April 17, 2021

Another 93,000 vaccines administered in Illinois; 1,740 new coronavirus cases

IDPH: 7.47% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and almost 3 million doses have been administered

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,740 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 42 additional deaths Thursday, and a total of 2,993,543 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered. On Wednesday, the state administered 93,302 vaccine doses.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate stayed flat at 2.4%. The state received the results of 73,990 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,193,260 total cases of the virus, and 20,668 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 18,389,512 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 1,200 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 260 were in intensive care units, and 128 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, the IDPH reported that a total of 4,007,475 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 2,993,543 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 952,141 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 7.47% of the state’s population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

There can be as much as a 72-hour delay in reporting from health care providers on vaccines administered.

In northern Illinois, here is the percentage of the population fully vaccinated by county:

Chicago: 6.88%

Suburban Cook: 7.28%

Lake: 5.71%

McHenry: 5.02%

DuPage: 7.42%

Kane: 4.75%

Will: 5.49%

Kendall: 8.00%

La Salle: 7.82%

Grundy: 6.44%

DeKalb: 5.13%

Ogle: 7.16%

Lee: 8.39%

Whiteside: 7.80%

Bureau: 7.33%

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 40 consecutive days under 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate increased to 3.5%. Currently, 30% 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 5.3%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.9%.

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 43 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 3.8%. Currently, 31% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 81 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 4.2% and DuPage County is at 3.6%.

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

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 45 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate remained the same at 3.6%. Currently, 32% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 63 consecutive days under the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 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 under 8% for 48 days. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 2.1%. Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available.

The region has seen 81 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 2.3%, Lee County’s rate increased to 0.5%, and Whiteside County’s decreased to 3.1%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 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 50 days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 2.9%.

Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available. The region has 69 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 increased to 3.1%.

Chicago has seen 43 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 2.9%.

Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available. The region has 81 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 43 days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate remained the same at 3.4%.

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.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

• Bureau County: 1 male 50s

• Champaign County: 1 male 80s

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

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

• Kane County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s

• Lake County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s

• La Salle County: 1 female 80s

• Macon County: 1 male 80s

• Madison County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s

• McLean County: 1 male 70s

• Monroe County; 1 male 80s

• Morgan County: 1 female 70s

• Ogle County: 1 male 80s

• Peoria County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s

• Sangamon County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s

• Stephenson County: 1 female 100+

• Will County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 1 male 70s

• Winnebago 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.