Illinois: 471,157 COVID-19 vaccine doses given so far; 5,343 new cases, 130 more deaths

Illinois: 471,157 COVID-19 vaccine doses given so far; 5,343 new cases, 130 more deaths
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Three men in their 20s are among the 130 people who reportedly died on Saturday from COVID-19 in Illinois as state health officials report that 471,157 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far.

The men are from Cook, DuPage and Lake counties. The Illinois Department of Public Health didn’t provide any other details about the men such as exact age or the city they lived.

In addition to the 130 deaths, the IDPH also reported 5,343 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.

Since the pandemic’s start, the IDPH reported a total of 1,064,667 cases, including 18,179 deaths.

Over the past 24 hours, 102,372 tests were performed for a total 14,667,148. As of Friday night, 3,406 people were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 711 patients were in the intensive care unit and 379 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Jan. 9 through Jan. 15 is 6.3%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Jan. 9 through Jan. 15 is 7.5%.

On Friday, city and state health officials announced that the United Kingdom variant of coronavirus has been found in Chicago.

The new, more contagious strain was first identified in the United States about two weeks ago in Colorado and has since been identified in several other states.

According to public health officials, the case was identified by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine through "sequencing analysis of a specimen from bio-banked samples of COVID-19 positive tests."

Evidence suggests that this variant can spread more easily than most currently-circulating strains of COVID-19, but there is no evidence that the new strain affects the sensitivity of diagnostic tests or that it causes more severe illness or increased risk of death. In addition, data suggest current vaccines will be effective and safe in providing protection against the variant.