Region 1 not ready to move to Phase 4 as positivity rate exceeds 6.5% on Friday

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — After two consecutive days below the 6.5% testing positivity rate threshold, Region 1 had a positivity rate of 6.6% on Friday, meaning the territory will not be able to advance to Phase 4 for at least 4 more days.

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that, with the move of Region 4 to Tier 2 mitigations, all 11 of the state’s regions have been moved out of Tier 3.

“With all regions of Illinois now out of Tier 3, we can now see that the entire state is headed down the right path,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “During the summer, we were on this same path.  We know that we must continue to take precautions and be smart about how we relax some of the mitigation measures, which are in place to protect our health and safety.”

The next step would be to move regions into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. To do this, a region must meet the following criteria:

o Test positivity rate = 6.5% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o Staffed ICU bed availability = 20% for three consecutive days (7-day average); AND
o No sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital (7-day average for 7 of 10 days)

Region 1’s 7-day rolling positivity average: 6.6%

Boone: 10.6% UP  
Carroll: 4.7% UP
DeKalb: 11.4% UP 
Jo Daviess: 7.5% UP 
Lee: 1.1% Down 
Ogle: 4.8% UP
Stephenson: 4.4% Even
Whiteside: 5.8% UP 
Winnebago: 7.5% UP 

At a press briefing today, Gov. Pritzker praised the new federal coronavirus plan set in motion by a series of executive orders signed by President Joe Biden, saying, “It finally feels like help is on the way.”

Pritzker noted that Biden has implemented the Defense Production Act, a Cold War-era law which enables the federal government to instruct businesses to switch production lines to materials which would benefit the war effort, something that Pritzker had advocated for.

Pritzker said Illinois residents who qualify for Phase 1B vaccinations, which includes those over 65, can begin receiving the vaccine on Monday, January 25th.

The governor said the vaccines will be made available at retail pharmacy chains, Illinois National Guard mobile sites, state-run mass vaccination clinics, hospitals and urgent care locations, doctor’s offices, and large employers.

Pritzker said vaccines will be administered by appointment only until supplies make walk-in options available.

Winnebago County has been preparing to move into Phase 1B, which includes police and fire personnel, teachers, persons over 65-years-old, some manufacturing, inmates, the postal service, public transit, delivery drivers, grocery store workers, and more, accounting for two-thirds of the county’s population.

The Winnebago County Health Department has set up an online vaccine registration website.

Health departments in Ogle, Lee, and Stephenson counties have followed suit.

Boone County residents can fill out an online interest form. Officials will then send a link to register for a vaccine appointment at a later date.

Today the IDPH reported 7,042 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 95 additional deaths.

  • Adams County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Coles County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 50s, 3 males 50s, 8 females 60s, 9 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 11 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 1 male 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Hancock County: 1 male 80s
  • Kane County: 1 male 60s, 2 females 80s
  • Lake County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s
  • Madison County: 1 female 80s
  • Marshall County: 1 female 70s
  • McHenry County: 1 female 70s
  • McLean County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
  • Montgomery County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Ogle County: 1 male 60s
  • Peoria County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
  • Piatt County: 1 male 90s
  • Randolph County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Richland County: 1 female 60s
  • Rock Island County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • St. Clair County: 2 males 80s, 3 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Washington County: 1 male 80s
  • Will County: 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 90s
  • Woodford County: 1 male 70s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,093,375 cases, including 18,615 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 125,831 specimens for a total 15,209,516. As of last night, 3,179 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 661 patients were in the ICU and 348 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from January 15–21, 2021 is 5.0%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from January 15–21, 2021 is 6.2%.

Beginning today, IDPH has adjusted reporting probable cases, which caused an artificial one day increase in cases of 1,903. Previously, only confirmed deaths were included in the total case count. However, the total case count includes both confirmed and probable cases. Therefore, probable deaths are now being included in the total case count. Confirmed deaths and probable deaths will still be reported separately.

As of last night, 922,325 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago. In addition, approximately 524,050 doses have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities. This brings the total Illinois doses to 1,446,375. IDPH is currently reporting a total of 616,677 vaccines administered, including 93,683 for long-term care facilities. Yesterday, a total of 44,288 doses were administered. The 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 24,190 doses.

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