October 19, 2021

Illinois’ COVID-19 positivity rate drops to 3.4%

IDPH: 54.57% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 3,002 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 23 additional deaths Tuesday.

For Monday, the state administered 13,799 shots.

The state received the results of 73,732 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate went down to 3.4%.

Illinois has seen 1,601,759 total cases of the virus, and 24,661 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 30,793,840 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 2,039 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 497 were in intensive care units, and 261 were on ventilators.

Region 5, southern Illinois, ended its week-long streak of having zero available ICU beds. The region now has two available, staffed ICU beds out of 90 total.

Vaccine update: As of Tuesday, IDPH reported a total of 17,131,065 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 14,354,101 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 6,953,193 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 54.57%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,673,865 (61.6%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,557,517 (79%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,224,569 (63.2%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,932,889 (80.5%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,588,581 (77.7%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,933,005 (94.6%)

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: 56.46%

Suburban Cook: 60.09%

Lake: 57.13%

McHenry: 55.24%

DuPage: 64.06%

Kane: 55.05%

Will: 55.07%

Kendall: 56.31%

La Salle: 48.90%

Grundy: 47.52%

DeKalb: 47.72%

Ogle: 47.44%

Lee: 50.71%

Whiteside: 45.74%

Bureau: 46.71%

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 increased to 3.4%. Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 3.7%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 3.3%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 101 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 3.7%. Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 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 149 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.6%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable five out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 127 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 5.0%.

Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 4.9%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 2.4%, and Whiteside County’s went down to 5.0%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable six out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 105 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 3.6%. 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 213 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate went up to 3.0%. Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for seven out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate went up to 3.0%. 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.