April 18, 2021

Illinois passes 1 million COVID-19 cases

Illinois has seen 1,008,045 total cases of the virus, and 17,272 people have died

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 8,757 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 177 additional deaths Thursday, putting the state over one million cases of the novel coronavirus.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate increased from 8.4% to 8.5%. The state received the results of 105,518 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,008,045 total cases of the virus, and 17,272 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 13,803,946 tests since the start of the pandemic.

“In a pandemic that has contained far too many tragic milestones, today’s marking of one million cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Illinois deserves particular recognition,” Governor JB Pritzker said in a news release.  “As this disease continues to wreak havoc on our nation – with the United States setting another record for the most COVID-19 deaths in a day just yesterday – it is critical that we take extra caution today and in the months ahead to reduce the spread, bring down hospitalization rates, and save lives.  Now that vaccine distribution has begun, we can see the light at the end of this difficult time – let’s do everything we can to ensure all of our neighbors are able to be there as we cross that finish line, healthy as well.  With that goal in mind, I encourage all Illinoisans to choose to receive the protections of the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn in line.”

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 3,921 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 783 were in intensive care units, and 450 were on ventilators.

To see definitions of key terms used in our COVID-19 updates, read this article titled, “Feeling lost in keeping up with the news?”

Regional update: Currently, all 11 of the state’s health regions are under additional mitigation measures from the IDPH, and as of Nov. 20, all 11 regions are under Tier 3 mitigations.

Regional data from the IDPH remains on a three-day lag.

Confused about the different tiers and phases of the governor’s COVID-19 response? Read this explanation of the Restore Illinois plan and its metrics.

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen 11 consecutive days under 12% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate increased slightly to 10.5%. Currently, 13.6% of medical/surgical beds are available and 23.9% of ICU beds.

The region has 11 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and eight consecutive days under the 20% threshold for medical/surgical bed availability.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average stayed flat at 13.6%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 9.4%.

Hospitalizations have increased five out of the past 10 days in this region.

Finally, within the Lake/McHenry region, there are 45 available, staffed ICU beds out of 188 total, and 235 ventilators available out of 295.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 11 consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 10.6%. Currently, 15.5% of medical/surgical beds are available and 22.8% of ICU beds.

The region has 11 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and two consecutive days under the 20% threshold for medical/surgical bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 12.6%, and DuPage County is at 9.6%.

Finally, within the DuPage/Kane region, there are 72 available, staffed ICU beds out of 324 total and 360 ventilators available out of 581.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 11 consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 11.2%. Currently, 20.4% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25.3% of ICU beds.

The region has seven consecutive above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and 11 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for medical/surgical bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased nine out of the past 10 days in this region.

Finally, within the Will/Kankakee region, there are 40 available, staffed ICU beds out of 162 total.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) has seen 11 consecutive days under the 12% positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate increased to 10.7%. Currently, 22.5% of medical/surgical beds are available and 27.9% of ICU beds.

The region has 11 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and 11 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for medical/surgical bed availability.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 14%, Lee County’s rate stayed flat at 3.0%, and Whiteside County’s rate decreased to 11.9%.

Finally, within this region, there are 48 available, staffed ICU beds out of 179 total, and 256 ventilators out of 343 available.

The North-Central region (Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties) has seen 11 consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 9.6%.

Currently, 24.0% of medical/surgical beds are available and 22.7% of ICU beds.

The region has 11 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and 11 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for medical/surgical bed availability.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 6.5%.

Finally, within this region, there are 54 available, staffed ICU beds out of 235 and 378 ventilators out of 489.

Chicago has seen 11 consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 10.5%. Currently, 18.2% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25.3% of ICU beds.

The region has 11 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and one day under the 20% threshold for medical/surgical bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region.

Suburban Cook County has seen 11 consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 10.4%. Currently, 17.4% of medical/surgical beds are available and 20.9% of ICU beds.

The region has six consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and one day under 20% threshold for medical/surgical bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region.

To see how other regions across the state are doing, see the full IDPH dashboard here.

Newly reported deaths include:

• Adams County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

• Bureau County: 1 male 60s

• Christian County: 2 males 70s, 1 male 80s

• Clay County: 1 female 60s

• Coles County: 1 male 80s

• Cook County: 2 males 40s, 3 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 6 males 60s, 8 females 70s, 8 males 70s, 7 females 80s, 9 males 80s, 4 females 90s, 2 males 90s, 1 female 100+

• Douglas County: 1 male 80s

• DuPage County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 70s, 3 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s, 1 male 100+

• Edgar County: 1 female 80s

• Fayette County: 1 male 80s

• Fulton County: 1 male 30s

• Grundy County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

• Hancock County: 1 male 50s

• Hardin County: 1 male 60s

• Henry County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

• Iroquois County: 1 female 80s

• Jackson County: 1 female 70s, 2 females 90s

• Jefferson County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

• Jersey County: 1 male 80s

• Kane County: 1 male 60s, 3 females 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

• Kankakee County: 1 male 90s

• Knox County: 1 female 90s

• Lake County: 1 male 40s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

• Lee County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

• Livingston County: 1 female 70s

• Macon County: 1 male 90s

• Macoupin County: 1 male 70s

• Madison County: 1 male 50s, 2 males 60s, 1 female 80s

• Marion County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

• Marshall County: 1 male 70s

• McHenry County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 female 100+

• McLean County: 1 female 80s

• Montgomery County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s

• Peoria County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

• Piatt County: 1 female 60s

• Randolph County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

• Rock Island County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 90s, 2 males 90s

• Sangamon County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

• St. Clair County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s, 1 male 90s

• Tazewell County: 1 female 70s, 3 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

• Vermilion County: 1 male 80s

• Whiteside County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

• Will County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 female 80s, 1 female 90s

• Williamson County: 1 female 80s

• Winnebago County: 2 female 70s 1 male 70s

• Woodford County: 1 male 80s

John Sahly

John Sahly is the digital editor for the Shaw Media Local News Network. He has been with Shaw Media since 2008, previously serving as the Northwest Herald's digital editor, and the Daily Chronicle sports editor and sports reporter.