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Timeline: COVID-19 cases in the state of Illinois

Published: Mar. 15, 2021 at 3:30 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2021 at 12:59 PM CDT
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Ill. (KWQC) - It has been over a year since COVID-19 hit the United States and began to affect the TV6 viewing area.

Here is a timeline of events starting on February 28, 2020. This is data from the state of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Public Health on their tracking positive cases, negative cases and deaths in the state.

Illinois:

  • 1/24 - IDPH announces Chicago has announced its first local patient with travel-related COVID case.
    • Health officials reassure the general public the risk of the virus spreading still remains low.
  • 1/30 - IDPH announces second case of COVID-19.
    • He is the spouse of the first confirmed case. Officials say he had not traveled overseas but interacted with his wife upon her return from China.
    • This is the first case in the United States of person-to-person spread of the virus.
  • 2/11 - The state of Illinois becomes the first state in the U.S. to be able to conduct testing for COVID-19 in the state.
  • 2/12 - The CDC confirms IDPH should continue to provide in-state testing for COVID-19.
  • 2/26 - Illinois announces current risk to Illinoisans remains low, but the state begins taking steps to prepare.
    • IDPH begins conducting hospital assessments to determine all available capacity in the event more people need medical care.
  • 3/5 - IDPH announces the fifth case of COVID in the state, testing labs in Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale are fully operational as state officials coordinate a robust response.
  • 3/8 - IDPH announces new presumptive cases and advises the public on important preventative actions.
  • 3/9 - Gov. Pritzker issues Disaster Proclamation.
  • 3/11 - IDPH addresses COVID, announces World Health Organization has characterized it as a pandemic.
    • Gov. Pritzker restricts visitors at nursing homes.
  • 3/14 - State officials identify the first case associated with a long-term care facility.
  • 3/16 - Closing of bars and restaurants for on-site consumption.
  • 3/17 - Illinois announces schools to go to remote learning. IDPH announces first death due to COVID in the state.
    • Officials announced they are monitoring an outbreak at a long-term care facility in DuPage County.
  • 3/20 - IDPH announces 150+ cases, state total of confirmed cases is now at 585.
    • Officials say they are working to increase testing capacity by working with state hospitals to implement testing within their facilities as cases continuously rise.
  • 3/21 - Gov. Pritzker issues a Stay at Home order.
  • 3/22 - IDPH announces nearly 300 new cases, bringing state total to 1,049 cases.
    • Health officials say it is still unknown at this time if a pregnant woman can pass COVID-19 to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery.
  • 3/25 - IDPH announces they now have 1,865 confirmed cases in the state and announces correctional facilities impacted.
    • Two correctional officers and one man incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center have tested positive as well as a contractual worker at Sheridan Correctional Center. Those who have been exposed are quarantining.
  • 3/28 - IDPH announces the first death of an infant due to COVID-19.
    • “There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.
    • The infant was younger than the age of 1.
  • April - IDPH starts to announce 1,000+ cases multiple times throughout the month. As of April 12 cases surpass 20,000.
    • Two weeks later the cases rise to 43,903 cases.
  • May - Gov. Pritzker announces a five-phase plan to reopening the state of Illinois safely.
  • 5/28 - IDPH files emergency rules mandating long-term care facilities to comply with infection control practices.
    • This includes testing all residents and staff for COVID-19.
    • The state has provided 45,000 testing kits to 170 long-term care facilities.
  • 6/2 - Community-based testing sites to reopen in Illinois.
    • Ten of the 11 state-managed Community Based Testing Sites will resume normal operations.
  • 6/4 - State announces Community Based testing sites now open to all.
    • Expanded criteria now allows anyone to get tested, regardless of symptoms.
    • State’s confirmed cases have risen to 124,759 confirmed cases and 5,736 deaths.
  • 6/26 - IDPH provides Phase 4 guidance for swimming facilities.
  • 7/3 - Gov. Pritzker, Dr. Ezike urge businesses to comply with public health measures, caution residents against unsafe behaviors over the holiday weekend.
  • 7/18 - IDPH reports for the third consecutive day the state has reported 40,000 tested specimens. Reported total of 46,099 sets record of COVID-19 tests reported in 24 hours.
  • 7/20 - COVID-19 Region 4 hits 7% positivity as IDPH urges local businesses to follow public health guidance.
