October 16, 2021

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline in Illinois

IDPH: 55.11% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,375 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 33 additional deaths Tuesday.

For Monday, the state administered 23,898 shots.

The state received the results of 73,596 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate is 2.5%.

Illinois has seen 1,621,175 total cases of the virus, and 24,892 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 31,583,839 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois dropped to 1,881 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. The state now has five consecutive days under 2,000 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 455 were in intensive care units, and 253 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Tuesday, IDPH reported a total of 17,218,515 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 14,502,329 vaccines administered.

As of Tuesday, 7,021,533 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 55.11% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,743,141 (62.2%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,619,971 (79.5%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,285,274 (63.8%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,988,373 (81.1%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,594,225 (78%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,940,657 (95%)

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: 56.95%

Suburban Cook: 60.62%

Lake: 57.60%

McHenry: 55.82%

DuPage: 64.48%

Kane: 55.58%

Will: 55.66%

Kendall: 56.96%

La Salle: 49.52%

Grundy: 48.15%

DeKalb: 48.24%

Ogle: 48.00%

Lee: 51.16%

Whiteside: 46.13%

Bureau: 47.45%

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 3.1%. Currently, 15% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average stayed flat at 3.6%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.9%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable six out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up 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 3.2%. Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 3.3%, and DuPage County’s went down to 3.1%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable six out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 153 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 4.5%. Currently, 22% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable eight 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 4.2%.

Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 4.4%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 2.6%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 4.1%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable one out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 118 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 increased to 4.3%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 3.0%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for seven out of the past 10 days. The region is up to a total of 210 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate fell to 2.4%. Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate fell to 2.8%. Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 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.