March 05, 2021

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

State’s positivity rate drops to 5.7%, and 0.85% of the state has been fully vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,318 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 33 additional deaths Tuesday, and a total of 508,732 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 5.9% to 5.7%. The state received the results of 71,533 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,076,532 total cases of the virus, and 18,291 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 14,898,528 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 3,335 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 713 were in intensive care units, and 395 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Tuesday, IDPH reported a total of 108,590 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 508,732 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 108,479 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 0.85%. 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: 0.91%

Suburban Cook: 0.90%

Lake: 0.82%

McHenry: 0.63%

DuPage: 1.28%

Kane: 0.72%

Will: 0.98%

Kendall: 1.03%

La Salle: 0.73%

Grundy: 0.53%

DeKalb: 0.50%

Ogle: 0.91%

Lee: 0.55%

Whiteside: 0.70%

Regional update: As of Tuesday, the state’s 11 health care regions are in one of four varied restricted mitigations. Phase 4, Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3. Phase 4 is the least restrictive of the mitigations, and allows for among other things, indoor dining and most high school sports. Tier 3 is the most restrictive, and does not allow for indoor dining or high school sports.

Phase 4: Regions 3 and 5

Tier 1: Regions 1, 2 and 6

Tier 2: Regions 8, 9, 10 and 11

Tier 3: Regions 4 and 7

Click here for a definition of each phase and tier, and what is open/available.

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

How can a region advance a tier?

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 zero days under 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 8.4%. Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 11 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 10.4%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 7.7%.

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

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen zero days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 8.2%. Currently, 34% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 11 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 9.0%, and DuPage County is at 7.8%.

Hospitalizations have decreased six 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 7.5%. Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 11 consecutive above the 20% threshold for ICU 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 seen zero days under the 6.5% positivity rate to advance to Phase 4. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 6.8%. Currently, 29% of ICU are available.

The region has 11 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 9.7%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 1.4%, and Whiteside County’s rate increased to 5.8%.

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) has seen zero days under 6.5 to advance to Phase 4%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 7.0%.

Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 11 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU 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 increased to 7.2%.

Chicago has seen zero days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 8.0%. Currently, 31% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 11 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

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

Suburban Cook County has seen zero days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 8.1%. Currently, 22% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 11 consecutive days under the 20% threshold for ICU 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:

• Champaign County: 2 females 60s, 1 male 60s

• Clay County: 1 male 70s

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

• DuPage County: 2 females 80s

• Effingham County: 1 female 80s

• Marion County: 1 male 60s

• Montgomery County: 1 female 90s

• Peoria County: 2 females 90s

• Rock Island County: 1 male 70s

• Sangamon County: 1 female 70s

• Vermilion County: 1 male 60s

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.