Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) Members


Mark Biel, Chief Executive Officer
[email protected] or 217/522-5805 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Pritzker to Expand Phase 1B Eligibility; ACC Tracker with State Vaccine Updates & COVID-19 Orders; Canada COVID-19 Information; Update on COVID-19 Cases  

Pritzker Expands Phase 1B Eligibility: Governor Pritzker announced today that due to an increased federal vaccine supply, the state will expand its Phase 1B eligibility beginning February 25 to people who have comorbidities and underlying health conditions in accordance with CDC guidelines.  The state will also prioritize individuals with disabilities.

This expansion applies to individuals 16 years of age and older who aren’t otherwise covered in previous eligibility categories.

This list is subject to change as guidance evolves and does not reflect an order of priority:

Chronic Kidney Disease
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Heart Condition
Immunocompromised State from a Solid Organ Transplant
Pulmonary Disease
Sickle Cell Disease

The Pritzker administration will begin working with local health departments and other providers across the state to include these additional higher-risk individuals in their community vaccination plans in the weeks ahead. Those health departments that have substantially completed their existing Phase 1B population prior to the February 25 statewide expansion date will be able to move forward earlier at the determination of local public health officials and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Also, as a reminder, the state has updated its COVID-19 website containing current locations and other pertinent information on one webpage.

A total of 1,724,325 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago. In addition, approximately 428,100 doses total have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities. This brings the total Illinois doses to 2,152,425. A total of 1,480,079 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last night, including 223,790 for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 55,135 doses. Yesterday, 62,923 doses were administered. Illinois is on-track to have administered more than 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by Thursday, February 11, 2021.

ACC Tracker with State Vaccine Updates & COVID-19 Orders:  The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has again updated its comprehensive COVID-19 Tracker (attached to this Update) with separate charts illustrating state vaccine plans, including documents detailing updated state specific orders and mitigation measures as well as executive orders and legislation relating to business liability. 

Canada COVID-19 Information: For those members who would like to receive information about vaccination protocols and COVID-19 restrictions in Canada, please reach out to Mark Biel at [email protected] to be added to the distribution list. Our friends at the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada have been kind enough to share their COVID-19 information with us.

Update on COVID-19 Cases: IDPH is reporting 1,152,995 positive tests of COVID-19 in Illinois, an average increase of 2,680 new positive tests per day since reported here 7 days ago on February 3.  In total, 16,822,385 tests have now been conducted in Illinois for the virus, an average increase of 80,576 tests per day since February 3. 

The state’s average positivity rate over all 11 regions is at 3.3% for the last 7 days.  You can see where the various regions are at in terms of their positivity rates, hospitalizations, and other metrics at this link

Unfortunately, IDPH is reporting a total of 19,739 deaths, an average increase of 110 per day since February 3.

You can also check where these cases are occurring at the State of Illinois COVID-19 website which also contains more information on this outbreak.

Also, IDPH has a case breakdown of the number of positive cases in Chicago and each county relative to the number of fatalities.  The IDPH website also now includes a breakdown of the cases under each zip code in the state.

For information on other states and countries, John Hopkins University has developed this website that provides invaluable resources at a one-stop location detailing testing and tracing trends, timelines of COVID-19 policies, and interactive maps.

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