May 24, 2022
Coronavirus

Illinois COVID-19 hospitalizations drop yet again

New case average down to lowest total since January 2

North Memorial Health Hospital Critical Care Nurse Kayla Lynch

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 15,732 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 143 additional deaths Wednesday.

The state’s seven-day rolling average for new cases dropped to 22,546 new cases per day, the lowest average since January 2.

For Tuesday, the state administered 41,859 shots.

The state received the results of 143,139 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate is 11.3%

Illinois has seen 2,867,299 total cases of the virus, and 30,419 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 50,359,271 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 5,019 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the fewest since December 26. Of those, 877 were in intensive care units, and 503 were on ventilators.

Breakthrough hospitalization data: IDPH reported 260 breakthrough COVID-19 hospitalizations for the past week, and 363 breakthrough deaths. It’s a 4% week-over-week increase in breakthrough hospitalizations.

Illinois has seen a sustained decrease in total COVID-19 hospitalizations. As of late Tuesday, Illinois had 5,019 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the fewest number of COVID-19 patients since December 26.

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. It does not take into account booster shots.

Analysis of new hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness in the state over the past week put breakthrough hospitalizations at 7.97% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations in Illinois in the past week. This means those who are unvaccinated and/or not fully vaccinated made up 92.03% of COVID-19 hospital admissions in the past week. This data also does not take booster doses into account. Breakthrough deaths accounted for 39.9% 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 6,904 breakthrough hospitalizations, and 7,880,375 of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. Of the fully vaccinated population in the state, 99.912% have not been hospitalized with a breakthrough COVID-19 infection.

There have been 2,528 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:

70% are 65 or older (4,845 total breakthrough hospitalizations in this group)

29% are between 18 and 64 years old (2,021 total breakthrough hospitalizations in this group)

1% are 17 or younger (38 total breakthrough hospitalizations in this group)

71% have at least one underlying condition or are immunocompromised

For breakthrough deaths:

86% were 65 or older

14% were between 18 and 64

44% had at least one underlying condition or were immunocompromised

Vaccine update: As of Wednesday, IDPH reported a total of 22,983,745 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 20,347,598 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 7,880,375 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 61.85%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

Also, 3,796,257 people have received a booster dose, or 29.7% of the state’s population. Among 5-11 year olds, 35.19% have received at least one vaccine dose and 25.92% are fully vaccinated.

CDC numbers:

Among Illinois residents 5 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,334,800 (69.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,503,221 (79.7%)

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,034,402 (74.1%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,089,162 (83.9%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,438,843 (75.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,410,829 (85.4%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,779,925 (87.1%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,960,510 (95%)

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: 64.46%

Suburban Cook: 68.68%

Lake: 66.11%

McHenry: 62.72%

DuPage: 72.40%

Kane: 62.62%

Will: 63.24%

Kendall: 65.28%

La Salle: 54.80%

Grundy: 54.90%

DeKalb: 53.87%

Ogle: 54.10%

Lee: 56.31%

Whiteside: 49.66%

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 19.9%. Currently, 15% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 36.1%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 12.9%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to a total of 316 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 20.5%. Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 25.1%, and DuPage County’s decreased to 18.1%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable nine out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 653 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate decreased to 15.2%. Currently, 11% 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 258 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 decreased to 18.5%.

Currently, 9% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate fell to 17%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 12.4%, and Whiteside County’s went down to 16.5%.

Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is down to 259 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 15.6%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to 15.5%. Currently, 14% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the past 10 days. The region is down to a total of 433 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate fell to 11.1%. Currently, 11% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate fell to 13.0%. Currently, 12% 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.