July 23, 2021

Illinois reports almost 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day, the most since the state fully reopened

COVID-19 hospitalizations at their highest point since June 14

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,993 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths Thursday, and a total of 13,038,137 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The 1,993 new cases is the most in a single day since May 7, before the state moved to Phase 5, a full reopening.

For Wednesday, the state administered 24,432 shots.

The state received the results of 52.707 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate went up to 3.0%.

Illinois has seen 1,406,459 total cases of the virus, and 23,398 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 26,497,201 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 628 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 119 were in intensive care units, and 39 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, IDPH reported a total of 14,531,345 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 13,038,137 vaccines administered.

As of Thursday, 6,399,243 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 50.23% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,047,872 (55.8%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,731,091 (71.3%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,722,979 (58.1%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,244,770 (73.5%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,531,684 (75%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,856,482 (90.9%)

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: 51.13%

Suburban Cook: 54.30%

Lake: 51.27%

McHenry: 49.48%

DuPage: 58.78%

Kane: 49.19%

Will: 49.22%

Kendall: 50.71%

La Salle: 43.88%

Grundy: 42.02%

DeKalb: 42.93%

Ogle: 42.90%

Lee: 46.41%

Whiteside: 42.43%

Bureau: 41.71%

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 2.2%. Currently, 29% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 3.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 1.7%.

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 2.5%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 2.2%, and DuPage County’s increased to 2.7%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable five out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 39 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 2.7%. Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable five out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 21 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 3.0%.

Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate went up to 2.1%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 1.2%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 1.4%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable four out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 21 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 decreased to 2.9%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 1.5%. Currently, 32% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for one out of the past 10 days. The region is down to a up of 51 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate stayed flat at 1.6%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for six out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate increased to 2.1%. Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable five 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.