CHICAGO (WLS) — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 1,420 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 Monday, with 41 deaths.
IDPH is reporting a total of 1,163,674 total COVID-19 cases, including 20,002 deaths.
As of Sunday night, 1,789 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 389 patients were in the ICU and 184 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Feb. 8-14 is 3.5%.
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A total of 2,027,725 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago, with an additional 445,200 doses allocated to federal government partners for long-term care facilities, bringing the total number delivered in Illinois to 2,472,925.
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Several Cook County vaccination sites will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 16, due to the winter storm, officials said. Vaccinations will continue at Stroger Hospital, Provident Hospital and the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, but all other locations, including large-scale sites, will be closed.
Officials said anyone who is already scheduled for an appointment will be contacted and rescheduled for another appointment this week.
The IDPH said that vaccine distribution numbers are reported in real-time and vaccine administration numbers lag by as much as 72 hours.
IDPH reports that a total of 1,823,208 vaccine doses have been administered, including 248,925 at long-term facilities. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is 66,320, the highest to date. Sunday, 39,863 doses were administered.
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Since the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in America are two-dose vaccines, the number of appointments – already scarce to begin with – are expected to dramatically decline in the coming weeks for anyone looking for their first shot.
“We were actually notified on Thursday by IDPH that our allocation would be reduced by 75%,” said Karen Ayala, Executive Director of the DuPage County Health Department.
IDPH said limited vaccine supply and the need to reserve existing doses for those needing to get their second shots necessitates the decrease.
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Because Chicago and suburban Cook County get their vaccines directly from the federal government, and not the state, they are not being affected by the reduction. Weiss Hospital in Uptown has been operating a three-day-a-week vaccination clinic, which Monday hosted a President’s Day vaccination spree for CPS teachers and staff getting ready to return to in person learning. They said their clinic will not hold back any doses.
“Once we were reassured the second dose was coming, we just continued to use up everything we had,” said Dr. Clement Rose, Weiss Hospital. “We’ve been promised that as long as we’re keeping ahead of schedule, or utilizing our vaccines, we will get the same shipment as long as we order by 5 p.m. on Tuesdays.”
The city’s health department said while supplies remain extremely tight, there will be a slight increase in the number of first doses received in Chicago this week. None of Tuesday’s clinics are affected by the winter storm.
Last week Governor Pritzker said the state would soon expand the number of people eligible to be vaccinated under Phase 1B to those over the age of 16 with pre-existing conditions, but Chicago, Cook and most of the collar counties have said it can’t be done.
“There simply isn’t enough vaccine, but there will be enough vaccine over time,” Ayala said. “What’s not helpful, I think, is to set people up for an expectation that yeah, we’re going to have plenty of vaccine and we’re opening up these priority groups and then, boom, we don’t. That’s the frustration.”
Based on federal projections of vaccine shipments IDPH said they expect the shortage of first doses to continue into March.
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Walgreens began vaccinating those eligible against the disease Friday. They are prioritizing healthcare workers, those over 65 and those with preexisting conditions. Earlier this week, Walgreens’ site crashed when individuals who wanted the vaccine rushed to sign up.
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The deaths reported Monday include:
Champaign County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
– Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 3 females 60s, 2 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 2 males 90s
– Douglas County: 1 female 80s
– DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
– Kane County: 1 female 90s
– Lake County: 1 male 60s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
– McLean County: 1 female 80s
– Peoria County: 1 male 60s
– Will County: 1 male 50s, 2 males 80s
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