August 04, 2021

Illinois reaches a new pandemic-low for COVID-19 hospitalizations

IDPH: 45.89% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 352 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 21 additional deaths Wednesday, and a total of 12,070,091 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Tuesday, the state administered 52,939 shots.

The state received the results of 43,926 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate is 0.7%.

Illinois has seen 1,388,338 total cases of the virus, and 23,104 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 25,271,173 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 599 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 157 were in intensive care units, and 72 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Wednesday, IDPH reported a total of 14,000,025 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 12,070,091 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 5,846,862 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 45.89% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,734,220 (52.72%)

At Least 1 Dose: 6,650,999 (61.15%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,505,160 (55.7%)

At Least 1 Dose: 6,292,984 (63.67%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,534,267 (76.98%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,650,467 (82.81%)

The state also released its weekly update on 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.

There have been 448 breakthrough hospitalizations and 117 deaths. The 117 deaths are 1.77% of the state’s COVID-19 deaths since January 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: 46.29%

Suburban Cook: 49.56%

Lake: 46.23%

McHenry: 44.57%

DuPage: 53.93%

Kane: 44.46%

Will: 44.80%

Kendall: 46.14%

La Salle: 39.68%

Grundy: 38.97%

DeKalb: 39.63%

Ogle: 39.49%

Lee: 43.45%

Whiteside: 39.46%

Bureau: 38.52%

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 stayed flat at 1.2%. Currently, 34% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 1.6%. 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 region is down to a total of 26 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 1.3%. Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 1.9%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 1.1%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 60 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 1.3%. Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 30 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The North (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 1.4%.

Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate stayed flat at 1.3%, Lee County’s rate stayed flat at 0.0%, and Whiteside County’s stayed flat at 0.5%.

Lee County has not had a positive COVID-19 test since June 5.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 31 total COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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 increased to 1.5%. Currently, 31% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the past 10 days. The region is down to a total of 48 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate fell to 0.9%. 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 stayed flat at 1.2%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region.

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.