SATURDAY'S CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: Champaign County active cases down by 416 in 2 weeks; Region 6 hospitalizations at lowest point in 218 days

SATURDAY'S VACCINATION UPDATES: In Champaign County, 29.7% of eligible adults have received first dose, 20.9% fully vaccinated

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Vermilion County Health Department Administrator Doug Toole checks on the people lined up in the hallway for vaccination shots at the health department in Danville.

Vermilion County's pandemic death toll rose by a dozen Saturday, when the health department reported 12 lives lost over the past 10 weeks.

"Our sympathies go out to their families and friends. We have lost a total of 118 Vermilion County residents to COVID-related deaths since this pandemic began," county health Administrator Doug Toole wrote in a Saturday email.

The deaths involved residents ranging in age from their 60s to their 90s:

  • Two women in their 90s
  • Four men and two women in their 80s
  • Two women and one man in their 70s
  • One man in his 60s

Saturday's announcement was unusual — throughout the pandemic, both area counties and the Illinois Department of Public Health have reported individual coronavirus-related deaths within a day or two. (In recent weeks, while taking on the added duties of vaccinating residents, the Vermilion County Health Department has scaled back on the frequency of updates — from daily to a few times a week).

IDPH listed Vermilion County as having 129 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, adding one — a woman in her 80s — to its daily report. In all, IDPH on Saturday added 50 new deaths to a statewide total that now stands at 20,750.

Also Saturday, Vermilion reported 34 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its total to 8,533. With 83 residents being released from isolation, the county's active case count is 222.

Five county residents are hospitalized with COVID-19.

How Saturday's new cases break down by age:

  • One resident in their 80s
  • Two in their 70s
  • Five in their 60s
  • Four in their 50s
  • One in their 40s
  • Two in their 30s
  • Five in their 20
  • Six teens

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