October 20, 2021

COVID-19 breakthrough hospitalizations, deaths decline from last week

IDPH: 55.65% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 121 breakthrough COVID-19 hospitalizations for the past week, and 51 breakthrough deaths.

The number of breakthrough hospitalizations decreased by nine week-over-week, and the number of breakthrough deaths decreased by 17 week-over week.

Breakthrough is defined as an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 at least 14 days after being fully vaccinated and did not test positive in the previous 45 days.

There have been a total of 2,137 breakthrough hospitalizations, and 7,089,829 of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. Of the fully vaccinated population in the state, 99.97% have not been hospitalized with a breakthrough COVID-19 infection.

Analysis of new hospital admissions for covid-like illness in the state over the past week put breakthrough hospitalizations at 10.8% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois in the past week, down from about 12.4% the week before. This means those who are not fully vaccinated made up 89.2% of COVID-19 hospital admissions in the past week.

COVID-19-like illness is defined as a if a patient presents with a fever and either cough, difficulty breathing or is given a diagnosis of COVID-19.

The IDPH reported 2,932 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 54 additional deaths Wednesday.

For Tuesday the state administered 23,061 shots.

The state received the results of 124,578 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate went down to 2.1%.

Illinois has seen 1,643,993 total cases of the virus, and 25,153 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 32,629,332 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 1,747 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 425 were in intensive care units, and 233 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Wednesday, IDPH reported a total of 17,454,735 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 14,742,283 vaccines administered.

As of Wednesday, 7,089,829 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 55.65% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,810,254 (62.8%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,698,727 (80.3%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,345,094 (64.4%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,060,483 (81.8%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,603,976 (78.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,960,691 (96%)

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: 57.63%

Suburban Cook: 61.13%

Lake: 58.01%

McHenry: 56.27%

DuPage: 64.95%

Kane: 56.12%

Will: 56.18%

Kendall: 57.50%

La Salle: 50.11%

Grundy: 48.64%

DeKalb: 48.61%

Ogle: 48.77%

Lee: 51.65%

Whiteside: 46.41%

Bureau: 48.15%

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 2.5%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 3.1%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.2%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable eight out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 92 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 2.6%. Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 2.9%, and DuPage County’s increased to 2.4%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable eight out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 144 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 4.1%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable six out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 103 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 4.0%.

Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 2.2%, Lee County’s rate increased to 1.7%, and Whiteside County’s stayed flat at 3.4%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable six out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 111 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 3.3%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 1.9%. Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for five out of the past 10 days. The region is down to a total of 203 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate increased to 1.9%. Currently, 18% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for eight out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate increased to 2.2%. Currently, 15% 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.