COVID-19 ILLINOIS: Gov Gets J&J Vaccination; Illinois Passes 5 Million Doses Administered as Case Counts Go Up

COVID-19 ILLINOIS: Gov Gets J&J Vaccination; Illinois Passes 5 Million Doses Administered as Case Counts Go Up

4PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23

Gov Gets J&J Vaccination; Illinois Passes 5 Million Doses Administered

Speaking at a news conference before taking a shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Springfield, Gov. JB Pritzker announced that the state has passed the 5 million mark in vaccine doses administered.

“We really do have a fighting chance now to bring this pandemic to an end now,” he said. “And we have three incredibly effective vaccines to help us do that.”

Pritzker emphasized the availability of the state Vaccine Hotline at 833-621-1284 for residents who want to make an appointment but don’t have easy access to the Internet. The hotline is staffed from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Pritzker became eligible for the vaccine as the state opened the opportunity to government workers. State officials say the vaccine will be available to all Illinoisans as of April 12.

“I’m not asking you to do anything that I wouldn’t do myself,” Pritzker said.

During the news conference, Pritzker acknowledged that there was a big jump in the number of COVID-19 cases in today’s report but said the one-date spike was might have been due to an adjustment totals. The IDPH did announce a data discrepancy regarding vaccine totals. See below for more information.

IDPH News Release

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

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

  • 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

IDPH is reporting a total of 1,227,708 cases, including 21,136 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

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 is 2.8%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 17-23 is 3.1%.

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

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 its 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.

Gov. JB Pritzker News Conference Wednesday, March 24

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