Illinois COVID-19 Update: IL reports 1,431 new coronavirus cases, 22 deaths

65% of Illinoisans 65 or older received at least 1 COVID vaccine dose
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois Department of Public Health officials reported 1,431 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 22 deaths on Sunday.

IDPH reported a total of 1,221,863 COVID-19 cases, including 21,081 deaths, since the beginning of the pandemic.

As of Saturday night, 1,132 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 236 patients were in the ICU and 97 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 70,102 specimens for a total of 19,629,022 since the pandemic began.

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The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 14-20 is 2.8%.

A total of 5,341,895 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago, with an additional 414,900 doses allocated to federal government partners for long-term care facilities, bringing the total number delivered in Illinois to 5,756,795. A total of 4,706,502 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of Saturday night, including 361,886 for long-term care facilities. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 95,171 doses. There were 75,380 doses reported administered in Illinois Saturday.

Sixty-five percent of Illinoisans 65 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, inching closer to the target of 70% that could see Illinois enter the Bridge Phase.

Double lung transplant using lungs from donor who previously had COVID performed at Northwestern

Northwestern Medicine surgeons have performed a double lung transplant on a patient using lungs from a donor who previously had COVID-19, the healthcare provider said Friday.
The transplant recipient is an Illinois man in his 60s. He received lungs from a donor who had mild symptoms. The donor died from an unrelated accidental death and no longer had COVID at the time.

The patient works in healthcare and was diagnosed with COVID-19 in May 2020 and suffered permanent lung damage.

Illinois COVID-19 vaccine guidelines do not include pot smokers in Phase 1B; those who smoke cigarettes included

Illinois residents who smoke marijuana will not be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine early.

This decision was made despite the fact that cannabis smokers are at a higher risk for respiratory issues.

However people who smoke cigarettes or have smoked do qualify for the earlier phase.

The deaths reported Sunday include:

- Cook County: 1 male 30s, 2 females 50s, 1 male 50s, 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 4 males 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
- DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 90s
- Fulton County: 1 male 60s
- Grundy County: 1 male 80s
- Madison County: 1 male 70s
- McDonough County: 1 male 60s
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