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2,793 new confirmed and probable cases; 20 additional deaths; 1,261 hospitalized; 269 in ICU; 2.8 percent average case positivity rate; 3.1 percent average test positivity rate; 97,680 average daily doses; Administered vaccine doses revised upward by 100K

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2021

* That’s a jump of well over 900 cases in a single day with an accompanying uptick in the positivity rate. Press release…

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 2,793 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 20 additional deaths.

    - Champaign County: 1 female 60s
    - Cook County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
    - Franklin County: 1 male 70s
    - Fulton County: 1 female 70s
    - Henry County: 1 female 60s
    - Kane County: 2 females 70s
    - Macon County: 1 male 50s
    - McHenry County: 1 male 70s
    - McLean County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
    - Rock Island County: 1 female 80s
    - Shelby County: 1 male 60s
    - St. Clair County: 1 female 70s
    - Stephenson County: 1 female 90s
    - Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s
    - Woodford County: 1 male 80s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,227,708 cases, including 21,136 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 79,381 specimens for a total of 19,805,516. As of last night, 1,261 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 269 patients were in the ICU and 130 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from March 17-23, 2021 is 2.8%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 17-23, 2021 is 3.1%.

A total of doses of 5,853,915 vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago. In addition, approximately 414,900 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 6,268,815. A total of 5,036,364 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight, including 363,711 for long-term care facilities. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 97,680 doses. Yesterday, 107,219 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

Vaccine data has been adjusted to address the previously reported data discrepancy, and now includes doses administered on previous days that were initially excluded from the system. They were not uploaded because the records included only partial information about recipients. In order to more accurately reflect the total number of doses actually administered, changes to software coding were made to allow the system to accept reports with only partial information. This accounts for roughly 100,000 doses. IDPH has reached out to our pharmacy partners to remind them of the importance of entering information in all fields when vaccine is administered.

IDPH has also updated its long-term care facility interim guidance to reflect guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The updated guidance allows more interaction with visitors at long-term care facilities and can be found on the IDPH website.

*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.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

7 Comments
  1. - TheInvisibleMan - Wednesday, Mar 24, 21 @ 12:41 pm:

    It’s nice to see Will county has finally fallen off this list, if even for only a day.


  2. - Zim - Wednesday, Mar 24, 21 @ 1:14 pm:

    It’s sure starting to look like we declared victory prematurely. And to echo other comments on other posts, I noticed more unmasked people while running errands this past weekend than I had seen in a long time. This is in a community where it had been rare to see anyone without a mask. Not good.


  3. - BTO2 - Wednesday, Mar 24, 21 @ 1:20 pm:

    Got nice call this morning, one of the Chatham players in last night’s Chatham High School vs Quincy (QND) soccer game tested positive for Covid. Sadly they had pending test when they decided to go ahead and play. This choice effected 25 Chatham players and a great QND team. Season is now basically over with.

    I’m sure the young man feels terrible but Covid is way more important than high school sports.


  4. - Masker - Wednesday, Mar 24, 21 @ 1:51 pm:

    Never ending


  5. - Les Nessman - Wednesday, Mar 24, 21 @ 2:27 pm:

    Our neighbors to the east and west are both ending their mask mandates soon as well. Great…..(Snark)


  6. - IDHS Jim - Wednesday, Mar 24, 21 @ 2:30 pm:

    Daily positivity rate down to 3.5% from 3.7% yesterday due to there being twice as much specimens, but hospital rates slightly ticking up in the last few days.


  7. - IDHS Jim - Wednesday, Mar 24, 21 @ 2:34 pm:

    Hopefully with more and more vaccinations in the last week - including myself, mom and several friends - the #s will go down again, but expect them to go up for at least next 2 weeks due to eating of restrictions.


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