October 21, 2021

Illinois COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass spring peak

IDPH: 6.8 million Illinois are residents fully vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 12,051 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 66 additional deaths for Friday-Labor Day combined. The state does not update its data dashboard daily on weekends or federal holidays.

For Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday combined, the state administered 80,833 shots.

The state received the results of 303,278 COVID-19 tests for Friday through Labor Day. The state’s positivity rate went down to 4.5%.

Illinois has seen 1,550,375 total cases of the virus, and 24,133 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 29,481,168 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 2,333 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since February 3. Of those, 551 were in intensive care units, and 300 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Tuesday, the IDPH reported a total of 16,570,415 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 14,086,690 vaccines administered.

As of Tuesday, 6,808,788 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 53.44% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,521,834 (60.2%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,391,393 (77.4%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,098,533 (61.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,786,514 (79%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,576,073 (77.1%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,918,350 (93.9%)

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: 55.31%

Suburban Cook: 59.00%

Lake: 56.16%

McHenry: 54.25%

DuPage: 63.06%

Kane: 53.98%

Will: 53.58%

Kendall: 55.12%

La Salle: 47.86%

Grundy: 46.26%

DeKalb: 46.89%

Ogle: 46.45%

Lee: 49.76%

Whiteside: 45.05%

Bureau: 45.62%

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 4.5%. Currently, 22% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 4.5%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 4.5%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable four out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 137 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.8%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 4.7%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 4.8%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable six out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 199 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.7%. Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable three out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 114 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 5.7%.

Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate went up to 5.7%, Lee County’s rate increased to 5.0%, and Whiteside County’s went down to 3.2%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable one out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 101 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 5.2%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 4.8%. Currently, 18% 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 243 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate fell to 3.7%. Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for three out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate fell to 4.1%. Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable one 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.