COVID-19 in Illinois: All residents 16 and older now eligible for vaccine

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – All Illinois residents ages 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 7,243,383 vaccine doses have been administered statewide as of Sunday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 132,188 doses. Sunday, 64,772 doses were reported administered in Illinois. The Illinois National Guard has administered more than one million doses of at state-supported vaccination sites around the state.

Edgar County Health Department assistant administrator Monica Dunn said they’re working with high schools to gauge interest among 16- and 17-year-olds, who can only get the Pfizer vaccine, so it would require a more coordinated effort. Dunn said about 19% of Edgar County is fully vaccinated.

“For us to return to some semblance of normal requires us our percentage of fully vaccinated people to go up,” Dunn said. “When that percentage goes up, the risk in our community goes down.”

She encouraged people to make an appointment by calling the local hotline at (217) 294-2838 or by visiting the local website, ecphd.org.

The IDPH Monday reported 2,433 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease throughout the state, including 18 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,282,205 cases, including 21,523 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 53,115 specimens for a total of 21,225,122. 

As of Sunday night, 1,998 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 418 patients were in the ICU and 177 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from April 5-11 is 4.4%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from April 5-11 is 4.9%.

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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