Daily Journal staff report

Will and Kankakee counties are on track to be the first in the Chicago area to see limited indoor dining resume under Gov. JB Pritzker’s coronavirus reopening plan, state public health officials said Wednesday.

If all the mitigation metrics continue to improve, according to state officials, Region 7 will move out of Tier 3 and into Tier 1 today.

Among a long list of restrictions, Tier 3 prohibits indoor dining and bar service, shuts down video gaming centers, and closes indoor fitness classes. Tier 1 will allow for indoor dining with limited capacity and restrictions in place, among other allowances.

In addition, the east central Illinois region, which includes Champaign-Urbana and Decatur, is on track to have indoor dining expanded further, joining the 19-county west central region — home to Springfield — and the 20 southernmost counties in returning to a broader reopening, officials said. Those rules allow for indoor seating for groups of up to 10 people, with seating capacity limited to the number of tables that can be spaced 6 feet apart.

During the tier-change announcement Wednesday, IDPH reported a total of 1,081,354 cases, including 18,398 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 86,121 specimens for a total 14,984,649. As of last night, 3,284 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 722 patients were in the ICU and 379 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

New deaths were recorded in Kankakee and Iroquois counties, a female in her 80s and a female in her 90s, respectively.

Will County reported five new deaths, including two males in their 60s, 1 female in her 70s, 1 female in her 80s and 1 male in his 80s

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Jan. 13 to 19 is 5.5%. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Jan. 13 to 19 is 6.8%.

As of Tuesday, 864,150 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago. In addition, approximately 524,050 doses have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities. This brings the total Illinois doses to 1,388,200. IDPH is currently reporting a total of 537,740 vaccines administered, including 86,180 for long-term care facilities. Yesterday, a total of 29,008 doses were administered. The 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 21,869 doses.