COVID-19 update: vaccination continuing statewide 

by Eric Rzeszutko

Today the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 1,740 new confirmed and probable causes of COVID-19 in Illinois with an additional 42 deaths. 

Among Champaign County, IDPH reported one death. This update in Illinois brings the total statewide case count to 1,193,260 cases and 20,668 deaths, across 102 counties in Illinois. 

As of last night, IDPH reports 1,200 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 with 260 in ICU and 128 patients on ventilators. 

From Feb. 25-Mar. 3, 2021 the seven-day test positivity rate statewide is 2.9%. 

Statewide, 3,563,775 vaccines have been delivered to providers. Aside from doses delivered, IDPH says that approximately 443,700 doses in total have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities.

With this inclusion there is a total dose count of 4,007,475. 

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 78,924. Yesterday, Mar. 3, 2021, 93,302 doses were administered across Illinois. 

Among the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, a third vaccine was granted emergency authorization use this week by Johnson & Johnson. 

Johnson & Johnson has a goal to ship out 10 million doses of its single injection vaccine by the end of March. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be stored in refrigeration temperatures for up to three months and up to two years frozen. 

The company hopes to be able to provide relief to the demand for vaccination across the U.S. Johnson & Johnson has set a goal to distribute 100 million doses within the first half of 2021. 

Johnson & Johnson says the federal government will manage the distribution of its vaccine to the most critical areas it is needed. 

IDPH announced that beginning tomorrow, the United Center will open adding another distribution site open to all Illinoisans. Appointments can be booked for the COVID-19 vaccine by calling 312-746-4835 or through online scheduling at zocdoc.com/vaccine