COVID-19 in Illinois: State sees lowest one-day case count since October, but 8 new cases of UK variant

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Public Health Monday reported 2,944 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease throughout the state, including 49 additional deaths, marking the lowest one-day case count since early October.

It also announced eight additional Illinois cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) variant B.1.1.7, first identified in the United Kingdom. Health officials previously announced a single case of the variant in Chicago on January 15, for a total of nine cases that have now been reported in Illinois. The nine cases range in age from 12 to 63 years and live in Cook County, including Chicago.  Specimens testing positive for the variant through genomic sequencing were collected between Dec. 29, 2020 and Jan. 15, 2021.

“With reports of this variant already in many states in the U.S., we anticipated its spread here in Illinois,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “Early studies have found that this variant spreads more easily than what we have seen with the current prevailing variant.  We are following closely to see if there is evidence that infections by this variant cause more severe disease or death.  Based on the information available now, the vaccine will still be effective.  Continued masking and vaccination when it is your turn remain our best path to defeating this virus as quickly as possible.”

“We expected to see more cases of this variant crop up, and people should know that the best way to protect themselves is continue wearing a mask, washing hands often, staying six feet away from others and getting vaccinated when it is your turn,” said CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D.  “CDPH is working closely with the CDC and IDPH to contribute to national SARS-CoV-2 strain surveillance, and building regional capacity and coordination for this more advanced, specialized molecular laboratory public health work is a top priority.”

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,104,763 cases, including 18,798 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 74,202 specimens for a total 15,484,034. 

As of Sunday night, 2,962 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 601 patients were in the ICU and 302 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from January 18–24, 2021 is 4.7%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from January 18–24, 2021 is 5.8%.

A total of 1,112,725 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago.  In addition, approximately 550,050 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 1,662,775.  IDPH is currently reporting a total of 692,763 vaccines administered, including 110,403 for long-term care facilities. 

A total of 11,290 doses were administered Sunday, and the 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 28,171 doses. 

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

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