COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expands, 42 New Cases Reported in Region

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expands, 42 New Cases Reported in Region

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Monday reported 2,102 new COVID-19 in Illinois, including 11 additional deaths. Throughout southern Illinois, a total of 42 new cases of coronavirus were reported by various health departments.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,258,736 cases, including 21,384 deaths. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 29-April 4 is 4.5%.

Local case breakdown:

  • Williamson County: nine
  • Jackson County: seven
  • Saline County: six
  • Franklin County: five
  • Hamilton and Johnson counties: three each
  • Alexander, Massac, Pope and Union counties: two each
  • Jefferson County: one

Meanwhile, more than 80 counties have now expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all Illinois residents 16 years and older, per an IDPH survey of local health departments.

IDPH authorized all local health departments seeing early signs of unfilled appointments to begin vaccinating all residents 16 and older at their immediate discretion, in order to use their vaccine as quickly as possible and mitigate a rise in new COVID-19 cases.

Counties in southern Illinois that have already expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility are Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wayne, White and Williamson.

All Illinois residents will be eligible to receive the vaccine beginning April 12. On that date, all state-supported mass vaccination sites, local health departments, pharmacy partners – in short, every jurisdiction that receives vaccine from the State of Illinois’ allocation – will be instructed to fully open eligibility.

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