September 20, 2021

Illinois announces another 2,508 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend

IDPH: 50.42% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,508 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths for the weekend.

Illinois is on a five-day streak of more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases each day. That hasn’t happened since mid-May.

For Saturday and Sunday combined, the state administered 21,550 vaccines.

The state received the results of 62,606 COVID-19 tests for Saturday and Sunday. The state’s positivity rate is 3.5%.

Illinois has seen 1,411,821 total cases of the virus, and 23,409 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 26,647,342 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 721 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since early June. Of those, 152 were in intensive care units, and 54 were on ventilators.

The state also announced is has 636 total confirmed cases of the more transmissible delta variant, an increase of 71 cases from Friday’s update.

Vaccine update: As of Monday, IDPH reported a total of 14,648,445 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 13,098,572 vaccines administered.

As of Monday, 6,424,207 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 50.42% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,085,761 (56.2%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,786,017 (71.8%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,753,591 (58.4%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,287,549 (74%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,535,845 (75.2%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,861,968 (91.1%)

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: 51.32%

Suburban Cook: 54.48%

Lake: 51.43%

McHenry: 49.66%

DuPage: 58.98%

Kane: 49.48%

Will: 49.42%

Kendall: 50.96%

La Salle: 44.04%

Grundy: 42.21%

DeKalb: 43.08%

Ogle: 43.09%

Lee: 46.47%

Whiteside: 42.52%

Bureau: 41.93%

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 2.8%. Currently, 33% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 4.2%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.4%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable four out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 27 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 3.4%. Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 3.0%, and DuPage County’s increased to 3.6%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable four out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 50 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 3.3%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable four out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 23 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 3.8%.

Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 2.8%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 1.3%, and Whiteside County’s went down to 1.5%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable two out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 26 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 3.5%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 28.%. Currently, 29% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased for 10 consecutive days. The region is up to a total of 56 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate increased to 2.3%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for four out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate fell to 2.5%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine 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.