December 04, 2021
Coronavirus

New Illinois hospital admissions for COVID-19 remain on steady decline

IDPH: 56.33% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,071 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 21 additional deaths Tuesday.

For Monday, the state administered 24,418 shots.

The state received the results of 77,197 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate is 2.0%.

Illinois has seen 1,673,346 total cases of the virus, and 25,491 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 34,093,934 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 1,426 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 332 were in intensive care units, and 173 were on ventilators.

The number of people entering the hospital with COVID-19-like illness continues to decline, from 186 new admissions on Sept. 19 down to 127 new admissions on Oct. 16, the most recent day with available data.

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

Vaccine update: As of Tuesday, the IDPH reported a total of 18,103,035 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 15,099,528 vaccines administered.

As of Tuesday, 7,176,519 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 56.33% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,873,589 (63.4%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,774,897 (81%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,402,766 (65%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,131,317 (82.5%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,612,484 (78.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,977,555 (96.8%)

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: 58.24%

Suburban Cook: 61.88%

Lake: 58.67%

McHenry: 57.07%

DuPage: 65.63%

Kane: 56.90%

Will: 56.94%

Kendall: 58.32%

La Salle: 50.77%

Grundy: 49.45%

DeKalb: 49.22%

Ogle: 49.53%

Lee: 52.17%

Whiteside: 46.81%

Bureau: 48.84%

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 2.3%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 3.0%. 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 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 86 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 2.7%. Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 2.9%, and DuPage County’s stayed flat at 2.6%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable eight out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 127 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.6%. 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 down to 90 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 3.6%.

Currently, 14% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate stayed flat at 2.5%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 2.2%, and Whiteside County’s went down to 2.4%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 108 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 3.2%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 1.7%. Currently, 15% 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 204 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate stayed flat at 2.0%. 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 1.8%. Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine 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.