September 21, 2021

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

Illinois’ positivity rate dropped to 5.5% and 0.89% of the state’s population has been vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,822 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 107 additional deaths Wednesday, and a total of 537,740 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate dropped from 5.7% to 5.5%. The state received the results of 86,121 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,081,354 total cases of the virus, and 18,398 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 14,984,649 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 3,284 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the fewest since Oct. 30. Of those, 722 were in intensive care units, and 379 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 Wednesday, IDPH reported a total of 1,388,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 537,740 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 112,823 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 0.89%. 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:

Cook: 0.93%

Lake: 0.84%

McHenry: 0.64%

DuPage: 1.39%

Kane: 0.77%

Will: 1.03%

Kendall: 1.09%

La Salle: 0.73%

Grundy: 0.54%

DeKalb: 0.51%

Ogle: 0.92%

Lee: 0.56%

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 at or under 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 8.3%. 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 10.1%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 7.7%.

Hospitalizations have decreased 5 out of the past 10 days in this region.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen zero days at or under 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed the same at 8.2%. Currently, 33% 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 9.1%, and DuPage County is at 7.7%.

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 at or under 12%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 7.4%. Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available.

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

Hospitalizations have decreased three 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 one day at or under the 6.5% positivity rate to advance to Phase 4. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 6.4%. Currently, 31% 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 decreased to 9.3%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 1.3%, and Whiteside County’s rate decreased to 5.7%.

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 at or under 6.5% to advance to Phase 4. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 6.8%.

Currently, 32% 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 decreased to 6.8%.

Chicago has seen two days of positivity rates equal to or under 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed the same at 8.0%. Currently, 29% 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 one day of positivity rates equal to or under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased slightly to 8%. 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:

- Adams County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

- Champaign County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s

- Christian County: 1 male 60s

- Clinton County: 1 male 70s

- Coles County: 1 female 90s

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

- DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 100+

- Ford County: 1 female 90s

- Franklin County: 1 male 80s

- Iroquois County: 1 female 90s

- Jackson County: 1 female 90s

- Jersey County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

- Kane County: 2 females 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

- Kankakee County: 1 female 80s

- Kendall County: 1 male 70s

- Knox County: 1 male 80s

- Lake County: 4 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s

- Lee County: 1 female 90s

- Logan County: 1 female 80s

- Macon County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s

- Madison County: 1 male 60s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s

- Mason County: 1 female 50s

- McHenry County: 1 male 80s

- McLean County: 1 female 80s, 2 males 80s

- Mercer County: 1 male 70s

- Monroe County: 1 male 80s

- Montgomery County: 1 female 80s, 1 female 100+

- Morgan County: 1 female 50s, 1female 90s

- Peoria County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 50s, 2 males 50s, 1 female 60s

- Richland County: 1 female 50s

- Rock Island County: 1 male 60s

- St. Clair County: 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

- Stephenson County: 1 male 70s, 2 females 90s

- Tazewell County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

- Vermilion County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

- Whiteside County: 1 male 70s

- Will County: 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s

- Winnebago County: 3 females 80s, 1 male 80s

Kelli Duncan

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.