December 08, 2021
Coronavirus

Illinois COVID-19 hospitalizations drop to early August levels

IDPH: 7.15 million Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,413 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 30 additional deaths Friday.

For Thursday, the state administered 29,462 shots.

The state received the results of 147,978 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Friday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate went down to 2.0%.

Illinois has seen 1,665,777 total cases of the virus, and 25,407 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 33,718,807 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Thursday, Illinois had 1,550 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the fewest since August 9. Of those, 341 were in intensive care units, and 172 were on ventilators.

Also, youth COVID-19 cases continue to drop. The 5-11 year old age group is down to an average of 269 new coronavirus cases a day, a dramatic drop from the peak of 536 cases per day in early September.

Vaccine update: As of Friday, IDPH reported a total of 18,057,435 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 14,994,065 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 7,150,353 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 56.12%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,871,751 (63.4%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,772,050 (80.9%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,400,982 (65%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,128,565 (82.5%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,612,298 (78.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,976,845 (96.8%)

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: 58.01%

Suburban Cook: 61.66%

Lake: 58.50%

McHenry: 56.87%

DuPage: 65.44%

Kane: 56.68%

Will: 56.73%

Kendall: 58.09%

La Salle: 50.54%

Grundy: 49.18%

DeKalb: 49.03%

Ogle: 49.33%

Lee: 52.02%

Whiteside: 46.69%

Bureau: 48.59%

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 stayed flat at 2.4%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 2.8%. 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 nine out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 87 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 2.8%. Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 3.1%, and DuPage County’s increased to 2.7%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable six out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 151 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 4.1%. Currently, 21% 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 94 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 3.8%.

Currently, 13% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 2.6%, Lee County’s rate increased to 2.3%, and Whiteside County’s went down to 3.0%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 112 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 2.2%. Currently, 13% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for six out of the past 10 days. The region is down to a total of 214 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate increased to 2.0%. Currently, 17% 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.