September 26, 2021

Southern Illinois has one available, staffed ICU bed as state nears 6.7 million fully vaccinated

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 2,064 COVID-19 patients in the hospital

Hard-hit Region 5, southern Illinois, is down to one available, staffed ICU bed, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Monday.

The region has 82 total ICU beds it can staff, according to the most recent state data, and available ICU beds have trended down as the southern-most region in the state has been hit hard with new COVID-19 infections for more than a month.

There are 3,003 new confirmed and probable cases Monday of COVID-19 and 45 additional deaths for Friday, Saturday and Sunday combined.

For Friday, Saturday and Sunday combined, the state administered 67,495 shots.

The state received the results of 194,693 COVID-19 tests in the three days leading up to Monday afternoon. IDPH does not post updated COVID-19 numbers to its dashboard on Saturdays or Sundays.

Illinois has seen 1,491,582 total cases of the virus, and 23,761 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 28,267,390 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 2,064 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 487 were in intensive care units, and 239 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Monday, IDPH reported a total of 15,902,195 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 13,813,317 vaccines administered.

As of Monday, 6,696,960 of Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 52.56% the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,696,960 (61.57%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,301,624 (67.13%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,263,705 (63.37%)

At Least 1 Dose: 6,776,659 (68.56%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,621,131 (81.34%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,696,411 (85.12%)

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: 54.34%

Suburban Cook: 58.11%

Lake: 55.25%

McHenry: 53.32%

DuPage: 62.5%

Kane: 52.92%

Will: 52.96%

Kendall: 53.97%

La Salle: 47.77%

Grundy: 44.97%

DeKalb: 46.13%

Ogle: 45.58%

Lee: 49.17%

Whiteside: 44.61%

Bureau: 45%

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 decreased to 6%. Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 8.1%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 5.3%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable two out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to a total of 102 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.9%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 6.6%, and DuPage County’s increased to 5.6%.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 196 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 7.1%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 95 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 7%.

Currently, 14% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 8.1%, Lee County’s rate increased to 4.3%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 6.1%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable four out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 77 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 6.5%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 6.5%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 188 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate fell to 4.4%. Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations increased to 291 COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate stayed flat at 4.8%.

Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations remained stable at 410.

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.

Derek Barichello

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.