July 23, 2021

Illinois back above 500 total COVID-19 hospitalizations

IDPH: 49.69% of the state is fully vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 861 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths Thursday, and a total of 12,895,755 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Wednesday, the state administered 21,813 shots.

The state received the results of 41,166 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate increased to 1.9%.

Illinois has seen 1,399,270 total cases of the virus, and 23,350 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 26,259,477 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 509 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. This is the first time in one month the state is above 500 total COVID-19 hospitalizations. Of those, 110 were in intensive care units, and 35 were on ventilators.

New hospital admissions for COVID-like illness continued to climb, from a low of 37 admissions on July 3 to 52 admissions on July 12. COVID-19-like-Illness new hospital admissions are reported to the Illinois Syndromic Surveillance System. Visits are defined as CLI if the patient presents with a fever AND either cough, difficulty breathing or is given a diagnosis of COVID-19. Data is provisional, and a three-day lag after admission is used to allow time for IDPH to receive more complete data before analysis is performed.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, IDPH reported a total of 14,402,695 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 12,895,755 vaccines administered.

As of Thursday, 6,330,947 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 49.69% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,985,574 (55.2%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,651,862 (70.6%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,673,579 (57.6%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,183,967 (72.9%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,525,306 (74.7%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,849,529 (90.5%)

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: 50.54%

Suburban Cook: 53.75%

Lake: 50.72%

McHenry: 48.92%

DuPage: 58.23%

Kane: 48.60%

Will: 48.69%

Kendall: 50.17%

La Salle: 43.24%

Grundy: 41.58%

DeKalb: 42.51%

Ogle: 42.53%

Lee: 46.03%

Whiteside: 42.07%

Bureau: 41.17%

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 1.4%. Currently, 27% 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 1.4%.

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

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 1.7%. Currently, 29% of ICU beds are available.

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

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable three out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 35 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate stayed increased to 1.6%. Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable eight out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 17 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 2.3%.

Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 1.9%, Lee County’s rate increased to 1.4%, and Whiteside County’s went down to 1.3%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 15 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 2.0%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 2.1%. Currently, 29% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for three out of the past 10 days. The region is up to a total of 39 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate increased to 1.2%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for three out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate increased to 1.3%. Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine 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.