December 08, 2021
Coronavirus

Illinois COVID-19 hospitalizations fall to lowest point since August 7

IDPH: 56.43% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,146 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 36 additional deaths Thursday.

The state’s seven-day rolling case average fell to 2,082 cases per day, the lowest since August 3.

For Wednesday, the state administered 34,115 shots.

The state received the results of 135,773 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate is 1.9%.

Illinois has seen 1,677,939 total cases of the virus, and 25,563 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 34,343,988 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 1,309 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the fewest since August 7. Of those, 330 were in intensive care units, and 155 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, IDPH reported a total of 18,193,255 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 15,166,996 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 7,190,417 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 56.43%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,874,526 (63.4%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,776,181 (81%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 6,403,674 (65%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,132,558 (82.5%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,612,571 (78.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,977,816 (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: 58.38%

Suburban Cook: 61.99%

Lake: 58.77%

McHenry: 57.16%

DuPage: 65.73%

Kane: 57.01%

Will: 57.05%

Kendall: 58.42%

La Salle: 50.89%

Grundy: 49.57%

DeKalb: 49.30%

Ogle: 49.64%

Lee: 52.27%

Whiteside: 46.86%

Bureau: 49.00%

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 2.3%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average stayed flat at 3.1%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 2.0%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 84 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

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

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate stayed flat at 2.8%, and DuPage County’s stayed flat at 2.5%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 119 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.3%. 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 82 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 3.5%.

Currently, 14% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate stayed flat at 2.5%, Lee County’s rate increased to 2.2%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 2.7%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 105 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 3.2%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 1.9%. Currently, 15% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for seven out of the past 10 days. The region is down to a total of 190 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

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

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate stayed flat at 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.