September 20, 2021

Illinois administers most COVID-19 vaccines in more than a month

IDPH: 50.7% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,691 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 12 additional deaths Thursday, and a total of 13,187,171 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

For Wednesday, the state administered 47,592 shots, the most since June 26.

The state received the results of 48,275 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate remained 4.0%.

Illinois has seen 1,417,263 total cases of the virus, and 23,432 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 26,768,999 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 881 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since June 4. Of those, 184 were in intensive care units, and 67 were on ventilators.

Per state data, 0.009% of the fully vaccinated population of the state have been hospitalized with a breakthrough infection.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, IDPH reported a total of 14,756,185 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 13,187,171 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 6,459,890 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 50.70%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,097,996 (56.3%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,811,304 (72.1%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,763,733 (58.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,307,571 (74.2%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,537,041 (75.2%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,864,077 (91.2%)

There can be as much as a 72-hour delay in reporting from healthcare providers on vaccines administered.

In northern Illinois, here is the percentage of the population fully vaccinated by county:

Chicago: 51.62%

Suburban Cook: 54.77%

Lake: 51.71%

McHenry: 49.94%

DuPage: 59.25%

Kane: 49.79%

Will: 49.70%

Kendall: 51.24%

La Salle: 44.33%

Grundy: 42.40%

DeKalb: 43.33%

Ogle: 43.31%

Lee: 46.65%

Whiteside: 42.70%

Bureau: 42.12%

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 3.3%. Currently, 34% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 4.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.8%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable three out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to a total of 34 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 4.1%. Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 4.3%, and DuPage County’s stayed increased to 3.9%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable one out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 60 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 4.0%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable three out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 27 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 4.0%.

Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 4.0%, Lee County’s rate increased to 1.4%, and Whiteside County’s went down to 1.2%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable three out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down 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 4.3%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 4.0%. 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 66 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate increased to 2.8%. 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 2.9%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased for 10 consecutive 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.