Illinois COVID-19 Update: IL reports 5,862 new cases, 97 deaths

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois health officials reported 5,862 new COVID-19 cases and 97 deaths Wednesday.

The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 1,046,030, with a total of 17,840 deaths, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 76,107 specimens for a total 14,339,584.

As of Tuesday night, 3,642 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 749 patients were in the ICU and 386 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Jan. 6 - 12 is 8.3%.

The test positivity rate is a metric the state began providing in late October. It is calculated by using the total number of positive tests over the total number of tests. This is the metric being used to by state health officials to make decisions about mitigations.

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As of Tuesday night, 703,525 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago, with an additional 268,525 doses allocated to federal government partners for long-term care facilities.

COVID-19 vaccinations were administered Wednesday to workers and residents at an assisted living facility on Chicago's North Side. It was a day to be celebrated at Belmont Village Lincoln Park.

"I was definitely super excited," said Shay Mangat. "Whoever gave it to me was phenomenal. I didn't even feel it."

Staff at the assisted living facility shared videos from inside as residents and staff got their first dose of COVID vaccine.

"It's comforting knowing that even if there isn't a cure, we can save lives by stopping the spread," said concierge Beth Lerner.

"It's a relief to get the vaccine," said enrichment leader Traci Heiberger. "Now I'm scared that I'm going to give it to someone I love, and of course, I love the residents, too."

"That fear, every day we worry about it," said Jinkie Conanan, the director of nursing. She said workers fear bringing COVID home, but nonetheless have worked through the pandemic being as careful as possible.

"This way, being vaccinated, we are still doing everything the same - all the safety measures, but we now have this extra protection and precaution with the vaccine," Conanan said.

Belmont Village said 100% percent of residents and 76% of staff took the vaccine on Wednesday.

With extra doses from staff not taking the vaccine, some relatives of staff who are at higher risk also took the vaccine.

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IDPH reports that a total of 384,658 vaccine doses, including 48,811 at long-term facilities. The 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered is 25,400.

The IDPH says that vaccine distribution numbers are reported in real-time and vaccine administration numbers lag by as much as 72 hours.

Deaths reported Wednesday inlude:
Bond County: 1 female 90s
Boone County: 1 male 50s
Christian County: 1 female 80s

Clinton County: 1 female 80s
Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 3 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 4 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 4 males 80, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
DuPage County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 3 males 80s, 1 female 90s
Hamilton County: 1 male 70s
Iroquois County: 1 male 80s
Jefferson County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s
Jersey County: 1 male 70s
Knox County: 1 female 70s
Lake County: 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
LaSalle County: 1 male 70s
Logan County: 1 female 60s
Macon County: 1 male 80s
Madison County: 1 male 70s
McHenry County: 1 male 50s
McLean County: 1 male 40s, 2 males 80s
Monroe County: 3 females 90s

Montgomery County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s
Morgan County: 1 female 60s
Ogle County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
Peoria County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
Pike County: 1 female 90s
Randolph County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s
Richland County: 1 male 90s
Rock Island County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
Sangamon County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
St. Clair County: 1 female 60s, 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
Stephenson County: 1 male 70s
Tazewell County: 1 male 70s
Vermilion County: 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s
Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s
Williamson County: 1 female 80s
Winnebago County: 1 male 80s
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