Illinois health officials report 1,729 new cases of COVID-19, 22 deaths as health officials work to expand vaccine outreach

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CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 1,729 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state, including 22 additional deaths.

The deaths were reported in the following counties:

  • Adams County: 1 male 70s
  • Cass County: 1 male 60s
  • Champaign County: 1 male 60s
  • Cook County: 5 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 female over 100
  • DuPage County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Johnson County: 1 male 60s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 40s
  • Lake County: 1 female 50s
  • Macon County: 1 male 60s
  • Tazewell County: 1 male 70s
  • Whiteside County: 1 female 60s
  • Will County: 1 female teens
  • Woodford County: 1 female 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,353,226 cases, including 22,193 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 77,312 specimens for a total of 23,281,801.  As of Friday night, 1,947 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 466 patients were in the ICU and 252 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from May 1 to May 7, 2021 is 2.9%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from May 1 to May 7, 2021 is 3.6%.

A total of 9,827,646 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 68,455 doses. On Friday, 107,688 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

As vaccine demand continues to drop both locally and nationally, city health officials have began a mobile push to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to a community that needs it.

“Getting our communities well-vaccinated is absolutely how we get our community past COVID,” Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Alison Arwady said.

That’s why the city’s vaccine bus, which brought hundreds of doses of the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines into the South Austin neighborhood today, went door-to-door telling people about it, even offering free meals to the first 200 people to get their shots.

“I would love nothing more than to see a vaccine bus run out of vaccine,” Arwady said.

As vaccine demand dwindles, Illinois plans to ask for just 9 percent of its federal vaccine allotment next week, joining states across the country in scaling back orders.

The CDC currently reports that just under a third of the country’s population is fully vaccinated.

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