June 24, 2021

Illinois reports fewer than 500 new COVID-19 cases for second straight day

State nears going below 1,000 total hospitalizations for COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 478 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths Wednesday, and a total of 11,338,305 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Tuesday, the state administered 29,322 shots.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 1.6% to a new pandemic-low 1.5%. The state received the results of 35,697 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,383,065 total cases of the virus, and 22,842 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 24,676,057 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 1,013 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 278 were in intensive care units, and 150 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Wednesday, IDPH reported a total of 13,764,175 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 11,338,305 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 5,297,585 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 41.58%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

The state also did its weekly update 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. The state has had a total of 295 breakthrough hospitalizations and 94 deaths. The 94 deaths represent 1.48% of the total COVID-19 deaths in Illinois since Jan. 1, 2021.

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: 41.44%

Suburban Cook: 44.55%

Lake: 40.54%

McHenry: 40.22%

DuPage: 49.24%

Kane: 39.77%

Will: 39.85%

Kendall: 41.04%

La Salle: 35.43%

Grundy: 36.52%

DeKalb: 35.27%

Ogle: 36.24%

Lee: 36.63%

Whiteside: 36.13%

Bureau: 35.05%

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.

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, 34% 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 3.7%. 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 2.3%. Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity decreased to 2.3%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 2.2%.

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 2.3%. Currently, 27% 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 2.6%.

Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased to 2.2%, Lee County’s rate increased to 0.1%, and Whiteside County’s stayed flat at 0.4%.

Lee County has only two positive COVID-19 tests in the past eight 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 stayed flat at 1.9%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 1.4%.

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 2.0%.

Currently, 26% 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 2.1%.

Currently, 23% 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 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 female 90s

• Kane County: 1 male 80s

• McLean County: 1 male 40s

• Rock Island County: 1 female 70s

• Will 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.