May 11, 2021

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 reported 3,194 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 23 additional deaths on Saturday, and a total of 7,939,304 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Thursday, the state reported 166,885 shots being administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate is now 4.1%. The state received the results of 88,185 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,299,575 total cases of the virus, and 21,653 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 21,659,208 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Thursday, Illinois had 2,160 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 496 were in intensive care units, and 217 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, the IDPH reported a total of 9,930,945 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 7,939,304 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 3,269,153 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 25.66% of the 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: 23.60%

Suburban Cook: 26.33%

Lake: 23.03%

McHenry: 22.20%

DuPage: 27.86%

Kane: 22.47%

Will: 21.95%

Kendall: 22.85%

La Salle: 21.37%

Grundy: 23.51%

DeKalb: 20.30%

Ogle: 22.99%

Lee: 25.03%

Whiteside: 23.77%

Bureau: 23.82%

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 Friday, 76.63% 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, 48.68% 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% 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 84 consecutive days below 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 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 dropped to 8.6%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 3.3%.

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

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 87 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 6.8%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average went down to 8.0%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 6.2%.

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

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 89 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.7%. Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations have increased eight 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 92 days. The region’s positivity rate decreased slightly to 6.9%.

Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available. Saturday is the fifth straight day this region is under 20% ICU capacity.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased to 6.6%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 1.6%, and Whiteside County’s decreased to 8.2%.

Hospitalizations have 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 94 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decrease to 7.3%.

Currently, only 18% of ICU beds are available. Saturday marked the ninth consecutive day the region was under 20%.

Hospitalizations have increased for nine out of the past 10 days.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 5.1%.

Chicago has seen 87 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.6%.

Currently, 22% of ICU beds are available.

Suburban Cook County has seen 87 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate went down to 5.5%.

Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available. Saturday marked the fifth straight day the region was under 20% ICU capacity. 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:

  • Alexander County: 1 male 60s
  • Cook County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 3 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 60s
  • Kane County: 1 female 70s
  • Lee County: 1 male 70s
  • Marion County: 1 female 90s
  • Peoria County: 1 female 70s. 1 female 80s
  • Vermilion County: 2 males 80s
  • Will County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s





Cassie Buchman

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