June 18, 2021

Illinois announces fewest new COVID-19 cases since March 23, 2020

IDPH: 42.65% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 244 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 14 additional deaths Monday, and a total of 11,664,700 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The 244 new cases is the fewest in a single day since March 23, 2020.

For Sunday, the state administered 33,407 shots.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 1.2% to a new pandemic-low of 1.1%. The state received the results of 27,348 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Monday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,385,489 total cases of the virus, and 22,963 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 24,913,350 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 788 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 217 were in intensive care units, and 116 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Sunday, IDPH reported a total of 13,900,965 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 11,664,700 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 5,433,958 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 42.65%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,468,898 (50.28%)

At Least 1 Dose: 6,499,534 (59.75%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,334,455 (53.97%)

At Least 1 Dose: 6,179,501 (62.52%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,516,423 (76.09%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,637,561 (82.17%)

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: 42.61%

Suburban Cook: 45.88%

Lake: 41.76%

McHenry: 41.46%

DuPage: 50.44%

Kane: 41.05%

Will: 41.01%

Kendall: 42.24%

La Salle: 36.29%

Grundy: 37.25%

DeKalb: 36.40%

Ogle: 37.01%

Lee: 37.36%

Whiteside: 36.70%

Bureau: 35.67%

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 are set to 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 1.6%. Currently, 32% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 2.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 1.3%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 1.9%. Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity decreased to 1.9%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 1.8%.

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 1.8%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 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 went down to 2.2%.

Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 2.7%, Lee County’s rate stayed at zero, and Whiteside County’s increased to 0.8%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 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 1.3%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 0.9%.

Currently, 25% 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 1.6%.

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 1.6%.

Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 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 50s, 1 male 80s

• Cook County: 1 youth, 1 male 40s, 1 male 50s, 2 males 60s, 3 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s

• Livingston County: 1 male 50s

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.