January 27, 2021

Here’s where each health region in northern Illinois stands on COVID-19 vaccines and new cases as of Thursday

State’s positivity rate drops again, this time to 6.8%, and 0.72% of the state has been fully vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 6,652 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 88 additional deaths Thursday, and a total of 414,296 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 7.3% to 6.8%. The state received the results of 118,036 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,052,682 total cases of the virus, and 17,928 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 14,457,620 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 3,511 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 742 were in intensive care units, and 382 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?”

Vaccine update: As of Thursday at noon, IDPH reported a total of 972,750 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 414,296 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 91,947 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 0.72%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

There can be as much as a 72-hour delay in reporting from healthcare providers on vaccines administered.

In northern Illinois, here is the percentage of the population fully vaccinated by county:

Chicago: 0.71%

Suburban Cook: 0.75%

Lake: 0.76%

McHenry: 0.55%

DuPage: 1.09%

Kane: 0.62%

Will: 0.87%

Kendall: 0.95%

La Salle: 0.72%

Grundy: 0.50%

DeKalb: 0.47%

Ogle: 0.89%

Lee: 0.54%

Whiteside: 0.69%

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 decreased slightly to 9.7%. Currently, 18.0% 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 11 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 13.0%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 8.6%.

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

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 11 consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 10.1%. Currently, 19.3% 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.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 11.9%, and DuPage County is at 9.2%.

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

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, 23.7% of medical/surgical beds are available and 27.4% of ICU beds.

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

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

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 8.5%. Currently, 25.7% 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 10.4%, Lee County’s rate stayed flat at 2.4%, and Whiteside County’s rate decreased to 7.1%.

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

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 8.2%.

Currently, 25.6% of medical/surgical beds are available and 22.6% 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 7.6%.

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

Chicago has seen 11 consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 9.8%. Currently, 17.5% of medical/surgical beds are available and 26.2% 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.

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 9.5%. Currently, 18.7% of medical/surgical beds are available and 21.5% of ICU beds.

The region has 11 consecutive days above 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.

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, 2 males 80s, 3 females 90s

• Bond County: 1 male 80s

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

• Clark County: 1 female 70s

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

• DeWitt County: 1 female 70s

• Douglas County: 1 male 90s

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

• Edgar County: 1 male 70s

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

• Franklin County: 1 male 70s

• Fulton County: 1 female 90s

• Henry County: 1 male 80s

• Jefferson County: 1 male 70s

• Kane County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s

• Kankakee County: 1 male 80s

• Knox County: 1 female 60s

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

• La Salle County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 90s

• Livingston County: 1 female 80s

• Macon County: 1 female 80s

• Madison County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s

• McHenry County: 2 females 80s

• McLean County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

• Mercer County: 1 male 80s

• Monroe County: 1 male 70s

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

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

• Piatt County: 1 female 90s

• Pike County: 1 male 70s

• Richland County: 1 male 70s

• Rock Island County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 80s

• Sangamon County: 2 females 80s

• St. Clair County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

• Tazewell County: 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 80s

• Vermilion County: 1 female 70s

• Warren County: 1 female 80s

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

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