Illinois sets one-day record for vaccines administered as state reports most new COVID-19 cases since January


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Public Health Friday reported 4,004 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 21 additional deaths.

Friday marks the first day Illinois has reported more than 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 since January 29.

The deaths were reported in the following counties:

  • Cook County: 1 male 50s, 3 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Crawford County: 1 male 70s
  • Henry County: 1 male 80s
  • Jackson County: 1 male 60s
  • Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s
  • Lake County: 1 male 70s
  • Madison County: 1 male 60s
  • Menard County: 1 male 80s
  • Rock Island County: 1 male 60s
  • Sangamon County: 1 male 80s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 50s
  • Tazewell County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s
  • Whiteside County: 2 males 60s

The IDPH is reporting a total of 1,273,200 cases, including 21,476 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 101,737 specimens for a total of 21,017,929. 

As of Thursday night, 1,808 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 369 patients were in the ICU and 163 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from April 2-8, 2021 is 4.2%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from April 2-8, 2021 is 4.8%.

“We are seeing hospitalizations going up, it’s very challenging. I watch the numbers every day and I’m hypersensitive to what direction the state is going and what we need to do next,” Gov. JB Pritzker said Friday at a news conference.

Along with the sustained upward trend of new cases and hospitalizations, the state has also seen sustained increases in vaccines administered, with over 164,000 shots given Thursday, a record-high.

The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses for Illinois is 8,841,285. This number includes doses allocated for the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities, which effectively has ended. 

A total of 6,871,645 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight.  The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 118,336 doses. 

Vaccine eligibility will expand to anyone ages 16 and up on Monday in suburban Cook County, joining the rest of Illinois and excluding the city of Chicago.

The city of Chicago will see the same expansion of vaccine eligibility on April 19, although Chicagoans eager for a vaccine can still travel out of the city or even to Gary, Indiana for a vaccine appointment.

On Thursday, a record 164,462 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

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