June 24, 2021

Illinois’ COVID-19 positivity rate falls again to lowest rate during the pandemic - 2.0%

IDPH: 40.37% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,139 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 27 additional deaths Wednesday, and a total of 11,049,665 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Tuesday, the state administered 59,494 shots.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 2.1% to 2.0%, the lowest rate for the state during the pandemic. The state received the results of 57,402 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,378,388 total cases of the virus, and 22,676 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 24,366,520 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 1,395 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 351 were in intensive care units, and 181 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Wednesday, IDPH reported a total of 13,424,185 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 11,049,665 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 5,143,545 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 40.37%. 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.

The state also provided a weekly update to the number 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. There have been a total of 243 breakthrough hospitalizations, and 83 deaths. The 83 deaths represent 1.31% of all of the state’s COVID-19 deaths since Jan. 1, 2021.

In northern Illinois, here is the percentage of the population fully vaccinated by county:

Chicago: 40.16%

Suburban Cook: 43.13%

Lake: 38.68%

McHenry: 38.72%

DuPage: 47.82%

Kane: 38.59%

Will: 38.55%

Kendall: 39.63%

La Salle: 34.24%

Grundy: 35.66%

DeKalb: 34.21%

Ogle: 35.15%

Lee: 35.75%

Whiteside: 35.40%

Bureau: 34.26%

Regional update: All 11 regions in the state are in the bridge phase, the final phase before a full reopening of the state’s businesses.

Barring any setbacks in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations or deaths, the state will enter Phase 5 on Friday, June 11.

Regional data from the IDPH remains on a three-day lag.

The North Suburban (McHenry and Lake counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 2.1%. Currently, 30% 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 4.8%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 1.6%.

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

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 4.4%. Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity decreased to 5.3%, and DuPage County’s increased to 3.9%.

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

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.1%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

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

The North (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties) region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 3.4%.

Currently, only 17% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased to 7.2%, Lee County’s rate stayed flat at 0.7%, and Whiteside County’s stayed flat at 0.8%.

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

The North-Central (Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, and Woodford counties) region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 2.7%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 2.1%.

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

Chicago’s positivity rate decreased to 2.8%.

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

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate decreased to 2.9%.

Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine 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, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s

• Kane County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 40s, 1 female 80s

• Kankakee County: 1 female 80s

• Knox County: 1 female 50s

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

• Logan County: 1 male 70s

• Macon County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 80s

• Marion County: 1 female 50s

• Marshall County: 1 male 70s

• McDonough County: 1 female 60s

• Pike County: 1 male 30s

• Tazewell County; 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s

• Vermilion County: 1 male 70s

• Will County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

• Williamson County; 1 male 50s

• Winnebago County: 1 female 80s

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.