February 27, 2021

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

Illinois Department of Public Health reports 3,062 new cases of COVID-19, 60 additional deaths Wednesday

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,062 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 60 additional deaths Wednesday, and a total of 1,635,925 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased to 3.4%. The state received the results of 90,295 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,144,281 total cases of the virus, and 19,585 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 16,555,035 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 2,271 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 485 were in intensive care units, and 246 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 Saturday, IDPH reported a total of 2,132,025 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 1,294,498 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 284,786 people in Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 2.24%. 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: 2.15%
  • Lake: 1.63%
  • McHenry: 1.76%
  • DuPage: 2.59%
  • Kane: 1.72%
  • Will: 1.97%
  • Kendall: 2.08%
  • La Salle: 2.59%
  • Grundy: 2.49%
  • Ogle: 2.66%
  • Lee: 2.48%
  • DeKalb: 1.74%
  • Whiteside: 2.52%

Regional update: Currently, all 11 of the state’s health regions are in Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan.

Phase 5 in Illinois – all sectors of the economy reopen with businesses, schools, and recreation resuming normal operations with new safety guidance and procedures – comes when “either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period,” according to the state’s Restore Illinois plan.

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 six consecutive days at or under 6.5% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.9%. Currently, 31% of ICU beds are available.

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

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average rose slightly to 6.8%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 5.6%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen five consecutive days at or under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.4%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 55 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 6.5% and DuPage County is at 4.8%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen eight consecutive days at or under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.8%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 37 consecutive under the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties) has maintained a positivity rate of 6.5% or below for 15 days. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.2%. Currently, 33% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 55 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased to 3.9%, Lee County’s rate increased to 1%, and Whiteside County’s rate decreased to 5.1%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for eight out of the last 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 15 days under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate went down to 4.7%.

Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available. The region has at least 43 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability. Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 3.7%.

Chicago has seen seven consecutive days under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 5%.

Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available. The region has 55 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

Suburban Cook County has seen nine days under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.8%.

Currently, 29% of ICU beds are available. The region has 55 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 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: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s
  • Clay County: 1 female 80s
  • Cook County: 3 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 5 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 5 males 80s, 2 males 90s
  • DeKalb County: 1 female 80s
  • DuPage County: 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s
  • Edgar County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s
  • Jackson County: 1 male 90s
  • Jefferson County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s
  • Johnson County: 1 male 80s
  • Kane County: 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Lake County: 1 male 70s
  • La Salle County: 1 male 40s
  • Livingston County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Macon County: 1 male 70s
  • McHenry County: 1 female 70s
  • Montgomery County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Moultrie County: 1 male 90s
  • Peoria County: 1 male 60s, 2 males 80s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Stephenson County: 1 male 80s
  • Union County: 1 male 70s
  • Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
  • Williamson County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 80s

Cassie Buchman

I cover Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Cary, Fox River Grove, Prairie Grove and Oakwood Hills for the Northwest Herald.