March 07, 2021

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

Region 1 hits the metrics to advance to Tier 1, and IDPH reports the fewest number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital since Oct. 31

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,385 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 50 additional deaths Monday, and a total of 495,563 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 6.1% to 5.9%. The state received the results of 63,002 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Monday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,072,214 total cases of the virus, and 18,258 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 14,826,995 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 3,345 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the fewest since Oct. 31. Of those, 705 were in intensive care units, and 392 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 Monday, IDPH reported a total of 1,085,750 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 495,563 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 105,520 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 0.83%. 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: 0.85%

Suburban Cook: 0.88%

Lake: 0.80%

McHenry: 0.63%

DuPage: 1.27%

Kane: 0.72%

Will: 0.98%

Kendall: 1.03%

La Salle: 0.73%

Grundy: 0.53%

DeKalb: 0.49%

Ogle: 0.91%

Lee: 0.55%

Whiteside: 0.69%

Regional update: In a Monday news release, IDPH announced that Regions 8, 9, 10 and 11 were all moved to Tier 2 “with the state of Illinois launching multiple health care staffing contracts to increase hospital staffing.”

Hospitals with rooms available to increase capacity but lacking the personnel to staff their beds may partner with the state to procure the staff they need. Hospitals that create orders will enter into a contract with the state to access this new staffing pool.

“Hospital leaders and local health departments have communicated to IDPH that their primary capacity challenge is the need for additional staffing and stressed that state-facilitated staffing contracts will be critical in addressing this challenge,” a news release from IDPH stated. “With this surge staffing program, IDPH and hospital leaders feel confident that metrics can safely move away from utilizing medical/surgical bed limits to move across mitigation tiers, allowing more regions to advance.”

“Hospital leaders have made clear the importance of staffing in their continued response to this pandemic and conveyed that staffing contracts will be extraordinarily valuable in their ability to meet the needs of their communities,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We are pleased to see most of our regions move out of Tier 3 mitigations with this change, and it is critical that we maintain this progress. With new variants of COVID-19 spreading, it is more important than ever to follow the public health guidance that keeps people safe – wear and mask and watch your distance.”

Regional data from the IDPH remains on a three-day lag.

How can a region advance a tier?

In order to move to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must meet the following metrics:

• A test positivity rate ≤8% and ˂12% for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND

• ≥20% available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 7-day rolling average; AND

• A sustained decrease in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

In order to move to Tier 1 mitigations, a region must meet the following metrics:

• A test positivity rate between 6.5 and 8% for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND

• ≥20% available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 7-day rolling average; AND

• No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

In order to move to Phase 4, a region must meet the following metrics:

• A test positivity rate less ≤6.5% for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND

• ≥20% available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 7-day rolling average; AND

• No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

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 8.7%. Currently, 19% 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 10.8%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 7.9%.

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 8.7%. Currently, 19% of medical/surgical beds are available and 31% 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.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 9.7%, and DuPage County is at 8.2%.

Hospitalizations have decreased seven 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 8.0%. Currently, 24% of medical/surgical beds are available and 25% 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 four 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 met the metrics to advance to Tier 1 as of Monday and has seen three consecutive days under the 8% positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 7.1%. Currently, 29% of medical/surgical beds are available and 26% 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 increased to 9.1%, Lee County’s rate stayed flat at 1.6%, and Whiteside County’s rate decreased to 5.6%.

Hospitalizations have decreased eight 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 1 and has seen zero days under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 7.2%.

Currently, 28% of medical/surgical beds are available and 27% 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 10 out of the past 10 days in this region.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 6.7%.

Chicago has seen 11 consecutive days under 12%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 8.6%. Currently, 18% of medical/surgical beds are available and 29% 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 8.6%. Currently, 20% of medical/surgical beds are available and 22% of ICU beds.

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

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

Additionally, Region 3, which is comprised of the Springfield area, hit all of the metrics to advance from Tier 3 all the way to Phase 4, which includes an expansion of indoor dining capacity limits.

To see how other regions across the state are doing, see the full IDPH dashboard here.

Newly reported deaths include:

• Champaign County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s

• Cook County: 1 male 30s, 2 female 50s, 3 females 60s, 3 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 6 females 80s, 3 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 4 males 90s

• DuPage County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

• Franklin County: 1 male 60s

• Hancock County: 1 female 80s

• Kane County: 1 female 40s,

• Lake County: 1 male 70s

• Madison County: 1 male 80s

• St. Clair County: 1 female 100+

• Tazewell County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s

• Warren County: 1 male 90s

• Will County: 1 male 60s, 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.