CHICAGO, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker held a briefing on Illinois’ response to COVID-19 at 12 p.m. on Friday, January 21.
Illinois moves to Phase 1B of vaccine plan
Governor Pritzker announced the state will move into the early stages of Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Plan starting on Monday, January 25.
While federal vaccine shipments to states remain limited, the state is building out provider capacity to ensure the vaccine is distributed efficiently as more become available.
“Illinois is building capacity so that as the vaccine supply increases, we will be ready,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “As the nation awaits greater supplies and we ramp up vaccination sites, every Illinoisan can do their part to fight this pandemic with the tools we know to work – masking and distancing – and over the last 8 weeks we’ve all used those tools and made real progress. Enormous sacrifices are being made to achieve this progress, but those sacrifices are making a real difference.”
More than 3.2 million Illinoisans are eligible for Phase 1B.
Eligible residents will be able to receive a vaccine at one of the Illinois National Guard assisted sites, at a site operated by a local health department or at a partner pharmacy.
Governor Pritzker said Walgreens is now online in limited number of sites statewide. CVS and Jewel-Osco will be coming online early next week and additional pharmacies such as Hy-Vee, Mariano’s and Kroger will be joining later next week. Taken together, these pharmacy partners will provide hundreds of sites in every region of the state.
At this time, these sites will be available by appointment only.
As the federal supply of vaccines increases and Illinois receives more vaccines, the state will launch walk-in locations and expand sites to additional providers like doctor’s offices and urgent care clinics.
More information about those locations will be released in the coming weeks.
In addition, more than 18 state and federal agencies, including the Ill. National Guard, the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency personnel who could be assisting in COVID-19 response will be vaccinated at McCormick Place in Chicago and the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield.
These sites are not open to the public at this time.
Sports Guidance under Phase 4
Working alongside the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois State Board of Education, IDPH also announced sports guidance for all youth and adult recreational sports under Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.
Sports guidance under Phase 4 expands the level of play allowed for all sports to allow play at the intra-conference, region or league levels.
The state urges all Illinois residents to continue following guidance aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a mask, reducing interactions outside the household, practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.
The governor said IDPH will continue to closely monitor test positivity, ICU bed availability and the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19.
Should data show regions trending in the wrong direction, based on the established mitigation metrics, regions could once again find themselves in a higher tier with increased measures.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 7,042 new cases of COVID-19, including 95 additional deaths, on Friday, January 22.
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,093,375 cases, including 18,615 deaths.
IDPH reported a total of 15,209,516 tests for the virus have been conducted in the state.
As of Thursday night, 3,179 people 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 test positivity from January 15-21 is 6.2 percent.
Starting on Friday, IDPH said it adjusted reporting probably 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 included both confirmed and probable cases.
Currently, 922,325 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois. In addition, about 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 reporting a total of 616,677 vaccines administered, including 93,683 for long-term care facilities. On Thursday, a total of 44,288 doses were administered.
The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 24,190 doses.