May 25, 2022
Coronavirus

COVID-19 hospitalization growth rate slows as Illinois now has 26% of population boosted

Only two health care regions remain with single digit ICU availability

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 77,833 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 207 additional deaths for Friday, Saturday and Sunday combined. The IDPH does not update its data dashboard on weekends or holidays.

For Friday-Sunday, the state administered 150,611 shots.

The state received the results of 835,655 COVID-19 tests for Friday-Sunday. The state’s positivity rate went down 13.4%

Illinois has seen 2,460,270 total cases of the virus, and 28,568 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 46,827,777 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 7,114 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, a decline from Saturday’s high of 7,170 patients. Of those, 1,139 were in intensive care units, and 644 were on ventilators. COVID-19 positive patients occupy 38.4% of the state’s total ICU beds.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Illinois has grown 6.8% in the past week, compared with a 32% increase the week prior. Only two of the state’s 11 health care regions remain in the single digits for ICU beds available.

The regions with single-digit ICU beds available:

Region 1 (DeKalb County, Sauk Valley, Rockford): 8 ICU beds available out of 141.

Region 5 (southern Illinois): 2 ICU beds available out of 81. This region ran out of open ICU beds in September during the delta variant surge.

Vaccine update: As of Monday, the IDPH reported a total of 22,298,775 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 19,686,548 vaccines administered.

As of Monday, 7,780,487 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 61.07% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Also, 3,392,790 people have received a booster dose, or 26.6% of the state’s population. Among 5-11 year olds, 31.17% have received at least one vaccine dose and 22.01% are fully vaccinated.

CDC numbers

Among Illinois residents 5 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,209,444 (68.8%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,285,100 (77.9%)

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,948,589 (73.3%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,911,812 (82.2%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,367,262 (74.8%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,259,388 (83.8%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,774,775 (86.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,950,888 (95%)

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: 63.34%

Suburban Cook: 67.53%

Lake: 65.02%

McHenry: 61.89%

DuPage: 71.42%

Kane: 61.61%

Will: 62.10%

Kendall: 64.05%

La Salle: 54.80%

Grundy: 53.81%

DeKalb: 53.03%

Ogle: 53.37%

Lee: 55.99%

Whiteside: 49.24%

Bureau: 52.94%

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 18.6%. Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 21.9%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 17.2%.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to a total of 382 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 21.8%. Currently, 11% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 24.8%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 20.5%.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 755 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 22.9%. Currently, 6% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 383 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 21.2%.

Currently, 5.6% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 22.5%, Lee County’s rate increased to 17.4%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 21.8%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable two out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 330 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 21.6%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 19.1%. Currently, 9% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days. The region is up to a total of 556 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate fell to 17%. Currently, 9% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate fell to 17.9%. Currently, 8% 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.