May 13, 2021

Illinois sets a single-day record for COVID-19 vaccine doses for third straight day, administering more than 175,000 shots

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 set a new record, for the third straight day, for vaccine doses administered in a single day with 175,681 provided Friday.

As of Saturday, more than 7 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Illinois.

The IDPH also reported reported 3,630 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 13 additional deaths Saturday, and a total of 7,047,326 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate stayed flat at 4.2%. The state received the results of 84,478 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Friday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,276,830 total cases of the virus, and 21,489 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 21,102,407 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Friday, Illinois had 1,831 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 381 were in intensive care units, and 178 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Friday, IDPH reported a total of 9,001,105 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 7,047,326 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 2,777,567 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 21.80%. 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: 19.28%
  • Suburban Cook: 21.98%
  • Lake: 19.18%
  • McHenry: 18.41%
  • DuPage: 23.28%
  • Kane: 19.18%
  • Will: 18.21%
  • Kendall: 19.73%
  • La Salle: 17.75%
  • Grundy: 20.79%
  • DeKalb: 16.66%
  • Ogle: 19.73%
  • Lee: 20.17%
  • Whiteside: 21.01%
  • Bureau: 18.77%

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 remains on pause because of a continued rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases.

As of Saturday, 74.47% 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, 44.15% 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.

For regions experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19, Tier 1 mitigations may be applied in either of these two scenarios:

• If a region’s test positivity rate is greater than or equal to 8 percent for three consecutive days (measured with the 7-day rolling average)

• If a region experiences both a sustained increase in test positivity rate (measured with the 7-day rolling average for 7 of 10 days) and hospital capacity is threatened, which is measured by either:

A. A sustained increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital (measured with the 7-day average for 7 of 10 days), or

B. Staffed ICU bed availability falls below 20% for three consecutive days (measured with the 7-day rolling average)

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen 77 consecutive days below 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate increased to 4.1%. Currently, 40% 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 6.6%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 3.6%.

Hospitalizations increased six out of the past 10 days in this region.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 80 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 7.4%. Currently, 29% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average increased to 8% and DuPage County’s increased to 7.1%.

Hospitalizations increased nine out of the past 10 days in this region.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 82 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 5.9%. Currently, 22% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations increased 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 85 days. The region’s positivity rate stayed at 6.1%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 5.8%, Lee County’s rate increased to 1.7%, and Whiteside County’s decreased to 8.2%.

Hospitalizations increased 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 86 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 7.1%.

Currently, only 19% of ICU beds are available, potentially putting the region one day away from Tier 1 restrictions if ICU capacity remains under 20%. Hospitalizations increased for 10 out of the past 10 days.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 4.3%.

Chicago has seen 80 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 5.4%.

Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations increased for 10 out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County has seen 80 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed at 5.3%.

Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations 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: 1 male 40s, 2 males 50s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
  • Jo Daviess County: 1 female 80s
  • Kankakee County: 1 male 70s
  • La Salle County: 1 female 70s
  • McLean County: 1 male 60s
  • Tazewell County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 90s
  • Will County: 1 female 90s
  • Woodford County: 1 male 70s

Cassie Buchman

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