September 21, 2021

New Illinois COVID-19 cases top 2,000 for the first time since early May

State also administers the most vaccines in a day in more than three weeks

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,082 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths Wednesday, and a total of 13,139,579 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The 2,082 new coronavirus cases are the most in a single day since May 7.

For Tuesday, the state administered 27,155 shots, the most in a day since July 2.

The state received the results of 42,363 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate went up to 4.0%.

Illinois has seen 1,415,572 total cases of the virus, and 23,420 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 26,720,724 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 857 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since June 4. Of those, 184 were in intensive care units, and 74 were on ventilators.

The state now also has a total of 716 confirmed cases of the more transmissible delta variant, an increase of 80 from Monday.

Vaccine update: As of Wednesday, IDPH reported a total of 14,685,385 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 13,139,579 vaccines administered.

As of Wednesday, 6,440,559 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 50.55% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,093,333 (56.2%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,801,085 (72%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,759,789 (58.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,299,619 (74.1%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,536,436 (75.2%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,863,061 (91.2%)

The state also issued its weekly update for breakthrough hospitalizations and deaths. Breakthrough is defined as an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 at least 14 days after being fully vaccinated and did not test positive in the previous 45 days.

There have been a total of 644 breakthrough hospitalizations because of COVID-19, and 169 breakthrough deaths. The 169 breakthrough deaths represent 2.44% of all COVID-19 deaths in the state since January 1, 2021.

Of the fully vaccinated population, 0.009% have been hospitalized because of COVID-19.

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: 51.45%

Suburban Cook: 54.61%

Lake: 51.54%

McHenry: 49.79%

DuPage: 59.10%

Kane: 49.62%

Will: 49.56%

Kendall: 51.07%

La Salle: 44.14%

Grundy: 42.32%

DeKalb: 43.21%

Ogle: 43.19%

Lee: 46.57%

Whiteside: 42.61%

Bureau: 42.03%

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 stayed flat at 3.1%. Currently, 34% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average stayed flat at 4.8%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.6%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable three out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to a total of 32 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 3.8%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 3.8%, and DuPage County’s stayed flat at 3.7%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable two out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 55 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 3.7%. 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 up to 26 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 4.2%.

Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate stayed flat at 3.6%, Lee County’s rate stayed flat at 1.3%, and Whiteside County’s went down to 1.4%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable two out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 27 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 3.9%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 3.4%. Currently, 28% 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 61 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate increased to 2.5%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for two out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate increased to 2.7%. Currently, 22% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased 10 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.