December 05, 2021
Coronavirus

Illinois nears 150,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for 5-11 year olds; 1.5 million total boosters

New COVID-19 cases in Illinois have increased 25% week-over-week

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 5,720 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 37 additional deaths Friday.

The state is now averaging more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases per day over the past week, the highest average since September 6. New cases increased 25% over the past week, according to IDPH.

For Thursday, the state administered 69,949 shots. Illinois also has administered a total of 147,115 doses to 5-11 year olds, an increase of 9,911 doses from the previous day’s update.

The state received the results of 176,441 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Friday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate went up to 3.2%.

Illinois has seen 1,763,866 total cases of the virus, and 26,227 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 37,895,788 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Thursday, Illinois had 1,759 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since September 30. Of those, 350 were in intensive care units, and 152 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Friday, IDPH reported a total of 19,782,015 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 16,691,850 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 7,317,633 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 57.43%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

State data shows 1,498,608 booster doses have been administered, an increase of 44,935 doses from Tuesday’s update.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,683,541 (70.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,385,380 (77.4%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,133,367 (72.4%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,777,516 (78.9%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,747,685 (85.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,893,969 (92.7%)

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: 59.47%

Suburban Cook: 63.11%

Lake: 59.86%

McHenry: 58.14%

DuPage: 66.70%

Kane: 57.99%

Will: 58.13%

Kendall: 59.65%

La Salle: 51.78%

Grundy: 50.77%

DeKalb: 50.19%

Ogle: 50.52%

Lee: 53.13%

Whiteside: 47.32%

Bureau: 50.05%

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 3.8%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 5.1%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 3.3%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable one out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 98 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 3.8%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 4.5%, and DuPage County’s increased to 3.5%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable two out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 145 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 5.1%. Currently, 21% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 108 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 stayed flat at 7.0%.

Currently, 13% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 5.3%, Lee County’s rate stayed flat at 2.7%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 4.1%.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 147 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 4.4%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 3.0%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased for 10 out of the past 10 days. The region is up to a total of 178 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate increased to 2.7%. Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased for 10 out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate increased to 2.8%. Currently, 14% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased 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.