March 01, 2021

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

State’s positivity rate declines to 2.8%, and 3.38% of Illinois residents have received both COVID-19 vaccine doses

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,348 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 32 additional deaths Tuesday, and a total of 1,863,562 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased to 2.8%. The state received the results of 46,630 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,164,922 total cases of the virus, and 20,034 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 17,270,877 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 1,726 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 385 were in intensive care units, and 179 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Tuesday, IDPH reported a total of 2,474,875 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 1,863,562 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 430,489 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 3.38%. 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: 3.42%

Suburban Cook: 3.17%

Lake: 2.36%

McHenry: 2.52%

DuPage: 3.76%

Kane: 2.43%

Will: 2.86%

Kendall: 2.98%

La Salle: 3.37%

Grundy: 3.28%

DeKalb: 2.76%

Ogle: 3.41%

Lee: 3.67%

Whiteside: 4.01%

Bureau: 3.36%

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 16 consecutive days at or under 6.5% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.4%. Currently, 35% 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 increased to 5.5%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 4.0%.

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 15 consecutive days at or under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 4.3%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 65 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 4.6% and DuPage County is at 4.2%.

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 18 consecutive days at or under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased slightly to 4.7%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 47 consecutive days under the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for six 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 24 days. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 3.4%. Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available.

The region has seen 64 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 3.5%, Lee County’s rate stayed flat at 0.6%, and Whiteside County’s rate increased to 5.1%.

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 25 days under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.0%.

Currently, 31% of ICU beds are available. The region has at least 52 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 stayed the same at 3.6%.

Chicago has seen 19 consecutive days under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 3.8%.

Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available. The region has 65 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 20 days under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 4.3%.

Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available. The region has 46 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:

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

• DuPage County: 2 males 50s, 1 male 60s

• Lake County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s

• Whiteside County: 1 male 80s

• Will County: 1 female 90s

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.