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Watch now: Macon County reports 17 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

Watch now: Macon County reports 17 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

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DECATUR — Health officials in Macon County reported 17 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

The Macon County Health Department said they bring the county total number of positive cases to 9,423 since the pandemic began. COVID-related deaths in the county remained at 176.

Vaccine operations and eligibility are expanding across the state as Illinois’ seven-day rolling positivity rate remained at 3.3% for the fourth consecutive day Thursday.

While touring an Illinois Department of Human Services vaccination site at the Elgin Mental Health Center Thursday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that over the last week, Illinois was the number one state among the top 10 most populous states in the nation for per capita vaccinations.

“And although Illinois is the sixth largest state in the country, we have now administered the fifth most vaccinations among all of the states,” Pritzker said. “Those are things to be very proud of.”

As of Thursday, a total of 2.3 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to the state.

MCHD Feb 11 infographic

Of those, 1.9 million doses have been delivered to health care providers and 456,100 have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership program for long-term care facilities.

On Wednesday, 69,029 vaccine doses were administered. More than 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Illinois, including 226,974 for long-term care facilities.

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered in the state is 56,094 doses.

The state reported 2,838 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 Thursday out of 96,525 test results reported, including 102 additional deaths.

As of Wednesday night, 1,954 COVID-19 patients were reported hospitalized in Illinois, the first time that number fell below 2,000 since Oct. 14. There were 448 patients reported to be in intensive care unit beds and 227 reported on ventilators.

The state reported a total of 1.15 million COVID-19 cases of 16.9 million total test results, including 19,841 total deaths across the state’s 102 counties since the pandemic started.


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Contact Garrett Karsten at (217) 421-6949. Follow him on Twitter: @GarrettKarsten

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