Statewide COVID-19 positivity rate continues to drop
The graph shows the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases
reported each day by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
(Credit: Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois)
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Some counties begin Phase 1B of vaccine distribution
The rate dropped from 7.3 percent the day prior. The Illinois
Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 6,652 new
confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state, with an
additional 88 deaths. The state has reported 1,052,682 cases of
COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and 17,928 deaths across the
state’s 102 counties.
The state reported 118,036 test results over the previous 24
hours, more than 40,000 more than in Wednesday’s report and the
most since Friday, Jan. 8.
The state has now reported 14.4 million test results since the
As of Wednesday night, there were 3,511 patients in the hospital
with COVID-19 and 742 patients in intensive care unit beds, a
decrease of seven from the day prior. That left 23.2 percent of
ICU beds available in the state.
There were 382 COVID-19 patients on ventilators, a decrease of
four from the day prior.
As of Wednesday night, approximately 972,750 doses of the
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been reported
delivered to the state. Of the total delivery, 704, 225 doses
were delivered to private and public health providers across the
state’s 102 counties.
The remaining 268, 525 doses were allocated for the federally
mandated Pharmacy Partnership program for long-term care
While some communities have been able to transition into the
next phase of vaccine distribution, Gov. JB Pritzker has not yet
determined when the next phase will be statewide.
Pritzker is expected to make a formal announcement yet this week
as to when the entire state can begin vaccinating in Phase 1B.
Phase 1A, which includes health care workers and long-term care
facility residents, is still continuing. But some counties have
started vaccinating in Phase 1B, which includes non-health care
essential workers and residents over the age of 65.
Approximately 414, 296 vaccines had been administered, including
51,891 vaccines administered for long-term care facilities, as
of Wednesday night. Health care providers have up to 72 hours
after administering a vaccination to report the data according
to federal guidelines, so the number of vaccines reported
administered lags behind the number of vaccines reported
The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is
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