April 17, 2021

Illinois to receive 83,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Wednesday; 1,577 new virus cases announced

Illinois will receive about 371,000 total vaccine doses from the federal government this week

The newly approved one-dose Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine will reach Illinois by Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

IDPH announced that about 83,000 doses will be distributed to the state this week. These doses are in addition to the about 288,000 doses the federal government allocated to Illinois this week. More than 90% of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine allocation will be distributed to mass vaccination sites throughout the state. The remaining doses will be shipped to other providers across the state.

This total does not include doses for the city of Chicago, which will receive its own allocation.

“As Dr. [Anthony] Fauci and many medical experts have pointed out time and again, we are so fortunate to have three effective vaccines that are proven to fully protect against death and hospitalization,” said IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike. “The new Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be distributed for use at mass vaccination sites across the state, so that we are maximizing their capacity and getting as many eligible Illinoisans vaccinated as possible so that we can win the race against the new virus variants and end this pandemic.”

IDPH also reported 1,577 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 47 additional deaths Tuesday, and a total of 2,817,892 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate stayed flat at 2.4%. The state received the results of 56,181 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,189,416 total cases of the virus, and 20,583 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 18,234,668 tests since the start of the pandemic.

The state also is now reporting 69 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7, or United Kingdom, variant, and one confirmed case of the B.1.351, or South African, variant.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 1,231 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 281 were in intensive care units, and 148 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Tuesday, IDPH reported a total of 3,630,085 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 2,817,892 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 866,132 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 6.80%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

There can be as much as a 72-hour delay in reporting from healthcare providers on vaccines administered.

In northern Illinois, here is the percentage of the population fully vaccinated by county:

Chicago: 6.37%

Suburban Cook: 6.62%

Lake: 5.06%

McHenry: 4.44%

DuPage: 6.82%

Kane: 4.31%

Will: 5.08%

Kendall: 7.53%

La Salle: 7.09%

Grundy: 5.71%

DeKalb: 4.98%

Ogle: 5.99%

Lee: 7.54%

Whiteside: 6.85%

Bureau: 6.30%

Regional update: Currently, all 11 of the state’s health regions are in Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan.

Phase 5 in Illinois – all sectors of the economy reopen with businesses, schools, and recreation resuming normal operations with new safety guidance and procedures – comes when “either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period,” according to the state’s Restore Illinois plan.

Regional data from the IDPH remains on a three-day lag.

Confused about the different tiers and phases of the governor’s COVID-19 response? Read how a region can advance through the tiers and into Phase 4 here.

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen 38 consecutive days under 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.4%. Currently, 31% of ICU beds are available.

The region has never dropped below the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability since tracking began.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 5.0%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.9%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 41 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.4%. Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 79 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 3.7% and DuPage County is at 3.3%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for eight out of the last 10 days in this region.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 43 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.6%. Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 61 consecutive days under the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the past 10 days in this region.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties) has maintained a positivity rate under 8% for 46 days. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 2.1%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

The region has seen 79 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased to 2.0%, Lee County’s rate stayed flat at 0.5%, and Whiteside County’s stayed flat at 3.4%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the past 10 days in this region.

The North-Central region (Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties) has seen 47 days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 2.9%.

Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available. The region has 67 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability. Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for nine out of the last 10 days in this region.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 2.7%.

Chicago has seen 41 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate is 3.0%.

Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available. The region has 79 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

Suburban Cook County has seen 41 days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.4%.

Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available. The region has 60 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

To see how other regions across the state are doing, see the full IDPH dashboard here.

Newly reported deaths include:

• Alexander County: 1 female 70s

• Clay County: 1 male 70s

• Cook County: 2 teens, 2 males 50s, 2 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 3 males 90s

• DuPage County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

• Jefferson County: 1 male 40s

• Jersey County: 1 male 60s

• Kane County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

• Lake County: 1 male 90s

• McLean County: 1 female 90s

• St. Clair County: 1 male 50s

• Union County: 1 male 70s

• Vermilion County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s

• Wayne County: 1 male 70s

• Will County: 1 female 70s

John Sahly

John Sahly is the digital editor for the Shaw Media Local News Network. He has been with Shaw Media since 2008, previously serving as the Northwest Herald's digital editor, and the Daily Chronicle sports editor and sports reporter.