October 16, 2021

Illinois crosses 50% fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Hospitalizations hit their highest point since June 14; positivity rate continues to rise

A majority of Illinois residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Tuesday, as the state now has 50.04% of residents past their final dose.

IDPH also reported 745 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths Tuesday, and a total of 12,987,990 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Monday, the state administered 18,491 shots.

The state received the results of 24,953 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate went up to 2.6%.

Illinois has seen 1,403,508 total cases of the virus, and 23,383 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 26,411,240 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 601 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since June 14. Of those, 107 were in intensive care units, and 43 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Tuesday, IDPH reported a total of 14,492,405 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 12,987,990 vaccines administered.

As of Tuesday, 6,375,713 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 50.04% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,035,059 (55.7%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,712,654 (71.2%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,712,713 (58%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,230,595 (73.4%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,530,545 (74.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,855,058 (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: 50.93%

Suburban Cook: 54.11%

Lake: 51.08%

McHenry: 49.28%

DuPage: 58.59%

Kane: 48.98%

Will: 49.05%

Kendall: 50.55%

La Salle: 43.68%

Grundy: 41.90%

DeKalb: 42.79%

Ogle: 42.78%

Lee: 46.24%

Whiteside: 42.29%

Bureau: 41.57%

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 2.0%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 3.7%. 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 four out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to a total of 22 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 2.2%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 1.9%, and DuPage County’s increased to 2.4%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable four out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 37 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 2.4%. 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 up to 19 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 2.4%.

Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 1.4%, Lee County’s rate increased to 1.2%, and Whiteside County’s went down to 0.8%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable six out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 19 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 2.8%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 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 48 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate increased to 1.4%. 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 went up to 1.9%. Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable six 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.