April 21, 2021

Illinois administers another 124,870 vaccines; reports another 3,235 new virus cases

IDPH: 17.75% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,235 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 24 additional deaths Friday, and a total of 6,043,292 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The state reported administering 124,870 shots for Thursday.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate stayed flat at 3.5%. The state received the results of 90,575 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Friday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,251,346 total cases of the virus, and 21,349 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 20,499,802 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Thursday, Illinois had 1,445 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 314 were in intensive care units, and 129 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Friday, IDPH reported a total of 7,748,925 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 6,043,292 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 2,262,076 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 17.75%. 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: 15.02%

Suburban Cook: 17.84%

Lake: 15.09%

McHenry: 14.69%

DuPage: 18.62%

Kane: 15.65%

Will: 14.86%

Kendall: 17.21%

La Salle: 15.41%

Grundy: 13.66%

DeKalb: 13.05%

Ogle: 16.11%

Lee: 15.05%

Whiteside: 16.04%

Bureau: 16.07%

Bridge update: According to Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan announced March 18, the state needs 70% of Illinois residents ages 65 and older to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before it can advance to the state’s “bridge plan” that will open up capacity limits on all businesses. The state’s bridge plan is on pause as of Thursday, March 31 because of a continued rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases.

As of Thursday, 71.1% of those 65 and older had received one dose of the vaccine, according to the state’s dashboard.

Also, according to the state’s dashboard, 38.36% of Illinois residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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 69 consecutive days below 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.7%. Currently, 39% 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 5.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 3.2%.

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

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 72 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 5.6%. Currently, 34% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average increased to 5.7% and DuPage County’s decreased to 5.6%.

Hospitalizations have increased for seven out of the past 10 days in this region.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 74 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.2%. Currently, 31% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations have increased 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 below 8% for 77 days. The region’s positivity rate increased to 4.9%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased to 3.7%, Lee County’s rate increased to 1.7%, and Whiteside County’s increased to 7.1%.

Hospitalizations have increased 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 77 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 5.5%.

Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased for nine out of the past 10 days.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 2.7%.

Chicago has seen 72 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 4.6%.

Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Suburban Cook County has seen 72 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.8%.

Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 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: 2 males 30s, 1 male 40s, 2 males 50s, 2 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 4 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

• Madison County: 2 males 40s, 1 male 70s

• Rock Island County: 1 male 60s

• Saline County: 1 male 60s

• Sangamon County: 1 female 70s

• Whiteside County: 1 male 80s

• Will County: 2 females 70s

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.