March 01, 2021

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

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,092 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 5 additional deaths Saturday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased to 2.9%. The state received the results of 84,990 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Friday afternoon for a total of 17,106,909 tests done by the beginning of the pandemic.

Illinois has seen 1,160,523 total cases of the virus, and 19,926 people have died.

As of late Friday, Illinois had 1,892 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 425 were in intensive care units, and 202 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Friday, IDPH reported a total of 2,570,575 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 1,724,187 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 399,166 people in Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 3.13% of the population. 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: 3.08%
  • Suburban Cook: 2.95%
  • Lake: 2.17%
  • McHenry: 2.36%
  • DuPage: 3.53%
  • Kane: 2.23%
  • Will: 2.65%
  • Kendall: 2.80%
  • La Salle: 3.27%
  • Grundy: 3.20%
  • DeKalb: 2.41%
  • Ogle: 3.36%
  • Lee: 3.54%
  • Whiteside: 3.34%
  • Bureau: 3.33%

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 13 consecutive days at or under 6.5% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.8%. Currently, 33% 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 decreased to 5.6%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 4.5%.

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 12 consecutive days at or under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.4%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 62 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 5% and DuPage County is at 4.1%.

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 15 consecutive days at or under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.8%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 44 consecutive days under the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for seven 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 maintained a positivity rate of 6.5% or below for 21 days. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 3.6%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

The region has seen 62 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 3.6%, Lee County’s rate increased to 0.6%, and Whiteside County’s rate decreased to 6.2%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 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 22 days under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.5%.

Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available. The region has at least 50 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability. Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for nine out of the last 10 days in this region.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 3.6%.

Chicago has seen 16 consecutive days under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate went down to 4.2%.

Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available. The region has 62 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 16 days under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate stayed stagnant at 4.7%.

Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available. The region has 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.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

  • Champaign County: 1 female 30s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Clark County: 1 male 70s
  • Cook County: 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 50s, 2 females 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 female 90s, 2 males 90s
  • Edwards County: 1 male 40s
  • Franklin County: 1 female 60s
  • Gallatin County: 1 female 80s
  • Jefferson County: 1 female 60s
  • Johnson County: 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 1 male 40s, 3 males 70s
  • La Salle County: 1 male 90s
  • Macon County: 1 female 60s
  • Madison County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s
  • McLean County: 1 male 90s
  • Monroe County: 2 males 70s
  • Peoria County: 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • Rock Island County: 1 male 40s
  • Saline County: 1 male 60s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s
  • Stephenson County: 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
  • Tazewell County: 1 male 90s
  • Vermilion County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s
  • Wayne County: 1 female 90s
  • Will County: 1 female 90s
  • Williamson County: 1 female 90s

Cassie Buchman

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