June 21, 2021

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

63% of Illinois residents 65 and older vaccinated, inching closer to 70% threshold needed to move to new ‘bridge plan’

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,962 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 25 additional deaths Saturday. A total of 4,631,122 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate is 2.6%. The state received the results of 77,661 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,220,432 total cases of the virus, and 21,059 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 19,558,920 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Friday, Illinois had 1,179 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 228 were in intensive care units, and 103 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 5,756,795 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 4,631,122 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 1,730,625 people in Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 13.58%. 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: 13.78%
  • Lake: 11.52%
  • McHenry: 10.96%
  • DuPage: 13.89%
  • Kane: 11.01%
  • Will: 11.50%
  • Kendall: 13.62%
  • La Salle: 12.02%
  • Grundy: 10.34%
  • DeKalb: 10.58%
  • Ogle: 13.17%
  • Lee: 12.23%
  • Whiteside: 11.37%

Bridge update: According to Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan announced on March 18, the state needs to get to 70% of Illinois residents aged 65 and older to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to advance to the state’s “bridge plan” that will open up capacity limits on all businesses.

The bridge plan will last 28 days, and after that Illinois will enter a full reopening – Phase 5 – when 50% of Illinois residents aged 16 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, provide the state doesn’t see a reversal in declining COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths.

As of Saturday, 63% of those 65 and older and 29% of those 16 and older had received one dose of the vaccine, according to the state’s dashboard.

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

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen 56 consecutive days under 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate stayed at 3.1%. 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 4.3%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.8%.

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

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 59 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 4.0%. Currently, 31% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average increased to 3.8% and DuPage County stayed at 4.0%.

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

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 61 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.2%. Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available.

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 64 days. The region’s positivity rate increased to 2.8%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 2.5%, Lee County’s rate increased to 1.2%, and Whiteside County’s increased to 4.5%.

Hospitalizations have increased 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 65 days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed at 3.1%.

Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available. The region has 85 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability. Hospitalizations have increased for four days.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 2.2%.

Chicago has seen 59 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 2.9%.

Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available. As of Saturday, 63% of those 65 and older had received one dose of the vaccine, according to the state’s dashboard.

Suburban Cook County has seen 59 days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate remained at 3.6%.

Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased six out of the last 10 days in this region.

Regional data from the IDPH remains on a three-day lag.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

  • Cook County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s
  • Douglas County: 1 female 90s
  • Franklin County: 1 female 90s
  • Madison County: 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s
  • McHenry County: 1 male 80s
  • McLean County: 1 female 90s
  • Moultrie County: 1 female 100+
  • Ogle County: 1 male 80s
  • Sangamon County: 1 female 90s
  • St. Clair County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s
  • Will County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s


Cassie Buchman

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