COVID-19 ILLINOIS: 1,246 New Cases, 34 Deaths; Bell Curve Continues its Descent

COVID-19 ILLINOIS: 1,246 New Cases, 34 Deaths; Bell Curve Continues its Descent

2:30PM MONDAY, FEB. 22

1,246 New Cases, 34 Deaths; Bell Curve Continues its Descent

The bell curve of coronavirus cases and deaths continues its descent, even while health officials continue to urge residents to keep up their guard by wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

As the “cases” chart screenshot (above) from the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 modeling page indicates, COVID-19 cases in Illinois peaked in mid-November, dropped steadily until the holidays, jumped up in a post-holiday surge, but have been dropping steadily since mid January. The state’s chart showing daily coronavirus deaths follows a similar pattern.

State and national health officials remain concerned about the possibility of another surge caused by COVID-19 variants. According to the Centers for Disease Control chart above, Illinois has recorded 43 cases of the British B.1.1.7 variant and one case of the South African B.1.351 variant. Visit this page of the CDC website for more information on the transmission of variants. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported 1,246 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 34 additional deaths.

The deaths by count and demographics are as follows:

  • Christian County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Cook County: 2 males 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 5 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 6 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 5 males 80s, 1 female 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 80s
  • Kane County: 1 male 50s
  • Lake County: 1 male 70s
  • LaSalle County: 1 female 90s
  • Livingston County: 1 female 80s
  • Madison County: 1 male 60s
  • Peoria County: 1 male 70s

IDPH is reporting a total of 1,175,655 cases, including 20,303 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 37,361 specimens for a total of 17,660,161. As of last night, 1,504 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 377 patients were in the ICU and 169 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Feb. 15-21 is 2.8%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Feb. 15-21 is 3.1%.

The seven-day test positivity rate for Kane-DuPage Region 8 is 4.2%.

A total of doses of 2,256,975 vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago.  In addition, approximately 445,200 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 2,702,175.

A total of 2,211,700 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight, including 282,820 for long-term care facilities. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 55,499 doses. Yesterday, 59,748 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

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