  • 7/24 - Four Illinois counties at warning level for COVID-19, state hits more than 44,000 tests in one day.
    • IDPH said the counties entered the warning level when two or more COVID-19 risk indicators measure the amount of COVID-19 increase.
  • 7/31 - IDPH announces state hits more than 49,000 tests in one day, 11 counties in the state are at warning level for COVID-19.
    • IDPH is also responding to limited test processing delay at some community-based and mobile testing sites.
  • 8/4 - IDPH issues reminder about the importance of vaccinations during COVID-19.
  • 8/5 - IDPH says the state is reporting more than 46,000 tests in one day.
  • 8/7 - IDPH says 13 counties in the state are at warning level for COVID-19.
  • 8/14 - IDPH announces 14 counties are at warning level for COVID-19.
    • IDPH also announces Metro East is trending close to hitting resurgence metrics with increasing test positivity rates.
  • 8/16 - IDPH announces Region 4 mitigation measures.
  • 8/17 - IDPH launches travel map to provide guidance on travel risk.
    • The map shows U.S. states and country case rates to help keep travelers informed.
  • 8/19 - IDPH announces the state has reported more than 50,000 tests in one day.
  • 8/21 - IDPH announces independent review of Long-Term Care Bureau in response to delay in complaint investigations during pandemic.
    • IDPH also announced 20 counties in the state are now at warning level for COVID-19.
  • 8/25 - IDPH announces Region 7 mitigation measures.
  • 8/27 - IDPH highlights the importance of getting tested amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Administration has increased testing capacity to an average of 50,000 a day.
  • 8/28 - IDPH announces 30 counties are at warning level for COVID-19.
    • Number of counties has increased by 10.
    • IDPH also provided guidance for state polling locations.
  • 9/4 - IDPH addresses data processing system slowdown, says it has been fixed.
    • IDPH also announces 29 counties are now at warning level of COVID-19.
  • 9/6 - IDPH announces state is approaching 250,000 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.
  • 9/7 - IDPH announces state has surpassed 250,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
    • 250,961 confirmed cases, 8,179 deaths reported (total).
  • 9/11 - IDPH announces 30 counties are now at warning level for COVID-19.
  • 9/18 - IDPH announces 24 counties are now at warning level for COVID-19.
  • 9/19 - IDPH announces more than five million COVID-19 tests in the state.
  • 9/24 - IDPH emphasizes the importance of getting a flu shot amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 9/25 - IDPH sees a decrease in counties at warning level for COVID-19, reports 17 counties at warning level.
  • 9/30 - IDPH issues COVID-19 Halloween festivities guidance.
    • The 3 W’s apply; wash your hands, watch your distance and wear your mask.
    • IDPH officials warns Region 6 may have additional mitigation measures coming.
  • 10/2 - IDPH says 28 counties now at warning level for COVID-19.
  • 10/6 - IDPH urges residents to get flu shot amid COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 10/7 - IDPH announces state has reached more than 6 million COVID-19 tests.
  • 10/9 - IDPH announces 26 counties are now at warning level for COVID-19.
  • 10/13 - IDPH says state now has more than 9,000 COVID-19 associated deaths reported.
  • 10/14 - IDPH announces they have made an adjustment to Region 6 data reporting.
    • IDPH also issues COVID-19 holiday season safety tips, asks residents to consider alternatives.
  • 10/15 - IDPH says after reporting 67,000 tests, they are reporting their highest one-day COVID-19 case total, 4,015 new cases.
  • 10/16 - IDPH announces 34 counties are at warning level for COVID-19.
  • 10/22 - IDPH announces there will be free COVID-19 testing at Aquatic Zoo in Mt. Vernon.
    • Officials announced more than 7 million tests have been reported in the state.
  • 10/23 - IDPH announces 51 counties are now at warning level for COVID-19.
  • 10/30 - Officials announce 49 counties at warning level, new daily testing high of 95,111.
  • 11/2 - Free COVID-19 testing is available at state mobile testing sites in Northern, Southern and Central Illinois.
  • 11/5 - Health officials have announced more than 10,000 COVID-9 deaths in the state.
  • 11/6 - IDPH announces 75 counties in the state are now at warning level.
  • 11/13 - IDPH reports record one-day testing high with more than 106,000 COVID tests reported.
  • 11/14 - IDPH reports record one-day testing high with more than 114,000 COVID tests reported.
  • 11/17 - Officials announce Tier 3 resurgence mitigations to take effect statewide on Friday following sharp increase of cases.
  • 11/18 - IDPH reports more than 11,000 COVID-19 deaths total and 600,000 cases reported in the state.
  • 11/19 - IDPH reports more than 6,000 people in the hospital with COVID-19.
  • 11/25 - IDPH reports state surpasses 10 million COVID-19 tests.
  • 12/2 - IDPH reports greatest number of deaths reported in 24 hours since the start of the pandemic.
