December 05, 2021
Coronavirus

As Illinois COVID-19 hospitalizations increase, vast majority not fully vaccinated

Illinois is now averaging 4,628 new COVID-19 cases per day over the past week, the highest average since January 25

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 277 breakthrough COVID-19 hospitalizations for the past week, and 57 breakthrough deaths. It’s a 17% week-over-week increase in breakthrough hospitalizations and a 23% week-over-week increase in breakthrough deaths.

Although breakthrough hospitalizations increased week-over-week, the gap between unvaccinated hospitalizations and breakthrough hospitalizations grew, as Illinois has seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, eclipsing more than 1,900 total active hospitalized patients for the first time in almost two months.

Analysis of new hospital admissions for covid-like illness in the state over the past week put breakthrough hospitalizations at 21.5% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois in the past week, down from 22.3% the week before. This means those who are not fully vaccinated made up 78.5% of COVID-19 hospital admissions in the past week. Breakthrough deaths accounted for 37.2% of all COVID-19 deaths in Illinois last week.

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

There have been a total of 3,549 breakthrough hospitalizations, and 7,349,241 of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. Of the fully vaccinated population in the state, 99.952% have not been hospitalized with a breakthrough COVID-19 infection.

Breakthrough is defined as an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 at least 14 days after being fully vaccinated and did not test positive in the previous 45 days.

There have been 1,083 total breakthrough COVID-19 deaths in Illinois.

IDPH also released new data about breakthrough hospitalizations and deaths, showing the majority of breakthrough hospitalizations happening in the elderly population.

For breakthrough hospitalizations:

72% are 65 or older (2,568 total breakthrough hospitalizations in this group)

27% are between 18 and 64 years old (974 total breakthrough hospitalizations in this group)

51% have at least one underlying condition or are immunocompromised

For breakthrough deaths:

87% were 65 or older

13% were between 18 and 64

46% had at least one underlying condition or were immunocompromised

IDPH reported 5,058 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 19 additional deaths Wednesday.

Illinois is now averaging 4,628 new cases per day over the past week, the highest average since January 25.

For Tuesday, the state administered 74,804 shots. Illinois also has administered a total of 186,569 doses to 5-11 year olds, an increase of 8,177 doses from Tuesday’s update. As a state, 16.9% of Illinois children 5-11 years old have received a first vaccine dose.

The state is averaging 64,199 vaccine doses per day over the past week, the highest average since May 26.

The state received the results of 139,801 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate is 3.3%.

Illinois has seen 1,784,900 total cases of the virus, and 26,313 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 38,528,321 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 1,982 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since September 22. Of those, 384 were in intensive care units, and 150 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Wednesday, IDPH reported a total of 20,050,445 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 17,031,036 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 7,349,241 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 57.68%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

State data shows 1,722,630 booster doses have been administered, an increase of 47,687 doses from Tuesday’s update.

There can be as much as a 72-hour delay in reporting from healthcare providers on vaccines administered.

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,739,509 (71.4%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,473,009 (78.2%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,185,754 (72.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,860,152 (79.8%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,758,733 (86.1%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,913,035 (93.6%)

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: 59.72%

Suburban Cook: 63.39%

Lake: 60.28%

McHenry: 58.50%

DuPage: 66.98%

Kane: 58.24%

Will: 58.47%

Kendall: 59.92%

La Salle: 52.05%

Grundy: 51.06%

DeKalb: 50.59%

Ogle: 50.68%

Lee: 53.34%

Whiteside: 47.41%

Bureau: 50.38%

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 4.3%. Currently, 19% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 5.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 3.6%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable two out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to a total of 105 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 4.3%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 5.1%, and DuPage County’s increased to 3.9%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable two out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 160 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 5.6%. Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable three out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 112 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 7.7%.

Currently, 15% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 5.9%, Lee County’s rate increased to 3.1%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 4.4%.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 171 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 5.1%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 3.1%. Currently, 15% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for one out of the past 10 days. The region is up to a total of 186 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate stayed flat at 2.8%. Currently, 14% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate increased to 3.1%. 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.