October 16, 2021

Illinois COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall

IDPH: 54.52% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 8,415 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 93 additional deaths for Friday, Saturday and Sunday combined. The IDPH does not update their dashboard during the weekends.

Illinois also now is back under 2,000 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital for the first time since August 21.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 1,905 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 463 were in intensive care units, and 265 were on ventilators.

New hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness, defined as if a patient presents with a fever and either cough, difficulty breathing or is given a diagnosis of COVID-19, are down 19.5% from the beginning of September.

Region 5, southern Illinois, is again at zero available, staffed ICU beds.

For Friday-Sunday, the state administered 55,767 shots.

The state received the results of 324,357 COVID-19 tests for Friday-Sunday. The state’s positivity rate fell to 3.6%.

Illinois has seen 1,598,757 total cases of the virus, and 24,639 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 30,720,108 tests since the start of the pandemic.

Vaccine update: As of Monday, the IDPH reported a total of 17,123,675 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 14,340,302 vaccines administered.

As of Monday, 6,946,105 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 54.52% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,663,555 (61.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,548,348 (78.9%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,215,929 (63.1%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,924,985 (80.4%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,587,945 (77.7%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,932,266 (94.6%)

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: 56.41%

Suburban Cook: 60.04%

Lake: 57.08%

McHenry: 55.18%

DuPage: 64.02%

Kane: 55%

Will: 55.02%

Kendall: 56.25%

La Salle: 48.83%

Grundy: 47.46%

DeKalb: 47.67%

Ogle: 47.39%

Lee: 50.64%

Whiteside: 45.71%

Bureau: 46.62%

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 3.2%. Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 3.6%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 3.1%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 107 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.7%. Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 3.8%, and DuPage County’s stayed flat at 3.7%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 150 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate stayed decreased to 4.7%. Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable four out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 108 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 5.4%.

Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 5.1%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 2.8%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 5.4%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable six out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 102 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 4.9%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 3.8%. Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the past 10 days. The region is down to a total of 219 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate fell to 2.9%. Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for six out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate fell to 2.9%. Currently, 15% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable eight 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.