March 08, 2021

Here’s where each health region in northern Illinois stands as of Sunday for new cases and vaccine administration

North-Central Illinois’ Region 2 now able to allow limited indoor dining, IDPH says

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,162 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 29 additional deaths Sunday, and a total of 487,040 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 6.3% to 6.1%. The state received the results of 96,845 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,068,829 total cases of the virus, and 18,208 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 14,763,993 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Saturday, Illinois had 3,408 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 720 were in intensive care units, and 387 were on ventilators.

On Sunday, the IDPH announced that Region 2, covering much of North-Central Illinois, is now meeting all of the metrics necessary to move into Tier 1, which is the least restrictive of the three tiers of mitigation measures and allows for limited indoor dining.

Region 2 joins Southern Illinois’ Region 5 in Tier 1. Region 1, which covers the northwest portion of the state, is in Tier 2. The state’s remaining eight health regions are all in Tier 3, the strictest of the three tiers.

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 Sunday, IDPH reported a total of 1,049,675 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 487,040 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 104,928 people in Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 0.82% of the population. 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: 0.84%

Suburban Cook: 0.87%

Lake: 0.80%

McHenry: 0.63%

DuPage: 1.26%

Kane: 0.72%

Will: 0.97%

Kendall: 1.02%

La Salle: 0.73%

Grundy: 0.52%

DeKalb: 0.49%

Ogle: 0.91%

Lee: 0.55%

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.

The three metrics needed for a region to advance to Tier 2 are:

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 how a region can advance through the tiers and into Phase 4 here.

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 8.8%. Currently, 18% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25% 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 11.4%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 7.8%.

Hospitalizations have decreased 8 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 9%. Currently, 19% of medical/surgical beds are available and 26% 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 10.2%, and DuPage County is at 8.5%.

Hospitalizations have decreased 8 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 8.5%. Currently, 24% of medical/surgical beds are available and 26% of ICU beds.

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

Hospitalizations have decreased 4 out of the past 10 days in this region.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) is currently in Tier 2 and has seen two consecutive days under the 8% positivity rate needed to advance to Tier 1. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 7.1%. Currently, 26% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25% 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 stayed the same at 8.8%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 1.6%, and Whiteside County’s rate decreased to 5.7%.

Hospitalizations have decreased 7 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) is currently in Tier 2 and has seen three consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 7.3%.

Currently, 26% of medical/surgical beds are available and 24% 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 decreased to 6.8%.

Hospitalizations have decreased 9 out of the past 10 days in this region.

Chicago has seen 11 consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 8.8%. Currently, 17% of medical/surgical beds are available and 27% 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.

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 8.7%. Currently, 19% of medical/surgical beds are available and 22% of ICU beds.

The region has 11 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and four 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 40s, 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 3 males 60s, 5 males 70s, 5 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s

- DuPage County: 1 female 70s

- Madison County: 1 male 80s

- Peoria County: 1 female 20s

- Randolph County: 1 male 80s

- Williamson County: 1 female 60s

Kelli Duncan

Kelli Duncan is a reporter for the Northwest Herald covering county government as well as the communities of Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Marengo and Harvard. She has previously covered local politics, immigration and feature stories.