May 24, 2022
Coronavirus

COVID-19 hospitalizations rapidly declining in Illinois

Illinois has the fewest people in the hospital with COVID-19 since December 27

COVID-19 hospitalization numbers for Illinois as of Monday, January 24, 2022

The number of people in Illinois hospitals with COVID-19 has dropped by 21.8% in the past week, according to new data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

At the same time, new hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness in Illinois are declining at an even faster rate over the past week - a 27.3% decline from a week ago.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 5,328 patients in the hospital with COVID-19, the fewest since Dec. 27. The state had 905 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, the fewest since Christmas Day, and 541 patients were on ventilators.

As of Jan. 21, the most recent available day per state data, there were 435 new admissions to hospitals for covid-like illness, the fewest in one month.

The IDPH reported 64,499 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 310 additional deaths for Friday, Saturday and Sunday combined. IDPH does not update its data dashboard on weekends.

For Friday-Sunday, the state administered 98,818 shots.

The state received the results of 602,928 COVID-19 tests for Friday-Sunday. The state’s positivity rate is 11.6%

Illinois has seen 2,837,861 total cases of the virus, and 30,155 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 50,091,035 tests since the start of the pandemic.

December hospitalization numbers:

The number of Illinois children hospitalized with COVID-19 reached their highest monthly numbers for the pandemic according to information Shaw Local obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

COVID-19 specific admissions by age count:

Age groupSeptember 2021October 2021November 2021December 2021
00-04462839140
05-1115142040
12-17442149114
18-25179116150432
26-344372653811,037
35-447174276211,530
45-541,0216478952,203
55-641,3578821,2973,337
65+2,7731,9763,0977,552
Total6,5894,3766,54916,385

Among the 0-4 year old age group, there were more hospitalizations in December 2021 (140) than November and December 2020 combined (106).

Among children, there were a total of 26 breakthrough hospitalizations during the September-December 2021 time period, according to information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Breakthrough hospitalizations accounted for 4.5% of COVID-19 hospitalizations for Illinois children 17 and younger from September through December 2021. Children 5-11 became eligible for a vaccine in November, and children younger than 5 are still not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine update: As of Monday, the IDPH reported a total of 22,885,545 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 20,305,950 vaccines administered.

As of Monday, 7,874,362 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 61.8% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Also, 3,765,405 people have received a booster dose, or 29.5% of the state’s population. Among 5-11 year olds, 34.8% have received at least one vaccine dose and 25.37% are fully vaccinated.

CDC numbers:

Among Illinois residents 5 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,324,250 (69.8%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,479,189 (79.5%)

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,026,512 (74.1%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,069,441 (83.7%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,432,029 (75.4%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,393,896 (85.2%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,779,164 (87.1%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,959,170 (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: 64.33%

Suburban Cook: 68.53%

Lake: 65.98%

McHenry: 62.62%

DuPage: 72.29%

Kane: 62.53%

Will: 63.11%

Kendall: 65.07%

La Salle: 55.65%

Grundy: 54.78%

DeKalb: 53.77%

Ogle: 54.32%

Lee: 56.70%

Whiteside: 49.95%

Bureau: 54.02%

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 21.3%. Currently, 14% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average decreased to 35.7%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 14.7%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable nine out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 331 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 21.1%. Currently, 15% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 25.8%, and DuPage County’s increased to 18.6%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 715 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 16.5%. Currently, 10% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 289 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 20.1%.

Currently, 7% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 18%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 13.2%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 18.3%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 277 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 16.4%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 15.9%. Currently, 13% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for eight out of the past 10 days. The region is down to a total of 466 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

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

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate increased to 14.0%. Currently, 11% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 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.