June 24, 2021

Illinois’ COVID-19 positivity rate falls again to a pandemic-low 1.9%

IDPH: 40.62% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 891 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 42 additional deaths Thursday, and a total of 11,113,382 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Wednesday, the state administered 63,717 shots.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 2.0% to 1.9%, the third straight day of a record low positivity rate for the pandemic. The state received the results of 67,705 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,379,279 total cases of the virus, and 22,718 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 24,434,225 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 1,316 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 339 were in intensive care units, and 186 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of the time this story was published, 5,175,214 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 40.62%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

In addition, 66% of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and more than 49% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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: 40.44%

Suburban Cook: 43.42%

Lake: 38.99%

McHenry: 39.03%

DuPage: 48.11%

Kane: 38.78%

Will: 38.85%

Kendall: 39.82%

La Salle: 34.43%

Grundy: 35.77%

DeKalb: 34.39%

Ogle: 35.46%

Lee: 35.97%

Whiteside: 35.57%

Bureau: 34.53%

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 increased to 2.2%. 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 stayed flat at 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, 25% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity stayed flat at 5.3%, and DuPage County’s stayed flat at 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 3.0%. 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 increased to 3.5%.

Currently, only 17% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 7.3%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 0.6%, and Whiteside County’s increased to 0.9%.

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 decreased to 2.6%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 2.3%.

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

Chicago’s positivity rate stayed flat at 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 stayed flat at 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 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 3 males 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 3 males 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 80s, 2 males 90s

• DeWitt County: 1 male 50s

• DuPage County: 1 male 100+

• Henry County: 1 male 70s

• Jefferson County: 1 female 70s

• Kane County: 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s

• Kankakee County: 1 female 80s

• Knox County: 1 male 80s

• Lake County: 1 female 70s, 2 males 80s

• La Salle County: 1 female 70s

• McHenry County: 1 male 50s, 1 female 100+

• Mercer County: 1 female 70s

• Montgomery County: 1 female 60s

• Randolph County: 1 female 40s, 1 female 50s

• Richland County: 1 male 50s

• Tazewell County: 1 male 50s

• Vermilion County: 1 female 60s

• Will County: 1 male 60s, 1 male 80s

• Winnebago County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 60s

• Woodford County: 1 female 90s

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.