May 24, 2022
Coronavirus

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois remain on steady decline

Four regions still in single digits for ICU availability

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline in Illinois, according to data released on January 20, 2022.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported Thursday the fewest number of patients in Illinois hospitals with COVID-19 since New Year’s Day.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 6,258 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 1,033 were in intensive care units, and 586 were on ventilators. New admissions to hospitals for COVID-19-like illness also declined for the ninth time in the past 10 days, as state officials said Wednesday Illinois appeared to be past its omicron surge peak.

There are still four health care regions in the state with single-digit ICU availability:

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

Region 3 (Springfield area): 6 available ICU beds out of 159 staffed, available beds.

Region 4 (Metro East, near St. Louis): 2 available ICU beds out of 96 staffed, available beds.

Region 5 (southern Illinois): 4 available ICU beds out of 68 staffed, available beds.

The IDPH reported 23,246 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 198 additional deaths Thursday.

The state’s seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19 cases dropped to 24,674 new cases a day, the lowest average since Jan. 4. The 198 deaths are the most in a single day since December 5, 2020, and the third most in a single day for the pandemic.

For Wednesday, the state administered 49,352 shots.

The state received the results of 237,161 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate is 11.3%

Illinois has seen 2,732,720 total cases of the virus, and 29,708 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 49,197,443 tests since the start of the pandemic.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, the IDPH reported a total of 22,692,465 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 20,159,853 vaccines administered.

As of Thursday, 7,851,941 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 61.63% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Also, 3,682,060 people have received a booster dose, or 28.8% of the state’s population. Among 5-11 year olds, 33.94% have received at least one vaccine dose and 24.57% are fully vaccinated.

CDC numbers:

Among Illinois residents 5 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,294,290 (69.6%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,447,575 (79.2%)

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,007,786 (73.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,041,850 (83.4%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,417,213 (75.3%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,371,199 (85%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,778,293 (87%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,958,661 (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: 64.11%

Suburban Cook: 68.32%

Lake: 65.83%

McHenry: 62.47%

DuPage: 72.11%

Kane: 62.34%

Will: 62.90%

Kendall: 64.81%

La Salle: 55.49%

Grundy: 54.52%

DeKalb: 53.65%

Ogle: 54.16%

Lee: 56.56%

Whiteside: 49.83%

Bureau: 53.88%

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 15.0%. Currently, 14% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 19.5%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 13.6%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable five out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 377 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 17.1%. Currently, 13% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 19.4%, and DuPage County’s increased to 15.9%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable three out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 787 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 17.5%. Currently, 11% 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 345 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 20.3%.

Currently, 6% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 17.2%, Lee County’s rate increased to 16.5%, and Whiteside County’s stayed flat at 18.6%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable eight out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 311 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 17.0%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 18.6%. Currently, 11% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for four out of the past 10 days. The region is down to a total of 551 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate fell to 11.9%. Currently, 10% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for seven out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate fell to 12.9%. Currently, 10% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable six 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.