May 13, 2021

Illinois administers another 40,361 vaccines; state’s positivity rate drops to 3.3%

Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations back over 2,000 patients

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,211 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 19 additional deaths Tuesday, and a total of 9,450,418 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Monday, the state reported administering 40,361 shots. But for the second straight day, according to an IDPH news release, “data from this weekend from several pharmacies (Walgreens, Albertsons, CVS) is not yet available due to a national outage in the pharmacies system so the doses being reported as administered are likely to be low.”

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 3.4% to 3.3%. The state received the results of 57,483 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,343,988 total cases of the virus, and 22,066 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 22,929,518 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 2,074 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 493 were in intensive care units, and 262 were on ventilators.

The total confirmed variant cases in the state increased to 4,319. There are 2,832 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, commonly called the UK variant; 1,036 cases of the P.1 variant, commonly called the Brazilian variant; 399 cases of the B.1.427/429 variant, commonly called the California variant; and 52 cases of the B.1.351 variant, commonly called the South African variant.

Vaccine update: As of Tuesday, IDPH reported a total of 11,970,775 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 9,450,418 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 4,145,711 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 32.54%. 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: 31.68%

Suburban Cook: 34.14%

Lake: 29.68%

McHenry: 29.12%

DuPage: 36.45%

Kane: 28.82%

Will: 29.38%

Kendall: 30.44%

La Salle: 26.35%

Grundy: 29.90%

DeKalb: 26.99%

Ogle: 29.46%

Lee: 30.06%

Whiteside: 28.18%

Bureau: 29.12%

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 Tuesday, 79.54% 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, 55.06% 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 101 consecutive days below 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.6%. 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 increased to 6.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.8%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in this region.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 104 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 5.3%. Currently, 22% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity stayed flat at 6.6%, and DuPage County’s increased to 4.7%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable six out of the past 10 days in this region.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 106 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 5.9%. Currently, 22% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations have decreased five 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 109 days. The region’s positivity rate increased to 5.8%.

Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available. Tuesday is the 22nd 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 decreased to 1.4%, and Whiteside County’s decreased to 3.8%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable 10 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 110 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.2%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 5.2%.

Currently, only 16% of ICU beds are available. Tuesday is the 26th day with ICU capacity below 20%. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for eight out of the past 10 days.

Chicago has seen 104 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 4.5%.

Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for eight out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County has seen 104 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 4.9%.

Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. The region has been under the 20% threshold for eight straight days. Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable 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 50s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 3 males 80s, 1 male 90s

• DuPage County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

• Franklin County: 1 male 70s

• Kane County: 1 male 50s

• Lake County: 1 male 80s

• Peoria County: 1 female 40s

• Rock Island County: 1 male 80s

• Sangamon County: 1 male 70s

• St. Clair County: 1 female 80s

• Will County: 1 male 60s

John Sahly

John Sahly is the digital editor for the Shaw Media Local News Network. He has been with Shaw Media since 2008, previously serving as the Northwest Herald's digital editor, and the Daily Chronicle sports editor and sports reporter.