The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,666 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths Sunday, and a total of 8,054,634 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.
The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 4.1% to 4%. The state received the results of 70,106 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday afternoon.
Illinois has seen 1,302,241 total cases of the virus, and 21,663 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 21,729,314 tests since the start of the pandemic.
As of late Saturday, Illinois had 2,127 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 510 were in intensive care units, and 209 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 Sunday, IDPH reported a total of 9,930,945 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 8,054,634 vaccines administered.
As of the time this story was published, 3,330,480 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 26.14%. 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:
La Salle: 21.68%
Variant cases increase: The state is also up to 1,434 confirmed variant virus cases, an increase of 231 from Thursday. The state updates confirmed variant cases on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
A majority of the increases came in the B.1.1.7 variant, commonly called the United Kingdom variant. The state is reporting 1,037 cases of B.1.1.7.
There are 288 cases of the P.1 variant, commonly called the Brazilian variant; 92 confirmed cases of the B.1.427/429 variant, commonly called the California variant; and 17 confirmed cases of the B.1.351 variant, commonly called the South African variant.
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 Sunday, 76.82% 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, 49.22% 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).
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 85 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 8.5%. 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 88 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 6.7%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.
Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average went up to 8.2%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 5.9%.
Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region.
The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 90 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 5.9%. 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 93 days. The region’s positivity rate increased slightly to 7%.
Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available. Sunday is the sixth straight day this region is under 20% ICU capacity.
Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 6.9%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 1.5%, and Whiteside County’s increased to 8.7%.
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 decreased to 7.2%.
Currently, only 17% of ICU beds are available. Sunday marked the 10th consecutive day the region was under 20%.
Hospitalizations have increased for 10 out of the past 10 days.
Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 5.4%.
Chicago has seen 88 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 5.6%.
Currently, 22% of ICU beds are available.
Suburban Cook County has seen 88 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate went up to 5.6%.
Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. Sunday marked the sixth 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:
• Cook County: 2 males 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s
• DuPage County: 1 male 80s
• La Salle County: 1 male 70s
• Peoria County: 1 female 70s
• Sangamon County: 1 female 60s
• Will County: 1 female 70s