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COVID-19 roundup

Friday, Oct 22, 2021

* Press release…

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 15,131 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 183 additional deaths since reporting last Friday, October 15, 2021. Of Illinois’ total population, more than 69% has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 54% of Illinois’ total population is fully vaccinated.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,680,908 cases, including 25,590 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Since reporting on Friday, October 15, 2021, laboratories have reported 773,791 specimens for a total of 34,492,598. As of last night, 1,277 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 323 patients were in the ICU and 152 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from October 15-21, 2021 is 2.0%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from October 15-21, 2021 is 2.2%.

A total of 15,203,716 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 29,950 doses. Since reporting on Friday, October 15, 2021, 209,651 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

IDPH also aligns with the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) and CDC’s recommendation for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the virus and keep Illinoisans safe.

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

    • 65 years and older
    • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
    • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
    • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings

For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Vaccination is the key to ending this pandemic. To find a COVID-19 vaccination and booster location near you, go to

*All data are provisional and will change. Additional information and COVID-19 data can be found at

* Jake Griffin on the numbers

That’s the first time hospitalizations from the respiratory disease have dropped below 1,300 since Aug. 7, according to Illinois Department of Public Health records.

* Drop in the bucket

But about 440 workers at Advocate Aurora Health in Illinois and Wisconsin “have parted ways” with the system because they weren’t vaccinated by Advocate’s Friday deadline and they didn’t have approved medical or religious exemptions, spokesman Mike Riopell said. Many of those individuals were not full-time employees. Overall, about 99% of the system’s 75,000 employees are vaccinated or have approved exemptions, or are in the process of doing so.

Nearly 100 of Rush University Medical Center workers stand to have their employment terminated because they didn’t get vaccinated or get approved exemptions, said Courtney Kammer, chief human resources officer at Rush. Overall, about 98% of Rush’s workers are vaccinated.

At Southern Illinois Healthcare, about 220 people are no longer employed because they refused to roll up their sleeves, said spokeswoman Rosslind Rice, though the vast majority of employees got vaccinated. The deadline to have started the vaccination process at Southern Illinois Healthcare was Sept. 24. […]

Southern Illinois Healthcare expects to be able to replace the departed workers with new ones quickly, Rice said. The system has been receiving a record number of job applications and has welcomed many new employees in recent weeks, she said. […]

Esperanza Health Centers is losing only two of its 311 employees because of its requirement that all of its workers get vaccinated by Oct. 13. Esperanza’s mandate was even tougher than that of many Chicago-area hospitals because Esperanza didn’t allow for religious exemptions, and is allowing medical exemptions only temporarily, such as while a person is undergoing medical treatment, said Dan Fulwiler, president and CEO of Esperanza.

* More…

* CDC gives go-ahead to J&J, Moderna and mix-and-match COVID boosters, beginning as soon as Friday

* No One Will Stop You From Getting Whatever Booster You Want

* What are the next steps toward vaccinating younger children?

* Illinois school districts plan COVID-19 clinics as they await arrival of Pfizer vaccine for kids 5 to 11

* Chicago vaccine mandate update: 130 firefighters, other city workers sue over vax requirement

* 12 tips for easing anxiety for kids getting vaccination shot

* A High-Risk Group With a Tragically Low Vaccination Rate: Only about 25 percent of expectant mothers have gotten a COVID-19 shot during their pregnancy. Worried for their baby’s health, many have opted for what feels safe, rather than what is safe.

* Maintenance workers at Shapiro now required to vaccinate

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Stu - Friday, Oct 22, 21 @ 12:51 pm:

    Dose #3 on-board today

  2. - Amalia - Friday, Oct 22, 21 @ 12:58 pm:

    thanks for keeping on this story. just heard about a guy who refuses to vax and whose mother’s funeral will be complicated because of family fights over this.getting a vaccination should be a badge of public service, we all do our part.

  3. - Nearly Normal - Friday, Oct 22, 21 @ 1:32 pm:

    Walgreen’s taking appointments for booster shots. Mine is scheduled for Monday.

  4. - thechampaignlife - Friday, Oct 22, 21 @ 1:54 pm:

    The employers who have their entire workforce vaccinated are seeing a record number of job applicants. It is almost like people have been avoiding work not to stay on unemployment but until it is safe to do so.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 22, 21 @ 2:04 pm:

    === Its almost like you have no brain, people are going back to work because the extra unemployment is gone.===

    Cite please.

    I think Rich had a post debunking that.

  6. - OMG - Friday, Oct 22, 21 @ 2:06 pm:

  7. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 22, 21 @ 2:10 pm:

    Yeah, Rich did have a whole post, he started with the Wall Street Journal with the lede…

    ===States that ended enhanced federal unemployment benefits early have so far seen about the same job growth as states that continued offering the pandemic-related extra aid, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis and economists.===

    A FoxNews talking point is wrong again

  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Oct 22, 21 @ 2:11 pm:

    ===Common sense?===

    This isn’t Facebook, friend.

  9. - Muddler - Friday, Oct 22, 21 @ 2:14 pm:

    On pregnant women not be vaccinated . . . in a perfect world I’d like to add this consideration to the midwife licensing bill: my personal anecdotal experience leads me to believe that some midwives are responsible for fear-mongering about the vaccine and encouraging pregnant mothers to remain unvaccinated (and untreated after contracting COVID).

  10. - thechampaignlife - Friday, Oct 22, 21 @ 2:19 pm:

    Fresh from the Associated Press: Where are the workers? Cutoff of jobless aid spurs no influx

  11. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Oct 22, 21 @ 3:48 pm:

    I got on-line first thing this morning, made an appt at Walgreens, and got my vax booster by 1:30 this afternoon. (I tried to get it yesterday but was told I had to wait for CDC approval.)

    I cannot understand why someone would not get the vax. I work where I have a high risk of exposure…I got the vax and booster as soon as I could because I don’t want to get sick (selfish), and I don’t want to make someone else sick (selfless). Also, I want the virus to move into the background, I want to stop having to wear a mask, I want to go to the statehouse in the Spring to chat with legislators, I like eating at restaurants, I want to see the Blackhawks play, I want to go to concerts, etc. All of those things will be much easier for all of us if everyone who can get vaxed gets vaxed.

    What, exactly, is the argument for not getting vaxed? I just don’t understand.

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