September 18, 2021

Illinois has most new COVID-19 cases in a day since May 7

Hospitalizations back at late-May levels and jumped 13% overnight

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,682 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths Tuesday, and a total of 13,310,174 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The 2,682 new coronavirus cases are the most in a single day for Illinois since May 7.

For Monday, the state administered 19,830 shots.

The state received the results of 44,565 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate is 4.4%.

Illinois has seen 1,427,901 total cases of the virus, and 23,458 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 27,005,486 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 1,107 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since May 28 and a 13.3% overnight jump in hospitalizations. Of those, 212 were in intensive care units, and 103 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Tuesday, IDPH reported a total of 14,963,155 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 13,310,174 vaccines administered.

As of Tuesday, 6,514,041 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 51.13% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,156,473 (56.8%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,911,781 (73%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,810,549 (59%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,387,089 (75%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,543,071 (75.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,872,940 (91.7%)

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: 51.99%

Suburban Cook: 55.23%

Lake: 52.16%

McHenry: 50.42%

DuPage: 59.68%

Kane: 50.24%

Will: 50.10%

Kendall: 51.63%

La Salle: 44.76%

Grundy: 42.79%

DeKalb: 43.65%

Ogle: 43.59%

Lee: 47.00%

Whiteside: 43.25%

Bureau: 42.47%

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 4.8%. Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 6.4%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 4.2%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable one out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to a total of 43 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 4.6%. Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 4.6%, and DuPage County’s stayed increased to 4.6%.

Hospitalizations have increased for 10 consecutive days in this region. The region is up to 78 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 5.2%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable two out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 45 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 stayed flat at 4.5%.

Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 2.7%, Lee County’s rate stayed flat at 1.0%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 3.6%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable four out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 31 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 4.8%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 3.4%. Currently, 27% 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 85 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate increased to 3.1%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for one out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate increased to 3.9%. Currently, 22% 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.