October 16, 2021

Illinois sees fewest COVID-19 patients in an ICU since August 12

IDPH: 56.07% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,481 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 51 additional deaths Thursday.

For Wednesday, the state administered 37,337 shots.

The state received the results of 127,488 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate is 2.1%.

Illinois has seen 1,663,364 total cases of the virus, and 25,377 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 33,570,829 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois was down to 1,601 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 357 were in intensive care units, the fewest since August 12 and 183 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, IDPH reported a total of 17,913,275 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 14,964,603 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 7,144,033 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 56.07%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,869,253 (63.4%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,769,349 (80.9%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,398,589 (64.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,125,963 (82.5%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,612,247 (78.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,976,635 (96.7%)

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: 57.95%

Suburban Cook: 61.62%

Lake: 58.46%

McHenry: 56.83%

DuPage: 65.40%

Kane: 56.64%

Will: 56.68%

Kendall: 58.03%

La Salle: 50.47%

Grundy: 49.13%

DeKalb: 48.99%

Ogle: 49.28%

Lee: 51.99%

Whiteside: 46.65%

Bureau: 48.54%

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 2.4%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average stayed flat at 2.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.1%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable nine out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 88 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 2.8%. Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 3.1%, and DuPage County’s stayed flat at 2.6%.

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 decreased to 4.2%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable eight out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 95 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 3.9%.

Currently, 14% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate stayed flat at 2.7%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 2.1%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 3.1%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 114 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 decreased to 3.3%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 2.1%. Currently, 13% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for six out of the past 10 days. The region is up to a total of 216 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate stayed flat at 1.9%. Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for eight out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate stayed flat at 2.1%. Currently, 17% 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.