July 26, 2021

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

State’s positivity rate drops again to 7.5%

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,642 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 117 additional deaths Tuesday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 7.6% to 7.5%. The state received the results of 93,491 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,040,168 total cases of the virus, and 17,743 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 14,263,477 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 3,553 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 757 were in intensive care units, and 409 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. Regions are eligible to move forward to Tier 2 beginning Friday, Jan. 15, as long as they hit all three of the state’s metrics.

Illinois Governor JB 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 stayed flat at 10.0%. Currently, 19.0% of medical/surgical beds are available and 24.9% 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 increased to 13.1%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 8.8%.

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

Finally, within the Lake/McHenry region, there are 51 available, staffed ICU beds out of 194 total, and 232 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 stayed flat at 10.4%. Currently, 25.0% of medical/surgical beds are available and 24.1% of ICU beds.

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

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 12.3%, and DuPage County is at 9.5%.

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

Finally, within the DuPage/Kane region, there are 81 available, staffed ICU beds out of 324 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 decreased to 11.0%. Currently, 25.7% of medical/surgical beds are available and 26.7% of ICU beds.

The region has 11 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 seven 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 9.1%. Currently, 28.4% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25.1% 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 11.2%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 2.3%, and Whiteside County’s rate decreased to 8.0%.

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

Finally, within this region, there are 51 available, staffed ICU beds out of 179 total, and 249 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 8.8%.

Currently, 26.6% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25.1% 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.

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

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 8.0%.

Finally, within this region, there are 58 available, staffed ICU beds out of 255 and 386 ventilators out of 489.

Chicago has seen 11 consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 10.1%. Currently, 18.3% of medical/surgical beds are available and 27.8% of ICU beds.

The region has 11 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and six 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 9.8%. Currently, 19.9% 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 one day over 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 80s

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

• Clark County: 1 female 80s

• Coles County: 1 male 60s

• Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 5 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 4 males 80s, 1 female 90s

• Cumberland County: 1 female 70s

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

• DuPage County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 90

• Fayette County: 1 female 80s

• Ford County: 1 female 80s

• Franklin County: 1 female 90s

• Hamilton County: 1 female 90s

• Henderson County: 1 male 80s

• Henry County: 1 female 100+

• Jefferson County: 1 male 70s

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

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

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

• Knox County: 1 female 80s

• Lake County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s

• Lee County: 1 female 50s

• Macoupin County; 1 female 60s

• Madison County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 female 100+

• Marion County: 1 female 90s

• Mason County: 1 female 80s

• Massac County: 1 female 80s

• McDonough County: 1 male 40s

• McHenry County: 1 male 80s

• Mercer County: 1 female 80s

• Monroe County: 1 male 90s

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

• Morgan County: 1 female 80s

• Moultrie County: 1 female 80s

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

• Pope County: 1 male 80s

• Randolph County: 1 female 80s

• Rock Island County: 3 females 70s

• Saline County: 1 male 80s

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

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

• Stephenson County: 1 female 60s

• Vermilion County: 1 female 70s, 2 males 80s

• Wayne County: 1 male 80s

• Whiteside County: 1 male 60s

• Will County: 1 male 20s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s

• Williamson County: 1 male 40s

• Winnebago County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 70s, 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.