September 21, 2021

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois rise to highest level in more than a month

IDPH: 49.97% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,821 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths for the weekend.

For the weekend, the state administered 30,437 shots. A total of 12,969,499 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The state received the results of 57,489 COVID-19 tests over the weekend. The state’s positivity rate went up to 2.4%.

Illinois has seen 1,402,763 total cases of the virus, and 23,377 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 26,386,287 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 537 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since June 16. Of those, 107 were in intensive care units, and 38 were on ventilators.

The state now has confirmed 403 total cases of the delta variant, an increase of 38 from Friday.

Vaccine update: As of Monday, IDPH reported a total of 14,485,035 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 12,969,499 vaccines administered.

As of Monday, 6,366,624 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 49.97% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,026,980 (55.6%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,701,980 (71.1%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,706,388 (57.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,222,395 (73.3%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,529,915 (74.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,854,269 (90.8%)

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: 50.85%

Suburban Cook: 54.03%

Lake: 51.01%

McHenry: 49.21%

DuPage: 58.53%

Kane: 48.92%

Will: 48.99%

Kendall: 50.48%

La Salle: 43.57%

Grundy: 41.85%

DeKalb: 42.75%

Ogle: 42.72%

Lee: 46.19%

Whiteside: 42.24%

Bureau: 41.45%

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 increased to 1.9%. Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 3.3%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 1.5%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable five out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to a total of 21 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 2.1%. Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 2.1%, and DuPage County’s increased to 2.2%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable four 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 increased to 2.2%. Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 18 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 increased to 2.3%.

Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 1.6%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 1.1%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 1.0%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 18 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 2.5%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 1.6%. Currently, 31% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for one out of the past 10 days. The region is up to a total of 46 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate increased to 1.3%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for five out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate increased to 1.8%. Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in this region.

John Sahly

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.