December 08, 2021
Coronavirus

IDPH: 49% of Illinois residents fully vaccinated as another 24,000 doses administered Wednesday

Positivity rates rose in five northern Illinois health regions

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 617 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths Thursday.

For Wednesday, the state administered 24,481 shots, bringing the total number of COVID-19 vaccines administered to 12,743,061.

The state received the results of 34,204 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,394,852 total cases of the virus, and 23,289 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 26,023,512 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 423 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 76 were in intensive care units, and 35 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, IDPH reported a total of 14,302,395 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 12,743,061 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 6,249,749 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 49.05%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,909,643 (54.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,575,702 (69.9%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,613,323 (57%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,123,520 (72.3%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,517,816 (74.3%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,842,716 (90.2%)

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: 49.83%
  • Suburban Cook: 53.07%
  • Lake: 50.07%
  • McHenry: 48.22%
  • DuPage: 57.58%
  • Kane: 47.91%
  • Will: 48.04%
  • Kendall: 49.49%
  • La Salle: 42.57%
  • Grundy: 41.08%
  • DeKalb: 41.99%
  • Ogle: 42.06%
  • Lee: 45.67%
  • Whiteside: 41.67%

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 rose to 1.1%. Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average jumped to 1.6%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 0.9%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 15 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 1.1%. Currently, 37% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed at 1.4% for the fourth day, and DuPage County’s stayed decreased to 1.0%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable eight out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 26 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 1.2% for a third day. Currently, 33% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable eight out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 16 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 rose to 1.7%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 1.5%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 0%, and Whiteside County’s fell to 2.5%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 20 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 increased to 1.6%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate rose to 1.4%. Currently, 32% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for eight out of the past 10 days. The region is down to a total of 31 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate increased to 0.7%. Currently, 22% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for eight out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate rose to 0.9%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine out of the past 10 days in this region.

Emily Coleman

Emily K. Coleman

Originally from the northwest suburbs, Emily K. Coleman is the editor for the Northwest Herald. She spent about seven years prior to that with Shaw Media, first covering the town of Dixon for Sauk Valley Media and then various communities within McHenry County from 2012 to 2016.