June 13, 2021

One week from a full reopening, Illinois’ COVID-19 positivity rate reaches a new pandemic low: 1.3%

State also sees a big decrease in total hospitalizations

One week before the state fully reopens to Phase 5, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday 626 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 15 additional deaths Friday, and a total of 11,427,833 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Thursday, the state administered 53,156 shots.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 1.5% to a new pandemic-low 1.3%. The state received the results of 65,300 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Friday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,384,365 total cases of the virus, and 22,880 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 24,796,789 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Thursday, Illinois had 901 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, another new low since the state started releasing statewide hospitalization data. Of those, 247 were in intensive care units, and 140 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Friday, IDPH reported a total of 13,803,545 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 11,427,833 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 5,347,362 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 41.97%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Friday, the state also released for the first time the percentage of the population vaccinated by eligibility group.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,225,993 (48.05%)

At Least 1 Dose: 6,479,263 (59.57%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,130,403 (51.91%)

At Least 1 Dose: 6,182,268 (62.55%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,498,683 (75.2%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,658,614 (83.22%)

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: 41.87%

Suburban Cook: 45.05%

Lake: 41.00%

McHenry: 40.54%

DuPage: 49.65%

Kane: 40.12%

Will: 40.32%

Kendall: 41.41%

La Salle: 35.79%

Grundy: 36.76%

DeKalb: 35.60%

Ogle: 36.56%

Lee: 37.02%

Whiteside: 36.47%

Bureau: 35.29%

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 1.8%. Currently, 35% 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 3.3%. 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 nine out of the past 10 days in this region.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 2.0%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity decreased to 2.1%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 2.0%.

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 2.2%. Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine 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 2.7%.

Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased to 2.3%, Lee County’s rate stayed flat at 0.1%, and Whiteside County’s increased to 0.5%.

Lee County has only two positive COVID-19 tests in the past 10 days in the available state data.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine 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 1.6%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 1.0%.

Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the past 10 days.

Chicago’s positivity rate decreased to 1.8%.

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 1.9%.

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:

• Champaign County: 1 male 80s

• Christian County: 1 female 60s

• Cook County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 80s, 1 male 90s

• DuPage County: 1 female 70s

• Henry County; 1 male 60s

• Kane County: 1 male 50s

• La Salle County: 1 male 60s

• McHenry County: 1 male 70s

• Vermilion County: 1 male 90s

• Whiteside County: 1 female 70s

• Will County: 1 female 80s

• Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 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.