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4,979 new confirmed and probable cases; 123 additional deaths; 3,281 hospitalized; 662 in ICU; 5.4 percent average case positivity rate; 6.5 percent average test positivity rate; 22,585 average daily doses; Regions 6 and 7 advance

Thursday, Jan 21, 2021

* Press release…

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 4,979 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 123 additional deaths.

    - Adams County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
    - Bond County: 1 male 80s
    - Boone County: 1 male 80s
    - Christian County: 1 male 60s
    - Coles County: 1 female 20s
    - Cook County: 1 male 50s, 2 females 60s, 8 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 9 males 70s, 9 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 5 females 90s, 4 males 90s 1 female 100+
    - Douglas County: 1 male 80s
    - DuPage County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
    - Effingham County: 1 male 80s
    - Henry County: 1 male 80s
    - Iroquois County: 1 male 70s
    - Jackson County: 1 male 80s
    - Jersey County: 1 female 70s
    - Kane County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 3 females 80s
    - Kankakee County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
    - Knox County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s
    - Lake County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s
    - Lee County: 1 male 80s
    - Livingston County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
    - Macoupin County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
    - Madison County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 90s
    - Marion County: 1 male 60s
    - Massac County: 1 female 80s
    - McHenry County: 1 male 90s
    - McLean County: 2 females 80s
    - Montgomery County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
    - Peoria County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
    - Pike County: 2 females 80s
    - Pope County: 1 male 90s
    - Randolph County: 2 females 80s
    - Saline County: 1 male 70s
    - St. Clair County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
    - Tazewell County: 1 female 80s
    - Will County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
    - Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
    - Woodford County: 1 male 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,086,333 cases, including 18,520 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 99,036 specimens for a total 15,083,685. As of last night, 3,281 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 662 patients were in the ICU and 358 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from January 14–20, 2021 is 5.4%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from January 14–20, 2021 is 6.5%.

As of last night, 901,025 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago. In addition, approximately 524,050 doses have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities. This brings the total Illinois doses to 1,425,075. IDPH is currently reporting a total of 572,389 vaccines administered, including 90,752 for long-term care facilities. Yesterday, a total of 34,649 doses were administered. The 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 22,585 doses.

If all the mitigation metrics continue to improve, Region 4 will move into Tier 2 on Friday, January 22, 2021.

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered. Information for deaths previously reported has changed, therefore, today’s numbers have been adjusted. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

* Meanwhile…

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced Region 6 (Champaign, Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Iroquois, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion) is returning to Phase 4 of the Restore Plan and Region 7 (Kankakee and Will) is advancing to Tier 1. Information about which tier and phase regions are in can be found at the top of the IDPH website homepage.

“I am excited that 10 out of our 11 regions have moved out of Tier 3 mitigations,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “However, this does not mean we can let our guard down. We must continue to practice actions to protect ourselves from the virus – wear our masks, avoid large gatherings, and get the vaccine when it is our turn. This is particularly critical as new variants circulate, which early studies show spread much more rapidly. We are headed in the right direction once again, so let’s stay the course.”

IDPH will continue to closely monitor test positivity, ICU bed availability, and the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19. Should data show regions trending in the wrong direction, based on the established mitigation metrics, regions could once again find themselves in a higher tier with increase measures.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

8 Comments
  1. - TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, Jan 21, 21 @ 12:37 pm:

    Watching Will county consistently have larger deaths recorded than DuPage county which has a population 50% larger, seems to be showing there is a problem in Will county.

    Probably doesn’t help that Will county has at least one staunch anti-vaxxer on the county health and safety committee.


  2. - Arock - Thursday, Jan 21, 21 @ 12:44 pm:

    Death numbers don’t tell the whole story of how well a County is doing as our numbers were low compared to many counties until three of our largest long term care facilities ended up with the virus in them and then the numbers went up swiftly. Maybe they could be doing something wrong but without more data it is hard to just assume a problem.


  3. - walker - Thursday, Jan 21, 21 @ 1:10 pm:

    “”If all the mitigation metrics continue to improve”"

    If most of us continue to follow recommended mitigation practices.


  4. - TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, Jan 21, 21 @ 1:24 pm:

    ==Maybe they could be doing something wrong==

    Yes, like giving the green light for a pizza joint to run an indoor buffet.

    There’s also a local news story published just today where the largest city in the county is starting to demand answers from the county for their slow rollout and lack of any additional plans.

    Yes. They are doing something wrong. A lot of people were placed into positions years ago they were not qualified for.

    ==our numbers were low compared to many counties==

    Sure, they were lower than Hardin county. But they were not lower than DuPage county, again consistently. Especially at the peak this past fall more often than not Will county was still showing more infections than DuPage county.

    Bluntly, unless you have evidence to support the excuses you are giving as possibilities, don’t expect to be taken seriously. I suppose DuPage doesn’t have any retirement homes at all. What a sad attempt at an excuse that is.

    It’s clear there is a problem. It’s clear it is within the health department.


  5. - Anotheretiree - Thursday, Jan 21, 21 @ 1:24 pm:

    -Arock- Yeah, we are doing fine as long as you don’t count all the deaths.


  6. - BTO2 - Thursday, Jan 21, 21 @ 1:28 pm:

    Springfield area travel volleyball team played in Tennesse last weekend. Nice surprise as they came home to their respective schools with Covid. Many attended school Tuesday. Fingers crossed they didn’t cause an outbreak.


  7. - Club J - Thursday, Jan 21, 21 @ 1:50 pm:

    All that keeps running through my mind is Groundhog Day. I’m reading advertisements from bar owners that say. We are open until 1am seating at the Bar with your favorite Bartender and no reservation needed.

    I know all about the six foot rule. That was in place before and we had no enforcement and people were elbow to elbow at the Bar and tables were stacked on top of each other.


  8. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Jan 21, 21 @ 4:11 pm:

    We are basically a year into this, and the IDPH is still putting out graphics and maps that don’t actually provide meaningful information.

    No one should have to click on an additional resource to understand what the information about the deadly pandemic they’re being informed of means. The maps should actually include bullet points for important mitigation rules on the region that it’s relevant to.


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