May 13, 2021

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

Daily mortality tied to COVID-19 on the rise statewide, IDPH reports

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,813 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 32 additional deaths Saturday, as well as a total of 9,348,459 COVID-19 vaccines doses administered.

For Friday, the state reported administering 88,753 shots.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate increased to 3.5% from 3.4%. The state received the results of 83,070 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,337,868 total cases of the virus, and 21,992 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 22,749,403 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Friday, Illinois had 2,000 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 473 were in intensive care units, and 238 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Saturday, IDPH reported a total of 11,802,395 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 9,348,459 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 4,086,376 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 32.07%. 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: 31.01 %
  • Suburban Cook: 33.62 %
  • Lake: 29.09%
  • McHenry: 28.46%
  • DuPage: 35.83%
  • Kane: 28.52%
  • Will: 28.86%
  • Kendall: 30.14%
  • La Salle: 26.13 %
  • Grundy: 29.27%
  • DeKalb: 26.84%
  • Ogle: 29.22%
  • Lee: 29.94%
  • Whiteside: 28.06%
  • Bureau: 28.78%

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 phase that will open up capacity limits on all businesses. The state’s bridge phase remains on pause because of a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations and daily mortality.

As of Saturday, 79.33% 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, 54.62% 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.

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

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen 98 consecutive days below 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.8%. Currently, 27% 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 7.6%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.9%.

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

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 101 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.4%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity went down to 6.7%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 4.7%.

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

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 103 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 5.6%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased 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 106 days. The region’s positivity rate increased to 5.3%.

Currently, 15% of ICU beds are available. Saturday is the 19th straight day this region is under 20% ICU capacity.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 5.2%, Lee County’s rate stayed at 1.4%, and Whiteside County’s decreased to 4.0%.

Hospitalizations decreased eight 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 107 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed at 5.2%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 5.5%.

Currently, only 16% of ICU beds are available. Saturday is 23rd day with ICU capacity below 20%. Hospitalizations decreased for nine days out of the past 10 days.

Chicago has seen 101 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed at 4.6%.

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

Suburban Cook County has seen 101 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 4.8%.

Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased 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:

  • Champaign County: 1 male 60s
  • Cook County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 2 females 60s, 1 male 60s, 3 males 70s
  • DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s
  • Fulton County: 1 female 60s
  • Jasper County: 1 male 80s
  • Kane County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 80s
  • Lake County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 70s
  • La Salle County: 1 female 80s
  • Macon County: 1 female 60s
  • Madison County: 1 female 30s
  • McLean County: 1 female 80s
  • Ogle County: 1 male 70s
  • Tazewell County: 1 female 70s
  • Will County: 1 male 60s
  • Winnebago County: 1 female 50s
  • Woodford County: 1 male 40s, 1 female 60s




Cassie Buchman

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