Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 1,922 new coronavirus cases, 42 deaths, 7-day positivity rate sits at 3.2%

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 1,922 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 Saturday, with 42 deaths.

IDPH is reporting a total of 1,172,824 COVID-19 cases, including 20,234 deaths.

As of Friday night, 1,551 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 351 patients were in the ICU and 171 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

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The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Feb. 13-19 is 2.8%.

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Weather continues to cause vaccine delivery delays from the federal government. The state said it is in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies to understand the logistical challenges and if there is anything Illinois can do to expedite getting vaccine.

Moderna vaccine shipments to Chicago have not been delivered this week because of the winter storms in the region, causing appointments at clinics across the city to cancel or postpone vaccination shots, said Chicago's top doctor on Thursday.

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The White House COVID team said Friday that workers, whether packaging or shipping vaccines, were snowed in an unable to get to work. Road closures were a problem, as were power outages. Friday night, there are signs of improvement.

And amid the delays, Cook County Health gave their 100,000th vaccination to a 17-year-old grocery store worker.

A total of 2,256,975 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 2,702,175.

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

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Moderna vaccines are shipped from Tennessee to Chicago, and Arwady said those shipments did not arrive Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

IDPH reports that a total of 2,060,706 vaccine doses have been administered, including 278,605 at long-term facilities. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is 59,190. On Friday, 77,813 doses were administered, marking the highest single-day amount of vaccines administered in Illinois.

Statewide, the Illinois Department of Public Health expected 365,000 doses from the federal government this week. So far, the state health department has confirmed they've received about 55,000 this week, significantly less.

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"Now the federal government obviously with the latest couple of days of terrible weather across the nation, they've had a difficult time actually distributing the vaccine to the states," Gov. JB Pritzker acknowledged Thursday.

Illinois is not alone. Across the country, 22 states have delayed or cancelled vaccinations this week because of the weather.

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Chicago has improved the percentage of COVID-19 vaccine administered to Chicagoans of color, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday.
Early in the vaccine roll-out, in phase 1A when the focus was on healthcare workers and long-term care facility staff and residents, only 18% of COVID vaccines were going to Black or Latinx Chicagoans. Now, data from the most recent week show that 50% of first dose COVID vaccine went to Black or Latinx Chicagoans, city officials said.

The deaths reported Friday include:

Bond County: 1 male 70s
Champaign County: 1 male 70s
Cole County: 1 female 70s
Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
Hardin County: 1 female 90s
Henry County: 1 male 70s
Iroquois County: 1 female 80s
Jersey County: 1 male 90s
Kane County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s

Kankakee County: 1 female 80s
Lake County: 1 male 80s
Livingston County: 1 male 80s
Logan County: 1 male 50s
Madison County: 1 male 70s
McHenry County: 1 male 70s
Ogle County: 1 male 60s
Sangamon County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 80s
St. Clair County: 2 females 70s, 1 female 90s
Tazewell County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 80s
Vermilion County: 1 female 70s
Wayne County: 1 male 80s
Will County: 1 male 60s
Williamson County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

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