July 26, 2021

Two days from a full reopening, Illinois’ COVID-19 positivity rate is down to 1.0%

IDPH: 44.26% of the state is fully vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 408 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 23 additional deaths Wednesday, and a total of 11,759,105 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Tuesday, the state administered 50,231 shots.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 1.1% to a new pandemic-low 1.0%. The state received the results of 41,758 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,386,262 total cases of the virus, and 22,997 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 24,991,516 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 797 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 209 were in intensive care units, and 109 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Wednesday, IDPH reported a total of 13,920,545 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 11,759,105 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 5,639,749 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 44.26% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,530,674 (50.85%)

At Least 1 Dose: 6,534,667 (60.08%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,370,021 (54.33%)

At Least 1 Dose: 6,204,401 (62.77%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,520,202 (76.28%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,640,389 (82.31%)

The state also completed its weekly update of breakthrough cases 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 seen 413 total breakthrough hospitalizations, and 106 breakthrough deaths. The 106 deaths represent 1.63% of the state’s total COVID-19 deaths since Jan. 1, 2021.

There can be as much as a 72-hour delay in reporting from health care providers on vaccines administered.

In northern Illinois, here is the percentage of the population fully vaccinated by county:

Chicago: 44.65%

Suburban Cook: 47.67%

Lake: 44.33%

McHenry: 43.02%

DuPage: 51.75%

Kane: 42.68%

Will: 42.85%

Kendall: 44.23%

La Salle: 38.25%

Grundy: 37.62%

DeKalb: 38.10%

Ogle: 38.55%

Lee: 42.30%

Whiteside: 38.17%

Bureau: 37.28%

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 decreased to 1.3%. Currently, 31% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average stayed flat at 2.5%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 1.1%.

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 stayed flat at 1.7%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity stayed flat at 1.8%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 1.6%.

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 1.6%. Currently, 24% 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 stayed flat at 2.1%.

Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 2.5%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 0.0%, and Whiteside County’s increased to 1.4%.

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 stayed flat at 1.3%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 0.8%.

Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the past 10 days.

Chicago’s positivity rate decreased to 1.4%.

Currently, 22% 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 1.5%.

Currently, 19% 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:

• Adams County: 1 male 80s

• Champaign County: 1 female 80s

• Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s

• DuPage County: 1 male 60s

• Grundy County: 1 male 70s

• Kane County: 1 male 80s

• Macon County: 1 female 80s

• Madison County: 1 female 70s

• McLean County: 1 female 60s

• Rock Island County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s

• Tazewell County: 1 female 80s

• Vermilion County: 1 male 50s

• Winnebago 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.