Illinois officials report 1,577 new COVID-19 cases, 47 deaths Tuesday

Officials say stat will receive 83,000 of J & J vaccine
COVID-19 in Illinois
COVID-19 in Illinois(Associated Press)
Published: Mar. 2, 2021 at 4:32 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KWQC) -The Illinois Department of Public Health Tuesday reported 1,577 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 47 additional deaths.

That brings the total number of cases to 1,189,416 and 20,583 deaths since the pandemic began. As of Monday night, 1,231 people were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 281 patients were in the intensive care unit, and 148 people were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests is 2.4%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity is 2.8%.

IDPH reported the state would receive 83,000 doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine by Wednesday.

Unlike the currently available Pfizer and Moderna doses, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one shot and can be stored at much higher temperatures, according to IDPH. Like Pfizer and Moderna, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 100% effective in protecting recipients against death and hospitalization.

The vast majority of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – more than 90% – will be distributed to mass vaccination sites throughout the state, IDPH said. The remaining doses will be shipped to other providers across the state.

These doses are in addition to the approximate 288,000 doses the federal government allocated to Illinois this week.  The total does not include doses for Chicago, which will receive its own allocation, IDPH said.

“As Dr. 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,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a media release. “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 reported a total of 2,817,892 vaccines had been administered statewide, and 866,132 people, 6.8% of the population, are fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 80,416 doses, the highest seven-day rolling average to date, IDPH said.

On Monday, 61,061 doses were administered in Illinois.

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