March 08, 2021

Illinois reports fewest COVID-19 patients in the hospital since Nov. 3, but new cases continue to rise

Coronavirus patients in the ICU and on ventilators reach early November levels, but 9,277 new cases announced

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 9,277 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 126 additional deaths Friday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate stayed flat at 8.5%. The state received the results of 118,665 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Friday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,017,322 total cases of the virus, and 17,395 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 13,922,611 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Thursday, Illinois had 3,777 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the fewest since Nov. 3. Of those, 780 were in intensive care units, the fewest since Nov. 5, and 422 were on ventilators, the fewest since Nov. 10.

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 stayed flat at 10.5%. Currently, 13.1% of medical/surgical beds are available and 23.3% of ICU beds.

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

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 12.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 9.6%.

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

Finally, within the Lake/McHenry region, there are 43 available, staffed ICU beds out of 191 total, and 233 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 decreased to 10.5%. Currently, 13.3% of medical/surgical beds are available and 21.4% of ICU beds.

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

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 12.4%, and DuPage County is at 9.6%.

Finally, within the DuPage/Kane region, there are 70 available, staffed ICU beds out of 328 total and 363 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 11.6%. Currently, 20.1% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25.7% of ICU beds.

The region has eight 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 eight out of the past 10 days in this region.

Finally, within the Will/Kankakee region, there are 44 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 decreased to 10.4%. Currently, 21.3% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25.3% 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 decreased to 13.4%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 2.7%, and Whiteside County’s rate decreased to 11.6%.

Finally, within this region, there are 40 available, staffed ICU beds out of 179 total, and 250 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, 22.4% of medical/surgical beds are available and 23.8% 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 7.4%.

Finally, within this region, there are 58 available, staffed ICU beds out of 235 and 379 ventilators out of 489.

Chicago has seen 11 consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 10.5%. Currently, 16.7% of medical/surgical beds are available and 23.7% 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.

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 increased to 10.6%. Currently, 16.0% of medical/surgical beds are available and 20.4% of ICU beds.

The region has seven consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and two days below the 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 male 70s

• Boone County: 1 female 80s

• Cook County: 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 3 females 50s, 2 females 60s, 4 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 7 males 70s, 7 females 80s, 7 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 7 males 90s

• DeKalb County: 1 female 60s

• DuPage County: 1 female 40s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

• Edwards County: 1 male 80s

• Effingham County: 1 male 80s

• Fayette County: 1 female 80s

• Fulton County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

• Henry County: 1 male 90s

• Iroquois County: 1 male 60s

• Jackson County: 1 male 60s

• Jefferson County: 1 female 90s

• Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

• Kankakee County: 1 female 80s

• Knox County: 1 male 50s

• Lake County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 3 females 90s

• La Salle County: 1 male 80s

• Livingston County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s

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

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

• Marshall County: 1 female 50s

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

• Montgomery County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

• Morgan County: 1 male 70s

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

• Perry County: 1 female 60s

• Randolph County: 1 female 90s

• Richland County: 1 female 70s

• Rock Island County: 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90

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

• Sangamon County: 1 male 90s

• St. Clair County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 90s

• Stark County: 1 male 80s

• Stephenson County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s

• Tazewell County: 1 male 40s, 4 males 70s

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

• Whiteside County: 1 male 60s

• Will County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 3 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s

• Williamson County: 1 male 70s

• Winnebago County: 2 females 90s

• Woodford County: 1 female 90s

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.