Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) Members


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


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Illinois’ COVID-19 Positivity Rate Decreases Slightly from Last Week; Update on Vaccinations – Over a Quarter of State’s Population Now Fully Vaccinated; ACC Tracker with State Vaccine Updates & COVID-19 Orders; Canada COVID-19 Information; Update on COVID-19 Cases  

Illinois’ COVID-19 Positivity Rate Decreases Slightly from Last Week: Even as the state’s vaccination rate increases, the number of COVID-19 cases has also been on the rise this month, though this week experienced a slight decrease in new COVID-19 cases.

New COVID-19 cases in April have exceeded 2,000 to 3,000 cases daily, compared to March when these cases fell to between 1,000 to 2,000 daily. In addition, COVID-19 hospitalizations have also increased with 2,288 people hospitalized for COVID-19 versus 1,648 people hospitalized two weeks ago. Hospital beds with COVID-19 patients have reached between 4 and 6 percent of the total number of beds. This percentage was between 3 and 4 percent in March. Hospital occupancy rates in Rockford have surged to 96% and Peoria to 97%.

The state is still experiencing its highest positivity rate since late January.  While the average positivity rate for all 11 regions in the state is now slightly under 4%, some counties in the state are double that, with Woodford (9%), Peoria (12.9%), and Stark (18.3%) counties being the highest.

Update on Vaccinations – Over a Quarter of State’s Population Now Fully Vaccinated: As of today, over a quarter of the state’s population (27%) has now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  The total number of COVID-19 vaccines for the state is 10,358,875. A total of 8,342,542 vaccines have been administered. The average number of vaccines administered daily is 122,842 doses. As of yesterday, 140,712 doses were administered in Illinois.

Also, as a reminder, IDPH is now posting the weekly number of COVID-19 vaccine doses allocated from the federal government. Weekly allocations will be broken out into the number of doses allotted for long-term care, second doses, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Safety Net Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Illinois National Guard Vaccine Sites, Illinois Retail Pharmacy, Minority Health and Mobile Teams, Illinois Department of Corrections, dialysis centers, and local health departments. Both first dose and second dose allocation will be broken out by local health department. The City of Chicago receives its own allocation of vaccine and therefore is not included on the IDPH website. These data include vaccine allocated to the state and do not include vaccine that is part of the federal supply, which is directly distributed by the federal government. Data can be found at

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

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.  In addition, here is Canada's COVID-19 immunization plan.  

Update on COVID-19 Cases: IDPH is reporting 1,309,552 positive tests of COVID-19 in Illinois, an average increase of 2,945 new positive tests per day since reported here 7 days ago on April 14.  In total, 21,920,359 tests have now been conducted in Illinois for the virus, an average increase of 78,371 tests per day since April 14. 

The state’s average positivity rate over all 11 regions is at 3.8% for the last 7 days, which is a slight decrease of 0.4% from last week.  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 21,722 deaths, an average increase of 22 per day since April 14.

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, vaccinations, and interactive maps.


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