Cook County will release 25K vaccine appointments as the rise in COVID-19 cases forces Gov. Pritzker to rethink the reopening plan.
EVELYN HOLMES: Well, good morning. Well, as Cook County Health releases about 25,000 more appointments for COVID vaccine at four sites across the suburbs, there is some growing concern that the state's positivity test rate is going the wrong direction. Keep this in mind that after hitting an all-time low roughly two weeks ago, that test positivity rate has increased by almost 45%.
Now, again, the appointments will become available at noon today for the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Eligible people under a phases A1, B1 and 1B+, along with certain individuals previously, and the 1C group can now sign up for the shot because of the new state guidelines. The bookings are here at Triton College and other sites located in South Suburban College, also at Des Plaines and in Forest Park.
The additional appointments come as Illinois sees kind of a reversal of fortune. The state's positivity test rate is now the highest it's been all week, at 3.4%. The latest data shows the state is reporting more than 2,600 new confirmed and probable cases and 25 additional deaths.
Now, to-date about two million Illinois residents, almost about 16% of the population, have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The state is vaccinating an average of just over 99,000 people a day. Now in light of all this the governor says that he may have to rethink his bridge phase approach as the state moves toward fully reopening, which was-- it was on pace to do, sometime-- just need to start sometime next week.
Now, remember, back to the vaccinations. All those vaccinations are by appointment only. Now, those appointments can be made using the website Cook County Health's website, or through their-- calling their call center at 833-308-1988. Now, that call center, to accommodate these new appointments, will be open today from 8:00 until 5:00.
Reporting live from a mass vaccination site here at Triton College here in River Grove. Evelyn Holmes, "ABC 7" Eyewitness News.