June 13, 2021

COVID-19 hospitalizations stabilize, new cases drop, as almost 80% of Illinois seniors have gotten at least 1 vaccine dose

State’s positivity rate drops to 3%

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,778 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 40 additional deaths Thursday, and a total of 9,646,432 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Wednesday, the state reported administering 99,599 shots.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 3.3% to 3%. The state received the results of 96,296 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,348,176 total cases of the virus, and 22,136 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 23,103,484 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 2,055 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 483 were in intensive care units, and 243 were on ventilators.

The confirmed number of COVID-19 variant cases in the state increased to 4,749 total. There are 3,168 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, commonly known as the U.K. variant, and 1,097 confirmed cases of the P.1 variant, commonly called the Brazilian variant.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, the IDPH reported that a total of 12,247,735 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 9,646,432 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 4,282,681 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 33.61% 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: 32.76%

Suburban Cook: 35.24%

Lake: 30.80%

McHenry: 30.42%

DuPage: 38.12%

Kane: 30.43%

Will: 31.00%

Kendall: 32.12%

La Salle: 27.50%

Grundy: 31.24%

DeKalb: 28.57%

Ogle: 30.62%

Lee: 31.62%

Whiteside: 29.19%

Bureau: 29.81%

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.

Pritzker announced Thursday afternoon the state would move to the Bridge Phase on Friday, May 14.

As of Thursday, 79.98% 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, 55.70% 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 103 consecutive days below 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate increased to 3.7%. Currently, 26% 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 6.3%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 3.0%.

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

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 106 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 5.1%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity stayed flat at 6.3%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 4.5%.

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

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 108 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.7%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations have increased six 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 110 days. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.7%.

Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. Thursday is the 24th straight day this region is under 20% ICU capacity.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased to 4.9%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 1.2%, and Whiteside County’s increased to 4.0%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable 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 112 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.9%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 4.7%.

Currently, only 16% of ICU beds are available. Thursday is the 28th day with ICU capacity below 20%. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for eight out of the past 10 days.

Chicago has seen 106 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed decreased to 4.4%.

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 106 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.6%.

Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. The region has been under the 20% threshold for nine 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:

• Adams County: 1 male 70s

• Cook County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 3 females 70s, 2 males 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

• DuPage County: 1 male 70s

• Franklin County: 1 female 70s

• Fulton County: 1 female 60s

• Grundy County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 90s

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

• Kankakee County: 1 male 50s

• Lake County: 1 female 60s

• La Salle County: 1 male 60s

• Macon County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s

• McLean County: 1male 30s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s

• Morgan County: 1 male 60s

• Peoria County: 1 female 70s

• Perry County: 1 male 50s

• Pike County: 1 male 70s

• Rock Island County: 1 female 40s

• Sangamon County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

• St. Clair County: 1 female 90s

• Tazewell County: 1 male 70s

• Whiteside County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s

• Will County: 1 female 70s

• Winnebago County: 1 female 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.