Illinois COVID update today: IL reports 1,997 new coronavirus cases, 19 deaths; Phase 4 changes expected this week

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 Illinois COVID update today: IL reports 1,997 new coronavirus cases, 19 deaths;  Phase 4 changes expected this week


CHICAGO (WLS) – Officials are working on a new phased reopening plan as the state of Illinois set another vaccination record on Monday, with a 7-day average now above 100,000 doses per day. Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported 1997 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 19 deaths.
It comes as Chicago is set to announce a March 29 start date for the next round of vaccination. In 1C, the most essential workers are eligible – including those in hospitality, construction, law, banking, and the media – as are Chicagoans aged 16 to 64 with severe health conditions.

“Generally speaking, if you have an underlying disease, you can get the vaccine in April or May,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, director of the Chicago Dept. of Public Health.

Suburban county health departments have yet to announce a date for their next phase.

“As we have vaccines available, we will of course be opening appointments for other groups,” Cook County Board Chairman Toni Preckwinkle said.

And new details are emerging on how Governor JB Pritzker is seeking to reopen Illinois further. He is expected to announce how Phase 4 will be changed later this week.

It’s a plan that could bring good news for the hospitality industry and others, including those looking to finally host that wedding they have had to postpone for the past year or so.

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Valerie Agosto and her fiance Aristotle Ybarra are planning a wedding at the Danada house in Wheaton on May 13. If they have to be inside, that would limit them to just 50 people, only half of their guest list.

“I hope we will, this is something I would love to see, turn around, just because it’s really important for my family to be there, and his family and just to be able to celebrate together. , Agosto mentioned.

Governor Pritzker and his team are still working on the details of the Phase 4 change, but industry groups have bombarded the governor with suggestions – and vaccinations could be a key.

At Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe in Darien, the banquet halls have been lonely places this year. The pandemic has put a damper on things like wedding receptions which, besides being a time of celebration, can be a big economic boost for the place.

The governor’s changes could allow more people to congregate.

“I think for the banquet hall it’s a big deal because at the moment we can only have 50 people, and there are so many weddings saved that people want, they postponed them. I’ve had people carry over, four times already, ”said Chuck Pine, Executive Chef Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café.

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The governor is also seriously considering changes that would allow conventions like the Chicago Auto Show and other conferences that have been canceled over the past year to happen, according to people familiar with the conversations. It would also be a boost for the hospitality industry, which has suffered a lot.

Several mayors’ organizations also pushed the governor’s team to consider adding the regional vaccination rate to the parameters of the reopening plan.

“Let’s say in DuPage County we reach 25% of the vaccinated population, you will see a corresponding decrease in the positivity rate, you will see a corresponding increase in available intensive care beds,” Darien Mayor Joseph Marchese said. .

On Friday, he officially pitched the idea to the governor’s office during a Zoom presentation on behalf of the Metropolitan Mayor’s Conference. He said they were okay with it.

“It gives people hope that they can watch something and say if we go to that level we will have it now,” Marchese said.

There is still no significant increase in federal vaccine shipments. Next week’s combined allocation to Illinois and Chicago is just 1% higher than this week’s and 8% higher than last week’s deliveries, according to CDC data.

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The IDPH has reported a total of 1,212,110 COVID-19 cases, including 20,973 deaths, since the start of the pandemic.

As of Monday evening, 1,152 patients in Illinois were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19. Of these, 250 patients were in intensive care and 124 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.RELATED: Illinois Coronavirus Test: Where To Get Tested For COVID-19 In The Illinois, Chicago Area

In the past 24 hours, labs reported testing 51,240 samples for a total of 19,221,483 since the start of the pandemic.

The state-wide seven-day pre-test positivity from March 9 to 15 is 2.6 percent.

A total of 4,982,225 doses of vaccine were delivered to suppliers in Illinois, including Chicago, with an additional 414,900 doses allocated to federal partners for long-term care facilities, bringing the total number to administered in Illinois at 5,397,125.

The IDPH reports that a total of 4,181,097 doses of vaccine were administered, including 356,427 in long-term facilities. The seven-day moving average of vaccines administered is 102,564.

Deaths reported on Tuesday include:
-Cook County: 1 woman 40 years old, 1 woman 60 years old, 2 men 60 years old, 1 woman 70 years old, 3 men 70 years old, 1 man 80 years old, 1 man 90 years old
-DuPage County: 1 male from the 70s
-Madison County: 1 woman from the 1960s, 1 woman from the 1990s
-Ogle County: 1 man from the 1960s
– Rock Island County: 1 woman from the 1970s
-St. Clair County: 1 man from the 1960s
-Will County: 1 60s woman, 1 70s man
-County of Winnebago: 1 man from the 90s

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