June 16, 2021

New COVID-19 cases continue to fall as 4.5 million Illinois residents are now fully vaccinated

IDPH: 35.42% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,424 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 12 additional deaths Monday, and a total of 9,978,915 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

Four the past five days in Illinois have seen fewer than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19. That kind of stretch of sub-2,000 case days hasn’t occurred in Illinois since March.

For Sunday, the state reported administering 70,426 shots.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 2.9% to 2.8%. The state received the results of 41,133 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Monday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,356,391 total cases of the virus, and 22,235 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 23,388,864 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 1,906 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 473 were in intensive care units, and 242 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Monday, IDPH reported a total of 12,459,585 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 9,978,915 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 4,512,724 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 35.42%. 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: 34.78%

Suburban Cook: 37.38%

Lake: 32.59%

McHenry: 32.11%

DuPage: 40.78%

Kane: 33.36%

Will: 33.16%

Kendall: 34.52%

La Salle: 29.06%

Grundy: 32.84%

DeKalb: 29.40%

Ogle: 31.55%

Lee: 32.26%

Whiteside: 30.20%

Bureau: 30.91%

Bridge update: Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday afternoon the state would move to the Bridge Phase on Friday, May 14, barring any setbacks related to COVID-19.

As of Monday, 80.56% of Illinois residents 65 and older had received one dose of the vaccine, according to the state’s dashboard.

Also, according to the state’s dashboard, 56.85% 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 107 consecutive days below 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate dropped to 3.4%. Currently, 25% 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 6.2%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.7%.

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

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 110 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.7%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity decreased to 5.8%, and DuPage County’s fell to 4.1%.

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

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 112 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.7%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations have increased 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 115 days. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.8%.

Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available. Monday is the 28th straight day this region is under 20% ICU capacity.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased to 5.3%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 1.1%, and Whiteside County’s decreased to 2.3%.

Hospitalizations 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 116 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.4%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 4.4%.

Currently, only 16% of ICU beds are available. Monday is the 32nd day with ICU capacity below 20%. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for nine out of the past 10 days.

Chicago has seen 110 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.1%.

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

Suburban Cook County has seen 110 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.1%.

Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. The region has been under the 20% threshold for 15 straight days. Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable eight 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 female 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

• Peoria County: 1 female 30s, 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s

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.