Kane, DuPage, McHenry and Lake counties move to Phase 4 as Illinois reports 3,314 cases, 69 deaths

CHICAGO — Nearly all of Illinois is again beneath “Phase 4” of the state’s COVID-19 plan Wednesday, as officers, pharmacies and well being companies ramp up vaccination efforts statewide.

The Illinois Department of Public Health introduced Kane, DuPage, McHenry and Lake counties will formally return to Phase 4 of the “Reopen Illinois” plan Wednesday, becoming a member of practically each different county as Covid an infection charges, hospitalizations and deaths proceed their downward development.

In returning to Phase 4, indoor recreation venues like bowling alleys can reopen, group actions of up to 50 persons are allowed, bars can serve folks inside even when they don’t supply meals and many companies will see capability limits elevated to 50%.

In its newest replace, the IDPH additionally reported 3,314 new confirmed and possible COVID-19 instances Wednesday as properly as 69 extra deaths, dropping their 7-day averages to about 3,150 instances and 59 lives lost.

Hospitalizations are additionally declining, with the state reporting 2,469 hospitalized with COVID-19 as of final evening, together with 520 in intensive care and 270 on ventilators.

While Illinois ranks within the backside third within the variety of new reported Covid instances in contrast to its inhabitants, the state is making slower progress when it comes to vaccinating its residents.

Illinois ranks sixth within the nation when it comes to complete pictures given, behind extra populous states like New York, California and Texas, however ranks close to the underside within the % of the inhabitants which has acquired at the very least one shot.

State well being officers are working to ramp up vaccination efforts statewide, together with instructing CVS and Walgreens to redistribute 97,000 doses which have been put aside for workers and residents at long-term care services by making them accessible by means of their retail places Wednesday.

A portion of every cargo of vaccine doses despatched to Illinois is put aside for long-term care services as a part of a federal program, however their tempo at which they’re given lags behind a lot of the state.

Of practically half one million doses which have been put aside, about 35% have been administered, in accordance to state knowledge. Of the remaining doses, 58% have been given thus far.

Qualifying residents can register on-line for vaccination appointments at CVS or Walgreens.

Cook (*69*) additionally opened its second-largest COVID-19 vaccination website at Triton College in River Grove, the place greater than 4,000 vaccines are anticipated to be given on a weekly foundation.

The tempo of vaccinations is growing, as Illinois set one other single-day vaccination document with greater than 65,000 pictures given yesterday and is now averaging about 46,000 a day on common.

A brand new examine discovered that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine not solely protects folks from critical sickness and demise, but in addition considerably slows transmission of the virus from particular person to particular person. It is the primary COVID-19 vaccine documented for considerably lowering virus unfold.

The Biden administration introduced Tuesday it should immediately ship COVID-19 vaccines to choose pharmacies throughout the nation starting subsequent week, with plans to develop to 40,000 pharmacies as manufacturing of the pictures ramps up.

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