Illinois COVID 19 Update: IL reports 4,342 new coronavirus cases, 69 deaths; Pritzker outlines the state’s vaccine plan

Illinois COVID 19 Update: IL reports 4,342 new coronavirus cases, 69 deaths; Pritzker outlines the state's vaccine plan
Chicago (WLS) – Illinois public health officials announced 4,342 new cases of COVID-19, along with 69 additional deaths on Wednesday.

This is the largest number of COVID-19-related deaths in a single day reported in Illinois since June 17.

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois is now 355,217, with 9,345 deaths, according to IDPH.

Over the course of 24 hours, officials said the country processed 66,791 samples for a total of 6950105. The seven-day positive rate from October 14 to October 20 is 5.7%. It is the fifteenth day in a row that the rate of positivity has increased.

As of Tuesday night, 2,338 people have been hospitalized in Illinois with COVID-19, with 502 in the intensive care unit and 194 on ventilators.

The number of deaths reported is the highest since June 17, when 87 deaths were announced.

The deaths reported on Wednesday include:
Christian County: 1 female in the 1980s
Clark County: One Male in the 1990s
Clay County: One male in the 1980s
Clinton County: 1 male 80s
– Cook County: 2 females in the 1960s, 2 males 60 years old, 2 males 70 years old, 3 females in the 1980s, 1 male in the 1980s, 1 female in the 1990s, 2 males in the 1990s
DuPage County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
Fayette County: 1st male of the 80s
Ford County: 1 male in the 1950s, 1 female in the 1990s
Franklin County: 1 male in the 1980s, 1 male in the 1990s
Fulton County: One male in the 1990s
Hancock County: One Male in the 1960s
Jackson County: One Male in the 1970s

– Kane County: 1 Male 50, 1 Female 80s
Kendall County: 1 male in the 1980s, 1 male in the 1990s
Knox County: 1 female 50, 1 female 70, 1 male 90
Lake County: 1 female, in the 1970s
Macon County: 1 female, in the 1990s
Madison County: One Male in the 1980s
Marion County: 2 males in the 1970s, 1 male in the 1980s
McDonough County: 1 female in the 1980s
– Peoria County: 1 female in the 40s, 1 female in the 1970s, and 1 female in the 1980s
Richland County: One Male in the 1980s
Salin County: 2 female 80s
Sangamon County: One male in the 1980s
Shelby County: 1 female in the 1960s, 1 male in the 1970s
Saint Clair County: 1 male 80s and 1 male 90s
Vermilion County: 1 female, in the 1970s
Whiteside County: 2 male 80s, 1 female 90s
– Will County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 80s

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Williamson County: 1 female in the 1990s
– Winnebago County: 1 male in the 1960s, 1 male in the 1970s, 1 female in the 1980s, 1 female in the 1990s, 1 female +100
Woodford County: Two females in the 1990s, one male in the 1990s

A month after the US Food and Drug Administration revealed its plan to release the COVID-19 vaccine to the population for free as soon as it becomes available, Governor J.B. Pritzker released his own plan for Illinois on Wednesday.

“We will look independently at the matter and ensure that everything we distribute in the state will be safe,” said Governor Pritzker.

The governor’s decision to form an independent team of experts to ensure the eventual safety of the vaccine is in line with what New York and California announced in recent days. And while politics may be involved in the decision, infectious disease experts said the operation will help ensure people want the vaccine.

“It’s really important because things came very quickly to make sure they were evaluated,” said Dr. Susan Blisdall, UI Health’s medical director for infection prevention. “You have to look at this and decide how it applies to my sick population? It has to be done statewide.”

Admittedly, the governor’s vaccination plan is low on detail. There is still much that is not known, such as the company’s vaccine or which vaccines will be approved first, how many doses it will need, and how it will be stored.

But one thing has been clarified: It will not be available to the general population for at least several months after its introduction.

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“There will be limited doses that will be available when we get the first batch and then production will increase after that, but for that primary group, health care workers will definitely be the first,” said Dr. Ngozi Iziki, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Governor Pritzker resumed his daily briefings at the Thomson Center Tuesday afternoon, announcing that the Kane, Doug, Will and Kankakee counties will return to “resurgence mitigation measures” on Friday.

The decline was triggered when the four counties that make up Districts 7 and 8 reported positive rates on the roll-test above 8% for the third day in a row, Pritzker said. The positivity rate is alarming and is 9% in Zone 8 (Kane and Dobig) and 8.6% in Zone 7 (Kankakee and Will).

Starting Friday, there will be no in-house service in bars or restaurants and all bars, restaurants and casinos must be closed by 11 p.m. In addition, all gatherings will be limited to 25 people or 25% capacity, whichever is less. Pritzker said the restrictions will remain in effect for at least 14 days.

The move, targeting bars and restaurants, comes a day after Chicago officials announced that these companies were not behind this recent increase in the number of cases in the city. Instead, city health officials have pointed the finger at home gatherings. But Governor Pritzker insisted that the move was not arbitrary.

Governor Pritzker said, “We didn’t choose it just because it looked good or because we wanted to do it.” “This is because all the studies done on bars and restaurants show that these are important spread sites.”

“We will not let people go to school. We allow local health departments and school administrators to determine what is right for themselves about the school. As far as the workplace is concerned, there are people who cannot work from home,” said Dr. Ngozi Iziki, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health: I have to go to work, so the next thing we can actually work on are bars and restaurants. “

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In Will County, this will be the third time that indoor bar and restaurant service has been shut down. Some business owners fear this will be their last business. For Thayer Bros. Deli & Grill in Joliet, it’s the latest setback in a year of struggle.

“I don’t know if this is just another nail in the coffin. I see places that close left and right,” said Coffin Owner Rick Thayer. “I definitely feel like they’re overpowering us so hard.”

But will these dilutions – already imposed on Will and Kankakee counties in late August – be effective? Especially since health officials are now saying that home gatherings are driving this new increase?

“Why do we do this when it doesn’t really help?” The state delegate asked Margot McDermid, R. Frankfurt. “We need to be more targeted. We know more now than we did in March. Why stay with the same procedures when we can have more sophisticated, refined and targeted procedures?”

“I think there might be a chance we won’t survive in the second round, which is overwhelming for me,” said Casey Hogg, owner of Six + Cypress store in Batavia.

The same restrictions already exist in Zone 1, which covers northwestern Illinois. Zone 5, which covers southern Illinois, will begin imposing new restrictions on COVID-19 on Thursday.

The new restrictions will be reassessed two weeks from now depending on how the positivity rates for DuPage, Kane, Will and Kankakee respond.

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