March 04, 2021

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

IDPH announces Suburban Cook, city of Chicago have advanced to Tier 1

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 5,152 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 97 additional confirmed deaths Saturday.

Illinois has seen 1,098,527 total cases of the virus and 18,711 deaths where COVID-19 was confirmed. The state has conducted a total of 15,319,694 tests since the start of the pandemic.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 5.0% to 4.9%. The state received the results of 110,178 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday afternoon.

As of late Friday, Illinois had 3,121 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 644 were in intensive care units, and 338 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 Friday, IDPH reported a total of 1,636,775 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 657,820 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 133,949 Illinois residents had been fully vaccinated, or 1.05%. 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: 1.16%
  • Suburban Cook: 1.10%
  • Lake: 0.96%
  • McHenry: 0.72%
  • DuPage: 1.60%
  • Kane: 0.88%
  • Will: 1.14%
  • Kendall: 1.17%%
  • La Salle: 0.86%
  • Grundy: 0.57%
  • DeKalb: 0.53%
  • Ogle: 1.05%
  • Lee: 0.65%
  • Whiteside: 0.87%

Regional update: Suburban Cook County and the city of Chicago – advanced Saturday to Tier 1, which is even less restrictive and allows for limited indoor dining at bars and restaurants, as long as COVID-19 metrics continue to improve or remain stable.

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 remained flat at 8.0%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

The region has never fallen below the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability since tracking began June 13.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average remained at 9.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 7.3%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable 8 out of the past 10 days in this region.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen three days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 7.6%. Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 41 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average fell to 8.3%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 7.2%.

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

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen zero days at or under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate remained at 7.6%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 23 consecutive above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have remained stable or decreased eight out of the past 10 days in this region.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) saw its positivity rate decrease to 6.5%. It had been below the 6.5% positivity rate needed to advance to Phase 4 for two days before briefly increasing to 6.6% on Friday. Currently, 29% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 41 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased to 11.1%, Lee County’s rate fell to 0.9%, and Whiteside County’s rate rose to 6.1%.

Hospitalizations have decreased nine 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 one day at or under 6.5%, the threshold need to advance to Phase 4. The region’s positivity rate decreased from 6.7% to 6.3%.

Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 29 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

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

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 6.4%.

Chicago has seen two three days of positivity rates under 8%. The region’s positivity rate fell to 7.6%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 41 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 three days of positivity rates under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 7.6%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 22 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 male 80s
  • Boone County: 1 female 50s
  • Champaign County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
  • Christian County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s
  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 3 females 60s, 3 males 60s, 4 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 3 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 2 males 90s
  • DeKalb County: 2 males 80s
  • DuPage County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Effingham County: 1 female 80s
  • Jo Daviess County: 1 male 70s
  • Kane County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 males 80s
  • Kankakee County: 1 male 40s, 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 2 females 60s, 4 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s, 2 females 90s, 1 male 90s
  • La Salle County: 1 male 80s
  • Logan County: 1 female 60s
  • Madison County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s
  • Massac County: 1 female over 100
  • McHenry County: 1 female 90s
  • Montgomery County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Perry County: 1 male 70s
  • Rock Island County: 2 females 90s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 80s
  • Schuyler County: 1 female 60s
  • St. Clair County: 2 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Tazewell County: 1 male 80s
  • Vermilion County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 80s
  • Wabash County: 1 female 90s
  • White County: 1 female 80s
  • Will County: 1 male 60s
  • Williamson County: 1 female 70s
  • Winnebago County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Woodford County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s

Kyle Nabors

Kyle Nabors is Shaw Local's Group Sports Editor and has been with Shaw Media since 2017.