IDPH is reporting a total of 1,168,683 total COVID-19 cases, including 20,129 deaths.
As of Wednesday night, 1,655 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 386 patients were in the ICU and 184 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.
The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Feb. 11-17 is 3.3%.
Weather continues to cause vaccine delivery delays from the federal government. The state said it is in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies to understand the logistical challenges and if there is anything Illinois can do to expedite getting vaccine.
Moderna vaccine shipments to Chicago have not been delivered this week because of the winter storms in the region, causing appointments at clinics across the city to cancel or postpone vaccination shots, said Chicago’s top doctor on Thursday.
“We are hopeful that Moderna will be able to ship out today, meaning we would expect it to get here tomorrow, but it could be Monday, right,” Dr. Allison Arwady of the Chicago Department of Public Health said on her Facebook Live feed Thursday morning. “More snow today. I think in a lot of ways, especially the out-patient centers, are doing a lot of rescheduling over the next week or two.”
A total of 2,106,800 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago, with an additional 445,200 doses allocated to federal government partners for long-term care facilities, bringing the total number delivered in Illinois to 2,552,000.
The IDPH said that vaccine distribution numbers are reported in real-time and vaccine administration numbers lag by as much as 72 hours.
In McHenry, an 87,000 square foot former Kmart is now a mass vaccination site, but there’s not enough vaccine to put it to use.
“We’ve got the facility. We’re ready. All we need are the doses,” said McHenry County Chairman Mike Buehler.
Buehler is not the only county executive frustrated with the state’s vaccine allocation, now made worse by the winter weather. Wednesday the state delivered only 4,300 doses to health departments and providers, compared to 73,000 the day before.
“Now, the federal government obviously with the latest couple of days of terrible weather across the nation, they’ve had a difficult time actually distributing the vaccine to the states,” Gov. JB Pritzker said Thursday.
But the issues go beyond weather. Will County said over the next three weeks the state is delivering far fewer first doses than expected.
“We were hoping to plan some more vaccination clinics into what we have now,” said Steve Brandy, Will County Health Department public information officer. “We just can’t do that right now, knowing now what we know about what’s happening over the next few weeks.”
Despite that supply crunch, state officials are moving forward with plans to expand phase 1b eligibility next week, though many counties have opted out.
IDPH reports that a total of 1,977,033 vaccine doses have been administered, including 266,037 at long-term facilities. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered is 61,132. On Wednesday, 73,091 doses were administered.
At Innovative Express Care on the North Side, 60 doses of Moderna are in the facility’s refrigerator. They have not received additional doses all week, as expected.
Given that, Innovative Express plans to cancel hundreds of vaccine appointments on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, officials said.
“We’re going to send out about 200 text messages, emails and a voicemail, alerting people,…