October 16, 2021

Illinois COVID-19 hospitalizations at lowest level in almost 3 weeks

IDPH: 6.9 million Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,349 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 41 additional deaths Thursday.

For Wednesday, the state administered 21,568 shots.

The state received the results of 115,099 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate went down to 4.1%.

Illinois has seen 1,586,741 total cases of the virus, and 24,492 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 30,308,310 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 2,163 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the fewest since August 28. Of those, 537 were in intensive care units, and 275 were on ventilators.

Hard-hit Region 5, southern Illinois, is now up to 94 available, staffed ICU beds. Zero are available, according to state data.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, IDPH reported a total of 16,877,465 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 14,262,916 vaccines administered.

As of Thursday, 6,907,082 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 54.21% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,621,246 (61.1%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,505,293 (78.5%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,179,078 (62.7%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,886,239 (80%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,583,968 (77.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,927,996 (94.4%)

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: 56.10%

Suburban Cook: 59.74%

Lake: 56.83%

McHenry: 54.89%

DuPage: 63.75%

Kane: 54.70%

Will: 54.70%

Kendall: 55.89%

La Salle: 48.52%

Grundy: 47.09%

DeKalb: 47.40%

Ogle: 47.10%

Lee: 50.37%

Whiteside: 45.53%

Bureau: 46.30%

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 4.1%. Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 4.5%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 4.0%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 135 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.2%. 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 went down to 4.0%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 163 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 5.6%. 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 125 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 5.8%.

Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 6.1%, Lee County’s rate increased to 3.1%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 3.8%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable three out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 109 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 stayed flat at 5.5%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 5.0%. Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for seven out of the past 10 days. The region is down to a total of 240 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate fell to 3.2%. Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for two out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate stayed flat at 3.7%. Currently, 15% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable four 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.