Illinois COVID-19 Update: IL reports 3,207 new coronavirus cases, 33 deaths

DuPage County pushes to be 80% vaccinated by July 1

ByCraig Wall and ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Saturday, May 1, 2021
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Saying it gives residents get back to "the normal that we all cravy," DuPage County officials launched a massive push to vaccinate 80% of them by July 1.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois public health officials reported 3,207 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 33 related deaths Friday.

There have been 1,335,055 total COVID cases, including 21,960 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.

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Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 108,063 specimens for a total of 22,666,333 since the pandemic began.

The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from April 23-29, is 4%.

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As of Thursday night, 2,024 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 475 patients were in the ICU and 235 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

DuPage County kicked off a campaign Friday to get 80% of residents vaccinated by July 1. The mass vaccination site at the county fairgrounds will begin giving walk-in shots starting Saturday.

Currently about 60% of county residents have gotten at least their first dose, but 80% is the amount many health experts say will provide herd immunity.

"We don't know that 80 may be the magic number, but it is a significant number and will move us very, very much further to getting on the other side of this pandemic," said Karen Ayala, executive director of the DuPage County Health Department.

A total of 11,687,325 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago.

A total of 9,259,706 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of Thursday night. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 92,747 doses. There were 103,717 doses reported administered in Illinois Thursday.

With an increase in vaccine supply has come a waning interest. Health experts believe on issue could be that people not directly impacted by COVID-19 may not feel like vaccination is a priority.

In DuPage County, 88% of people over the age of 65 have gotten at least one shot. The group they are now targeting is the 20-40 age group.

The deaths reported Friday include:

- Christian County: 1 female 80s

- Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 80s,

- DeKalb County: 1 female 50s

- DuPage County: 1 male 50s 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s

- Kane County: 1 female 40s

- Kankakee County: 1 female 80s

- Lake County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s

- LaSalle County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s

- Lee County: 1 male 60s

- McDonough County: 1 male 60s

- McHenry County: 1 male 60s

- Peoria County: 1 female 60s

- Tazewell County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s

- Will County: 1 male 90s

- Williamson County: 1 female 80s

- Winnebago County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s

- Woodford County: 1 male 50s