June 24, 2021

Illinois reaches a new low for COVID-19 hospitalizations

State sees fewest new cases in a day since July 2020, and reaches a new pandemic-low positivity rate

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 602 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 18 additional deaths Sunday, and a total of 11,269,651 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

That is the fewest new cases announced in a single day since July 11, 2020.

For Saturday, the state reported administering 39,222 shots.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 1.8% to a pandemic-low 1.7%. The state received the results of 38,607 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,381,665 total cases of the virus, and 22,794 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 24,590,395 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Saturday, Illinois had 1,078 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the fewest number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 since the state started tracking it at a statewide level in April 2020. Of those, 298 were in intensive care units, and 163 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Sunday, IDPH reported a total of 13,695,055 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 11,269,651 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 5,259,327 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 41.28%. 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: 41.14%

Suburban Cook: 44.16%

Lake: 40.11%

McHenry: 39.91%

DuPage: 48.90%

Kane: 39.47%

Will: 39.51%

Kendall: 40.81%

La Salle: 35.17%

Grundy: 36.33%

DeKalb: 34.96%

Ogle: 36.10%

Lee: 36.52%

Whiteside: 35.95%

Bureau: 34.90%

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 2.0%. Currently, 32% 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 a full percentage point to 4.2%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 1.4%.

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 decreased more than full percentage point to 2.9%. Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity decreased more than a point-and-a-half to 3.1%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 2.8%.

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 2.7%. Currently, 25% 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 decreased to 2.9%.

Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased almost four full percentage points to 3.3%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 0.2%, and Whiteside County’s increased to 0.7%.

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 went down to 2.1%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 1.6%.

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 2.4%.

Currently, 23% 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 2.7%.

Currently, 20% 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 40s, 2 males 60s, 2 females 80s, 3 males 80s

• DuPage County: 1 female 90s

• Kane County: 1 male 50s, 2 males 70s

• McLean County: 1 male 70s

• Tazewell County: 1 male 40s

• Vermilion County: 1 male 70s

• Will County: 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s

• Winnebago County: 1 female 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.