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1,740 new confirmed and probable cases; 42 additional deaths; 1,200 hospitalized; 260 in ICU; 2.4 percent average case positivity rate; 2.9 percent average test positivity rate; 78,942 average daily doses

Thursday, Mar 4, 2021

* Press release…

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 1,740 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 42 additional deaths.

    - Bureau County: 1 male 50s
    - Champaign County: 1 male 80s
    - Cook County: 2 males 50s, 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 female 80s, 3 males 80s
    - DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s
    - Kane County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s
    - Lake County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s
    - LaSalle County: 1 female 80s
    - Macon County: 1 male 80s
    - Madison County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
    - McLean County: 1 male 70s
    - Monroe County; 1 male 80s
    - Morgan County: 1 female 70s
    - Ogle County: 1 male 80s
    - Peoria County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s
    - Sangamon County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s
    - Stephenson County: 1 female 100+
    - Will County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 male 70s
    - Winnebago County: 1 female 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,193,260 cases, including 20,668 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 73,990 specimens for a total of 18,389,512. As of last night, 1,200 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 260 patients were in the ICU and 128 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from February 25–March 3, 2021 is 2.4%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from February 25–March 3, 2021 is 2.9%.

A total of doses of 3,563,775 vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago. In addition, approximately 443,700 doses total have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities. This brings the total Illinois doses to 4,007,475. A total of 2,993,543 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight, including 330,328 for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 78,942 doses. Yesterday, 93,302 doses were administered in Illinois.

*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. For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

…Adding… As a commenter rightly points out, these are the lowest hospitalization and ICU numbers since IDPH started keeping track in mid-April.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments
  1. - Stu - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 12:13 pm:

    Lowest number of hospitalizations & ICU usage since they started reporting numbers last April


  2. - Cool Papa Bell - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 12:32 pm:

    It’s obvious that the vaccination program is already bearing fruit. The first week of March was always one of those early lines of demarcation. It’s here and there is a clear impact on public health. April 1 and the numbers are going to be even more impressive.

    Also how about if you test more you only get more cases - pretty impressive that there were 74k tests in the past day. A number that high with positive cases this low is a big WIN.


  3. - Hot Taeks - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 12:44 pm:

    It’s also worth pointing out that around a third of Americans are projected to have contracted the virus already. My friend found out he had antibodies after he donated blood. He never knew when he had Covid and never had serious symptoms.


  4. - Cool Papa Bell - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 1:08 pm:

    @Hot - same happened to me. Couldn’t get tested early last March. Gave blood to find out.


  5. - TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 1:56 pm:

    Those fatality numbers for Will county are atrocious.


  6. - Markus - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 2:06 pm:

    I remain curious about the vaccine numbers provided. Over 1 million doses received are not in arms yet. Accounting for the inventory reported by IDPH and doses still unused in the federal program, there are 572,000 doses not accounted for in today’s report. That’s a lot to attribute to reporting lags.


  7. - Metric Man - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 2:20 pm:

    Second hand account of the Tinley super site from Monday had it running about 20% capacity and no one there knew why. Many workers idle just waiting for people to come in. Very weird.


  8. - Downstate Illinois - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 2:30 pm:

    Our region has less than two COVID-19 patients per hospital and a positivity rate of 1.7 percent. Exactly where is emergency that requires the suspension of civil liberties?


  9. - Smalls - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 2:34 pm:

    But take a look at Region 8 yesterday and today. A canary in the coal mine? Daily positivity up to 6.9% today. A huge increase. Is the variant in that area, and spreading quickly? Only time will tell.


  10. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 2:39 pm:

    === Is the variant in that area, and spreading quickly?===

    Take a breath.


  11. - RWC - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 2:43 pm:

    Smalls,

    I’m not saying you’re wrong, but can you point to where you got that info?

    The Trib regional stats page says Region 8 (DuPage/Kane) has a 7-day case positivity rate of 3.8%, with only 2 increases in the last 7 days, and that’s as of today.

    If you’re just saying today’s has a big jump, well, maybe, but that’s why they use a 7-day rate, to weed out statistical anomalies.

    I’m not going to include a link b/c I’m not sure how the filters work. But I’ll link in a 2nd post in a moment.


  12. - RWC - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 2:43 pm:

    Trib Regional Stats:
    https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-viz-covid-19-illinois-cases-metrics-20200807-rqesiwwvjvbpphsjrb73xsxmca-htmlstory.html


  13. - RWC - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 2:47 pm:

    == but can you point to where you got that info ==

    The state’s regional metrics website. It is today’s daily positivity rate.
    https://dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=8


  14. - Smalls - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 2:49 pm:

    2:47 was my response. Not sure how RWC got in there :)


  15. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 3:12 pm:

    “Our region has less than two COVID-19 patients per hospital and a positivity rate of 1.7 percent. Exactly where is emergency that requires the suspension of civil liberties?”

    So the state mitigates. We get folks to wear masks. We get through the holidays without experiencing the surges some regions of the country did. The numbers plummet from doing the right thing. And the immediate response of the Covid truther crowd is, “see, we didn’t need to close in the first place.” SMH.


  16. - Cool Papa Bell - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 3:25 pm:

    @Chicago - Can you feel that the state did the right thing in November, December and part of January and now its time to do the right thing again and start allowing for more gatherings under the right conditions?

    The only truth about COVID for me is that it’s real, way deadlier than the flu and will impact families for a generation.

    But if the state did the right thing months ago, then you get to the right thing now too. I’d say because Illinois kept infections low for winter months it should allow us to open sooner than other state’s that didn’t make the right choice.


  17. - Simple Simon - Thursday, Mar 4, 21 @ 4:03 pm:

    CPB- We’ve seen this movie before. Things get better, then we reopen a bit, and things get worse again, forcing closure. We don’t have enough vaccinations yet to suggest this time will be different, especially given the variants that need to be stopped ASAP. Give it a month or two for evidence of the vaccinations to appear.

    Forgive me for not wanting to go see Virus 4, Return of the Grim Reaper. It is opening this weekend in Texas, but I can guess the plot.


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