COVID-19 cases stable, vaccinations slowly increase

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials announced 69 more deaths from COVID-19 Thursday among 3,328 fresh infections of the coronavirus illness.

The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is nearing 20,000, with the total on Thursday reaching 19,444. Overall, there have been 1,137,559 cases.

The state has now received 2.13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Of that, 1.16 million shots have been administered; the number includes high-priority residents such as front-line health care workers and long-term care residents who have already received both of the required shots to prevent the disease.