June 24, 2021

Illinois reports fewest number of new COVID-19 cases since March 2020

Nearly 51% of Illinois adults are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 401 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths Tuesday, and a total of 11,308,983 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The 401 new cases in a single day is the fewest since March 25, 2020. The state typically reports lower numbers the day after a holiday.

For Memorial Day on Monday, the state administered 17,077 shots.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate stayed flat at 1.6%. The state received the results of 24,273 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,382,587 total cases of the virus, and 22,835 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 24,640,360 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 1,031 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 284 were in intensive care units, and 162 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Tuesday, IDPH reported a total of 13,695,055 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 11,308,983 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 5,278,187 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 41.43%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

In addition, more than 67% of Illinois adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and nearly 51% 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: 41.29%

Suburban Cook: 44.35%

Lake: 40.31%

McHenry: 40.10%

DuPage: 49.13%

Kane: 39.64%

Will: 39.68%

Kendall: 40.98%

La Salle: 35.34%

Grundy: 36.41%

DeKalb: 35.08%

Ogle: 36.17%

Lee: 36.59%

Whiteside: 36.04%

Bureau: 35.00%

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 stayed flat at 1.9%. Currently, 33% 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 3.9%. 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 to 2.5%. Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity decreased to 2.6%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 2.4%.

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 2.4%. Currently, 26% 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 2.8%.

Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate stayed flat at 2.6%, Lee County’s rate decreased all the way to 0.0%, and Whiteside County’s decreased to 0.4%.

Lee County has only one positive COVID-19 test in the past seven days in the available state data.

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 1.9%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 1.5%.

Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the past 10 days.

Chicago’s positivity rate decreased to 2.1%.

Currently, 25% 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 2.3%.

Currently, 22% 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: 2 females 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 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.