    • 9,757 cases reported, 238 additional deaths reported.
  • 12/3 - State community-based testing site moves to St. Clair Square in Metro East.
  • 12/28 - More than 16,000 COVID-19 deaths have been reported since the pandemic.
  • 12/30 - State community-based testing sites move to new location in Rockford, one moves to Chicago.
  • 12/31 - State, IDPH, monitoring new COVID-19 variant.
    • State increases surveillance for new variant.
  • 1/2/21 - IDPH says due to the holiday numbers may be low.
  • 1/6/21 - Statewide mask mandate is extended.
  • 1/7/21 - More than 1 million cases of COVID-19 reported in the state.
  • 1/12/21 - Illinois averages 24,200 vaccines administered daily for past 7 days.
  • 1/15/21 - IDPH and Chicago confirm first case of COVID-19 variant seen in the United Kingdom.
  • 1/16/21 - IDPH announces Region 5 moves into Tier 1 mitigation - limits indoor dining.
    • IDPH also announces 471,157 doses of the vaccine have been administered.
  • 1/17/21 - Region 2 moves into Tier 1 mitigation, limits indoor dining.
  • 1/18/21 - Regions across Illinois advance tiers as state launches surge staffing program to support hospitals in expanding capacity.
  • 1/19/21 - More than half a million vaccines have been administered in the state.
  • 1/21/21 - Region 6 moves to Phase 4 and Region 7 advances to Tier 1.
  • 1/22/21 - Regions 4 moves to Tier 2, all regions out of Tier 3 mitigations.
  • 1/23/21 - Regions 10 and 11 move to Tier 1.
  • 1/24/21 - Regions 1 and 2 on track to move to Phase 4.
  • 1/25/21 - Free COVID-19 testing available at state mobile testing sites in Northern, Central and Southern Illinois.
    • Regions 1 and 2 move to Phase 4.
    • Eight new cases of new variant reported in the state.
  • 1/26/21 - Regions 8 and 9 move to Tier 1.
    • Hy-Vee pharmacies are partnering with Illinois to provide vaccinations.
  • 1/29/21 - Third straight day of record-high number of vaccines administered with more than 58,000 doses administered in 24 hours.
  • 1/31/21 - Region 11 moves to Phase 4.
  • 2/1/21 - Region 7 moves to Phase 4.
    • More than 40 COVID-19 vaccination locations added in the past week.
  • 2/2/21 - Region 10 moves to Phase 4.
    • More than 1 million vaccines have been administered in the state.
  • 2/3/21 - Regions 8 and 9 have moved to Phase 4.
    • Illinois Dept. of Human Services deploys teams to help vaccine long-term care residents and staff as quickly as possible.
    • New vaccination record - more than 65,000 doses administered in one day.
  • 2/3/21 - Region 4 moves to Phase 4.
    • Walgreens adds 78 additional vaccine locations.
  • 2/5/21 - One-day vaccination record of almost 75,000 vaccinations.
  • 2/8/21 - Free COVID testing available at state mobile testing sites in Northern, Central and Southern Illinois.
  • 2/9/21 - Vaccinations have nearly doubled from a week ago.
  • 2/10/21 - Meijer and Walmart now offering vaccines at limited number of stores.
    • Illinois is on track to administer more than 1.5 million doses of vaccine.
  • 2/11/21 - More than 300 new vaccination locations added.
    • Federal vaccine allocations going directly to some pharmacies.
    • More than 1.5 million doses of vaccine administered in the state.
    • First case of B.1.351 COVID-19 variant in Illinois detected.
  • 2/12/21 - Record-breaking 95,000 doses of vaccine administered yesterday; 10% of Illinoisans vaccinated.
  • 2/13/21 - IDPH announces highest 7-day rolling average for vaccine doses administered.
    • IDPH also announced they are working with local health departments to balance first and second doses.
  • 2/14/21 - Highest 7-day rolling average for vaccine doses administered.
  • 2/15/21 - IDPH announces vaccine doses administered more than doubled from a week ago.
  • 2/16/21 - Illinois proactively orders vaccine in an effort to reduce delay.
  • 2/19/21 - Over 2 million vaccines administered in the state and highest single Friday total of over 83,000 vaccines administered in past 24 hours.
  • 2/25/21 - Record breaking 130,000 doses of vaccine administered on 2/24/21.
  • 2/26/21 - Over 102,000 doses of vaccine administered on 2/25/21.
  • 3/1/21 - More than 3 million vaccine doses have been delivered to the state.
  • 3/2/21 - Illinois to receive 83,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine with vast majority being sent to mass vaccination sites.
  • 3/3/21 - Vaccine administration 7-day rolling average approximately 84,000 doses.
    • V-safe provides electronic reminders for critical second dose and helps educate health officials about potential side effects.
  • 3/4/21 - More than 93,000 COVID-19 vaccines were administered on 3/3/21.
  • 3/5/21 - More than 3 million COVID-19 vaccines administered in the state.
    • Chicago and IDPH announce first case of COVID-19 P.1 variant, first detected in Brazilian travelers.
  • 3/7/21 - IDPH announces record high 7-day average for vaccine administration more than 93,000 doses.

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