May 10, 2021

Here’s where each health region in northern Illinois stands as of Monday

State’s positivity rate drops to 7.6%

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,776 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 53 additional deaths Monday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 7.9% to 7.6%. The state received the results of 66,697 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Monday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,033,526 total cases of the virus, and 17,627 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 14,169,986 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 3,540 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 759 were in intensive care units, and 401 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?”

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker also provided an update on COVID-19 vaccines in Illinois at a news conference on Monday.

As of Sunday night, approximately 587,900 total doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been delivered to the state. More than 478,000 have been delivered to private and public health care providers outside Chicago; 109,725 to those in Chicago.

Illinois has administered 343,939 vaccine doses as of Sunday night. That includes the city of Chicago.

Beginning Tuesday, IDPH will have the state’s latest vaccine numbers available online on its website. It will be updated daily, but Pritzker added that health care providers can report vaccinations up to 72 hours after they’ve been administered.

Pritzker added that some communities have “substantially” completed Phase 1A of vaccine administration. Phase 1A is comprised of healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and workers. Pritzker said he expects to make a formal announcement later this week on when Illinois will move to Phase 1B of vaccine administration on a statewide basis.

Phase 1B includes people 65 and older, and frontline workers including teachers, grocery story workers, public transit workers and correction workers and inmates, among other groups.

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. Regions are eligible to move forward to Tier 2 starting on Friday.

Pritzker announced during a Monday news conference the three metrics needed for a region to advance to Tier 2:

1) A region’s test positivity below 12% for three straight days (as measured by a seven-day rolling average)

2) 20% or greater available staffed ICU and medical/surgical beds for three straight days (as measured by a three-day rolling average)

3) A decline in number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 for 7 out of 10 days (as measured on a seven-day average.)

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 decreased to 10.0%. Currently, 23.7% of medical/surgical beds are available and 17.0% of ICU beds.

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

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 12.8%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 9.0%.

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

Finally, within the Lake/McHenry region, there are 49 available, staffed ICU beds out of 190 total, and 230 ventilators available out of 295.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen XX consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 10.4%. Currently, 22.8% of medical/surgical beds are available and 23.2% of ICU beds.

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

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 12.2%, and DuPage County is at 9.5%.

Finally, within the DuPage/Kane region, there are 81 available, staffed ICU beds out of 324 total and 367 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 decreased to 11.1%. Currently, 24.0% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25.1% of ICU beds.

The region has 11 consecutive under the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and 11 consecutive days under 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 48 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 9.4%. Currently, 27.6% of medical/surgical beds are available and 23.1% 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 12.3%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 2.5%, and Whiteside County’s rate decreased to 8.7%.

Finally, within this region, there are 50 available, staffed ICU beds out of 179 total, and 261 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 decreased to 9.1%.

Currently, 25.0% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25.9% 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, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 8.2%.

Finally, within this region, there are 71 available, staffed ICU beds out of 255 and 390 ventilators out of 489.

Chicago has seen 11 consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 10.3%. Currently, 17.1% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25.9% of ICU beds.

The region has 11 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and five 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 decreased to 10.0%. Currently, 18.8% of medical/surgical beds are available and 23.3% of ICU beds.

The region has 10 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and five consecutive days 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:

• Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 2 males 40s, 2 females 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 7 males 60s, 5 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 7 females 80s, 7 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 3 males 90s

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

• Kane County: 1 female 80s

• Lake County: 1 male 80s

• La Salle County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

• Livingston County: 1 male 40s

• McDonough County: 1 female 70s

• Will County: 1 male 60s

• Winnebago County: 1 female 70s

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.