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Applause erupted as medical doctors and nurses acquired COVID-19 pictures in Chicago and Peoria Tuesday, a optimistic step after months of a seemingly uncontainable pandemic that has brought on over 14,500 deaths in Illinois alone.
“That is one thing we have been speaking about and making ready for a really very long time,” Chicago Division of Public Well being Commissioner Allison Arwady mentioned minutes earlier than vaccinations began at Loretto Hospital.
Suburban hospitals are nonetheless ready for his or her share of Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine to be given to well being care staff.
Additionally Tuesday, 7,359 new instances of COVID-19 have been introduced and 117 extra folks died of the respiratory illness.
As of Monday evening, 4,965 sufferers have been in Illinois hospitals with COVID-19.
The vaccine was accepted over the weekend by the Federal Drug Administration with 43,000 doses arriving in Illinois Monday.
The state has designated “hub hospitals” in particular areas to retailer vaccines that will probably be distributed to different amenities.
Loyola College Medical Middle in Maywood, one of many hubs, didn’t anticipate to get its supply on Tuesday, officers mentioned.
Edward Hospital had anticipated giving pictures to entrance line staff Tuesday however introduced that may be delayed till Wednesday.
Prepare dinner and Lake counties will probably be receiving their first vaccine shipments instantly from the federal authorities someday this week.
Vaccinating the complete state will take months however “right now is starting of the method that can enable us to maneuver towards reopening the state fully,” Pritzker mentioned at a briefing in Peoria close to a state website the place vaccines are being saved.
“Everybody has purpose to be excited in the beginning of the top,” Illinois Division of Public Well being Director Ngozi Ezike mentioned.
Well being care staff will probably be prioritized first for pictures, adopted by long-term care facility residents. Subsequent will probably be important staff and folks with underlying medical circumstances.
The positivity fee for COVID-19 instances continued a decline at 8.6% primarily based on a seven-day common. That quantity is calculated by dividing the variety of new COVID-19 instances recognized by the whole assessments processed.
Statewide, 14,509 Illinoisans have died of the virus and 863,477 instances have been recorded.