June 13, 2021

New COVID-19 cases in Illinois continue to stay low as 36.16% of residents are fully vaccinated

Six of the past seven days have seen fewer than 2,000 new coronavirus cases in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,795 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 26 additional deaths Wednesday, and a total of 10,110,969 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Tuesday, the state reported administering 73,345 shots.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 2.8% to 2.7%. The state received the results of 70,216 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,359,748 total cases of the virus, and 22,285 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 23,505,414 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 1,899 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 466 were in intensive care units, and 246 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Wednesday, IDPH reported a total of 12,584,525 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 10,110,969 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 4,607,114 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 36.16%. 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: 35.58%

Suburban Cook: 38.28%

Lake: 33.15%

McHenry: 33.13%

DuPage: 41.89%

Kane: 34.18%

Will: 34.03%

Kendall: 35.12%

La Salle: 29.58%

Grundy: 33.13%

DeKalb: 29.72%

Ogle: 32.55%

Lee: 32.57%

Whiteside: 30.58%

Bureau: 31.42%

The state also updated its weekly reporting of breakthrough hospitalizations and deaths.

Breakthrough is defined as an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 at least 14 days after being fully vaccinated and did not test positive in the previous 45 days.

As of Wednesday, 183 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated, and 56 people have died from COVID-19 or complications, representing 0.97% of the state’s COVID-19 deaths since Jan. 1, 2021.

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

As of Wednesday, 80.84% 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, 57.29% 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 109 consecutive days below 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate dropped to 3.1%. 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 5.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.4%.

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

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen 112 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.3%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity stayed flat at 5.4%, and DuPage County’s fell to 3.8%.

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

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 114 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.2%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable 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 117 days. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.1%.

Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available. Wednesday is the 30th straight day this region is under 20% ICU capacity.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate stayed flat at 5.1%, Lee County’s rate stayed flat at 1.0%, and Whiteside County’s decreased to 2.0%.

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 118 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 4.3%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 4.0%.

Currently, only 17% of ICU beds are available. Wednesday is the 34th day with ICU capacity below 20%. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for nine out of the past 10 days.

Chicago has seen 112 consecutive days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.9%.

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 112 days below 8%. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 3.9%.

Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available. 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 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

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

• Kane County: 1 male 70s

• Kankakee County: 1 male 90s

• Lake County: 1 male 80s

• Logan County: 1 male 70s

• Macoupin County: 1 male 90s

• Madison County: 1 female 60s

• Montgomery County: 1 male 80s

• Peoria County: 1 female 80s

• Rock Island County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

• Schuyler County: 1 male 60s

• St. Clair County: 1 male 60s

• Tazewell County: 1 female 70s

• Winnebago County: 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.