July 25, 2021

Illinois hits another new low for COVID-19 positivity rate: 0.8%

IDPH: 45.23% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 165 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths Monday, and a total of 11,947,090 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Sunday, the state administered 22,124 shots, but “the pharmacy reporting system is reported to have experienced another outage over the weekend,” according to a news release from the IDPH. “Doses administered over the weekend will be reported in the following days.”

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 0.9% to a new pandemic-low 0.8%. The state received the results of 25,235 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Monday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,387,760 total cases of the virus, and 23,070 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 25,185,883. tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 627 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 176 were in intensive care units, and 91 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Monday IDPH reported a total of 13,990,325 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 11,947,090 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 5,763,139 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 45.23%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

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

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,651,876 (51.96%)

At Least 1 Dose: 6,606,632 (60.74%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,452,133 (55.16%)

At Least 1 Dose: 6,259,468 (63.33%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,529,185 (76.73%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,646,727 (82.63%)

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

Chicago: 45.70%

Suburban Cook: 48.74%

Lake: 45.38%

McHenry: 43.83%

DuPage: 52.87%

Kane: 43.79%

Will: 43.92%

Kendall: 45.43%

La Salle: 39.17%

Grundy: 38.41%

DeKalb: 39.07%

Ogle: 39.20%

Lee: 43.20%

Whiteside: 39.06%

Bureau: 38.07%

Regional update: All 11 regions in the state are in Phase 5.

Regional data from the IDPH remains on a three-day lag.

The North Suburban (McHenry and Lake counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 1.1%. Currently, 33% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 1.7%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 1.0%.

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 1.4%. Currently, 29% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 1.9%, and DuPage County’s fell slightly to 1.2%.

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 1.4%. 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 increased to 1.7%.

Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 1.4%, Lee County’s rate increased to 0.2%, and Whiteside County’s went slightly down to 1.0%.

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 at 1.2%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed at 0.9%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the past 10 days.

Chicago’s positivity rate fell to 1.1%. Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate fell to 1.3%. Currently, 21% 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:

• Boone County: 1 male 50s

• Cook County: 1 male 50s, 2 females 70s, 1 male 70s

• Kane County: 1 male 50s

• Lake County: 1 male 80s

• McHenry County: 1 male 60s

• Winnebago County: 1 female 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.