COVID-19 ILLINOIS: Deaths Decline But More Are Younger; Case Counts Rising Week Over Week

COVID-19 ILLINOIS: Deaths Decline But More Are Younger; Case Counts Rising Week Over Week

4PM TUESDAY, MARCH 23

Deaths Decline But More Are Younger, Case Counts Rising Week Over Week

Above is the CDC chart showing the bell curve of COVID-19 case counts. Officials are concerned that the numbers are relatively flat rather than continuing to descend.

Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health today shows a smaller number of COVID-19-related deaths but nearly half of those deaths are people in their 50s and 60s. Meanwhile, the statewide case counts are higher week over week, as national health officials express growing concern that the bell curve is staying flat rather than continuing to go down.

The IDPH reported 1,832 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 13 additional deaths.

This CDC map offers an indication of hot spots based on the “level of community transmission” — essentially comparing one week’s seven-day positivity rate to the previous week’s rate.

The deaths be county, age and gender are as follows:

  • Champaign County: 1 male 80s
  • Cook County: 2 females 60s, 3 males 60s, 2 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 50s
  • Tazewell County: 1 female 70s

IDPH is reporting a total of 1,224,915 cases, including 21,116 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 49,739 specimens for a total of 19,726,135. As of last night, 1,270 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 272 patients were in the ICU and 117 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from March 16-22 is 2.5%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 16-22 is 2.9%.

The Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties) seven-day test positivity rate is 4.2%.

“Even as we’re getting more and more vaccine doses, we cannot let our guard down, especially with these virulent new strains circulating,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “We’ve come so far and are so close to a more normal time, but we’re already seeing some concerning plateaus and even increases in hospitalizations and cases. We’re not out of the woods yet so continue to wear your masks, avoid large crowds, and keep six feet of distance.”

A total of doses of 5,796,305 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 6,211,205.

A total of 4,818,097 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight, including 363,235 for long-term care facilities. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 91,000 doses.  Yesterday, 70,252 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

IDPH is working with the federal government on discrepancies in some of the vaccine administration data. The result of the discrepancy could be that the number of doses actually administered at this time may be underreported. IDPH will update the data as soon as the discrepancy is resolved.

*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.

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