May 13, 2021

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

ICU capacity below 20% thresholds in several parts of state

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,860 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 27 additional deaths Sunday, as well as a total of 9,393,137 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered.

For Saturday, 44,678 shots of vaccines were administered in the state.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased to 3.4% from 3.5%. The state received the results of 73,159 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,339,728 total cases of the virus, and 22,019 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 22,822,562 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Saturday, Illinois had 1,916 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 472 were in intensive care units, and 225 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 11,802,395 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 9,393,137 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 4,110,924 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 32.27%. 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: 31.33%
  • Suburban Cook: 33.83%
  • Lake: 29.34%
  • McHenry: 28.75%
  • DuPage: 36.10%
  • Kane: 28.64%
  • Will: 29.08%
  • Kendall: 30.27%
  • La Salle: 26.22%
  • Grundy: 29.84%
  • DeKalb: 26.87%
  • Ogle: 29.28%
  • Lee: 29.97%
  • Whiteside: 28.09%
  • Bureau: 28.91%

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.

As of Sunday, 79.41% 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, 54.83% 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 99 consecutive days below 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.7%. 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 7.1%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.9%.

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

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 102 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 5.4%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity went up to 6.9%, and DuPage County’s stayed flat at 4.7%.

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

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 104 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 5.8%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased seven 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 107 days. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.2%.

Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available. Sunday is the 20th straight day this region is under 20% ICU capacity.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased to 4.5%, Lee County’s rate fell to 1.3%, and Whiteside County’s increased to 4.1%.

Hospitalizations decreased 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 108 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed at 5.2%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 5.6%.

Currently, only 16% of ICU beds are available. Sunday is 24th day with ICU capacity below 20%. Hospitalizations decreased for nine days out of the past 10 days.

Chicago has seen 102 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed at 4.6%.

Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for six out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County has seen 102 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 4.8% for five days.

Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available. The region has been under the 20% threshold for seven straight days. 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:

  • Adams County: 1 male 70s
  • Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 female 40s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 3 males 80s
  • Franklin County: 1 male 60s
  • Iroquois County: 1 male 70s
  • Kane County: 1 female 50s
  • Kankakee County: 1 female 70s
  • La Salle County: 1 male 80s
  • Madison County: 1 male 60s
  • McHenry County: 1 female 70s
  • McLean County: 1 female 80s
  • Tazewell County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s
  • Will County: 1 female 50s
  • Williamson County: 1 female 60s
  • Winnebago County: 1 male 80s
  • Woodford County: 1 male 70s

Sam Lounsberry

Sam Lounsberry covers local government, business, K-12 education and all other aspects of life in McHenry County, in particular in the communities of Woodstock, McHenry, Richmond, Spring Grove, Wonder Lake and Johnsburg.