October 15, 2021

IDPH: 4,741 new COVID-19 cases; 22 deaths; 26,006 shots

IDPH: 6.82 million Illinois residents are fully vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,741 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 22 additional deaths Thursday.

For Wednesday, the state administered 26,006 shots.

The state received the results of 89,909 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate is 4.7%.

Illinois has seen 1,559,077 total cases of the virus, and 24,215 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 29,639,736 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 2,337 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 552 were in intensive care units, and 305 were on ventilators.

Meanwhile, hospital admissions for covid-like illness, defined as: if a patient presents with a fever and either cough, difficulty breathing or is given a diagnosis of COVID-19, have stabilized over the past week, dipping down to 225 admissions on Labor Day, the most recent day with available data.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, IDPH reported a total of 16,635,565 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 14,125,519 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 6,827,361 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 53.59%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,555,195 (60.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,434,869 (77.8%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,124,636 (62.2%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,824,192 (79.4%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,578,413 (77.3%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,921,575 (94%)

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: 55.48%

Suburban Cook: 59.14%

Lake: 56.28%

McHenry: 54.37%

DuPage: 63.17%

Kane: 54.12%

Will: 53.72%

Kendall: 55.26%

La Salle: 47.99%

Grundy: 46.37%

DeKalb: 46.99%

Ogle: 46.59%

Lee: 49.87%

Whiteside: 45.17%

Bureau: 45.79%

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 stayed flat at 4.4%. Currently, 22% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 4.4%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 4.4%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable five 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 4.5%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 4.6%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 4.4%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 195 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 5.6%. Currently, 24% 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 121 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 5.5%.

Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 5.9%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 3.3%, and Whiteside County’s went down to 3.0%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable one out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 104 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 5.1%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 4.5%. 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 250 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate stayed flat at 3.8%. 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 stayed flat at 4.1%. Currently, 18% 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.