September 20, 2021

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois back over 1,200 for first time since late May

IDPH: 51.29% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,048 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 14 additional deaths Thursday, and a total of 13,362,088 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The 3,048 new coronavirus cases are the most in a single day since May 7.

For Wednesday, the state administered 25,247 shots.

The state received the results of 63,057 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate went up to 4.6%.

Illinois has seen 1,433,313 total cases of the virus, and 23,490 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 27,119,503 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 1,205 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since May 27. Of those, 244 were in intensive care units, and 102 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, IDPH reported a total of 14,986,995 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 13,362,088 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 6,535,148 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 51.29%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,169,818 (56.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,933,958 (73.2%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 5,820,753 (59.1%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,404,915 (75.1%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,544,111 (75.6%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,874,564 (91.7%)

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: 52.15%

Suburban Cook: 55.40%

Lake: 52.32%

McHenry: 50.58%

DuPage: 59.83%

Kane: 50.41%

Will: 50.26%

Kendall: 51.79%

La Salle: 44.94%

Grundy: 42.94%

DeKalb: 43.77%

Ogle: 43.72%

Lee: 47.13%

Whiteside: 43.33%

Bureau: 42.61%

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 5.2%. Currently, 29% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 7.0%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 4.7%.

Hospitalizations have increased for 10 consecutive days in this region. The region is up to a total of 49 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 4.7%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 4.9%, and DuPage County’s stayed flat at 4.6%.

Hospitalizations have increased for 10 consecutive days in this region. The region is up to 88 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 5.2%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable one out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 53 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 5.2%.

Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate stayed flat at 2.7%, Lee County’s rate increased to 1.2%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 4.5%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable four out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 38 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 stayed flat at 3.2%. 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 92 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate stayed flat at 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 went up to 4.0%. 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.