s seven-day rolling positivity rate is 9.1%. – Lee Gaines and Jose Zepeda, Illinois Newsroom
Illinois Reports More Than 5,000 New COVID-19 Cases As Positivity Rates Rise
Jan. 4, 3:12 p.m. – Illinois reported 5,039 new cases of COVID-19 (both confirmed and probable) on Monday. The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported 79 deaths related to the coronavirus, including fatalities in Piatt and Macoupin Counties. The states’ preliminary seven-day statewide case positivity rate is at 8.6%, while the test positivity rate is 9.8%. Both numbers continue an increase in the positivity rate since Christmas weekend. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom
32 New Cases In Champaign Co, 33 Cases + 1 Death In Coles Co.
Jan. 4, 8:10 p.m. – Champaign County reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. There are 639 active cases in the county, down by 42 from Sunday. There were no additional deaths related to COVID-19 reported Monday, which keeps the total number unchanged at 88. The number of hospitalized Champaign County patients with COVID-19 remains at nine. Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, which serves a broader region, currently reports 66 patients with COVID-19, the highest number since December 17. Ten patients are in Carle’s ICU.
In Coles County, public health officials reported the county’s 74th death related to COVID-19. Coles County reported 33 new cases, for a total of 4,526 cases, 251 of them active and eleven currently hospitalized.
Macon County reported 49 new COVID-19 cases over the last two days: 27 on Sunday and 22 on Monday. This brings to 8,175 the total number of cases reported in Macon County since the coronavirus outbreak began. The Macon County Health Department reports over 2,500 county residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19 as of Monday.
The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in DeWitt County has reached 1,000. The DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department reported 69 new cases for the period of Wednesday, December 30 to Sunday, January 2. In Piatt County, the Department reported 47 new COVID-19 cases during the same period, for a total of 1,123 cases in that county.
– Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom (Updated throughout the day to include numbers from additional counties and to correct Carle Hospitals numbers, which are 66 patients & ten in ICU, not 114/19 which are numbers for the entire Carle Health system).
Ford County Receives COVID-19 Vaccines
Jan. 4, 3:05 p.m. – The first three rounds of COVID-19 vaccine to be delivered to Ford County have been administered to employees at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. The Ford County Public Health Department said in a Facebook posting Monday that those rounds totaled 300 vaccine doses, 100 of them from Pfizer and 200 from Moderna. The health department says it will continue to receive the vaccine until they have been administered to all staff in Ford County covered under the CDC’s Phase 1A guidelines — that is, workers for healthcare providers and residents of long-term care facilities. When vaccines have been administered to all who want them in the Phase 1A category, the Ford County Public Health Department says it will move onto Phase 1B, which covers frontline essential workers and people aged 75 and older. – Jim Meadows, Illinois Newsroom
Illinois Reports 81 COVID-19 Deaths And 4,469 Infections
Jan. 3, 2:18 p.m. — Illinois public health officials are reporting 81 more deaths from COVID-19 and 4,469 new confirmed and probable infections. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Sunday that the state has had nearly 980,000 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Health officials say 16,755 people have died from COVID-19. More than 45,000 tests have been reported in the past 24 hours. Currently, there are 3,817 people being hospitalized for COVID-19 and 798 are in intensive care units. – Associated Press
US Virus Death Toll Hits 350,000; Surge Feared
Jan. 3, 10:48 a.m. — The COVID-19 death toll in the United States has surpassed 350,000 as experts anticipate another surge in coronavirus cases and deaths stemming from holiday gatherings over Christmas and New Year’s. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows the U.S. passed the threshold early Sunday morning. More than 20 million people in the country have been infected. The U.S. has begun using two coronavirus vaccines to protect health care workers and nursing home residents and staff but the rollout of the inoculation program has been criticized as being slow and chaotic. Multiple states have reported a record number of cases over the past few days, including North Carolina and Arizona. Mortuary owners in hard-hit Southern California say they’re being inundated with bodies. The U.S. by far has reported the most deaths from COVID-19 in the world, followed by Brazil, which has reported more than 195,000 deaths.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to administer 100 million shots of the coronavirus vaccine within the first 100 days of his administration is “a realistic goal.” The top U.S. infectious disease expert tells ABC’s “This Week” says “we can do 1 million people per day. You know we’ve done massive vaccination programs … in our history. There’s no reason why we can’t do it right now.” That optimism comes as the race to vaccinate millions of Americans is off to a slower, messier start than public health officials and leaders of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed had expected. Fauci acknowledges “there have been a couple of glitches, that’s understandable.” He says the pace is picking up but “we are not where we want to be.” As the U.S. COVID-19 death toll tops 350,000, Fauci is taking issue with President Donald Trump’s claim on Twitter on Sunday that the number of U.S. cases and deaths is “far exaggerated” because of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “ridiculous” methodology. Fauci says “the deaths are real deaths.” He says hospitals are running out of bed and medical workers are exhausted under the strain of caring for the sick. – Associated Press