The total number of cases in Illinois now stands at 1,144,281, with a total of 19,585 deaths, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 90,295 specimens for a total of 16,555,035.
As of Friday night, 2,271 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 485 patients were in the ICU and 246 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Jan. 30-Feb. 5 is 4.2%.
First case of COVID-19 variant identified in Lake County
The first case of a COVID-19 variant was reported in Lake County, according to a statement from the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center.
The statement said this B.1.1.7 variant was first identified in the United Kingdom. Lake County Health officials said the person infected recently traveled internationally and quarantined upon return.
“We expect to see more cases of these new variants in Lake County as they seem to spread more easily and quickly than other variants,” said Dr. Sana Ahmed, Medical Epidemiologist for the Lake County Health Department.
At this time, studies suggest that the currently available COVID-19 vaccines will be effective against the new strains, the statement said.
A total of 1,635,925 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago, with an additional 496,100 doses allocated to federal government partners for long-term care facilities, bringing the total number delivered in Illinois to 2,132,025.
IDPH reports that a total of 1,294,498 vaccine doses have been administered, including 188,351 at long-term facilities. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is 49,909.
The IDPH says that vaccine distribution numbers are reported in real-time and vaccine administration numbers lag by as much as 72 hours.
Coronavirus testing sites in Chicago will be closed for “inclement weather,” starting Friday.
City-operated testing sites will remain closed from Friday until Wednesday, according to a notification from the city.
Thursday’s storm will be followed by a deep freeze that’ll stretch into next week. Temperatures may not rise above the single digits, and wind chills may reach minus 30 degrees in what city officials called an “arctic blast.”
Anyone who needs testing in the next few days should contact their healthcare provider.
“Honestly, from a safety perspective, we don’t want the staff and the volunteers potentially being exposed,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, CDPH. “And there are walk-up availabilities at the site. We don’t want people walking up.”
Frigid conditions also prompted The Loretto Hospital on the West Side to move its walk-up testing indoors.
“We’re actually converting our ground floor physical therapy room, which is pretty big and very spacious, into a COVID testing area,” said Afya Khan, infection control practitioner at The Loretto Hospital.
The city’s vaccination sites, which operate indoors, will remain open, as will the mass vaccination site at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake. Officials there said the need to rotate staff frequently out of the cold could cause delays.
Northwestern University Professor Hani Mahmassani, an expert in transportation and logistics, said vaccination clinics are likely to see some no-shows.
“There will be issues in staffing,” she explained, “and also no-shows in terms of the patients. And in some cases, you do not want patients to come out in this weather, especially for some older folks who are the current group being vaccinated.”
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The deaths reported Saturday include:
– Champaign County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s
– Clay County: 1 female 80s
– Cook County: 3 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 5 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 5 males 80s, 2 males 90s
– DeKalb County: 1 female 80s
– DuPage County: 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s
– Edgar County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s
– Jackson County: 1 male 90s
– Jefferson County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
– Johnson County: 1 male 80s
– Kane County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
– Lake County: 1 male 70s