March 28, 2023

New Illinois COVID-19 hospitalizations drop over the weekend

State’s case rate falls to 34.9 new cases per 100,000 people

FILE - A nurse holds a vial of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, right, and a vial of the vaccine for adults, which has a different colored label, at a vaccination station in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 10,242 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths for Friday, Saturday and Sunday combined. IDPH does not update its data dashboard on weekends.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 1,416 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 157 were in intensive care units and 50 were on ventilators.

For Friday-Sunday, the state administered 24,124 vaccines.

From the IDPH’s data dashboard:

Case rate per 100,000: 34.9 (down 4.8 from Friday)

Percentage of ICU beds available: 21%

COVID-19-diagnosed hospital admissions (seven-day rolling average): 129 (down 13 from Friday)

Weekly deaths reported: 48

Illinois has seen 3,573,895 total cases of the virus, and 34,363 people have died.

County-by-county update: As of mid-April, the IDPH will provide a county-by-county update focusing on the case rate per 100,000 people, the percentage of ICU beds available, a rolling seven-day average of COVID-19-diagnosed hospital admissions and weekly deaths.

The definition of a COVID-19-diagnosed hospital admission is as follows: the seven-day average of daily number of hospital admissions given a diagnosis of COVID-19 as measured using the Illinois Syndromic Surveillance System.

Illinois collects all emergency department and inpatient visits through syndromic surveillance from all acute care hospitals in Illinois in near-real time. Data is presented with a three-day lag to allow time for diagnosis to be reported.

At the county level, a visit is counted by where the patient resides. A patient with multiple visits will be counted for each visit. Admissions may not be because of COVID-19 as the primary cause. Syndromic surveillance data is not the same source used by the CDC to report COVID-19 hospital admissions data.

CountyCase Rate/100,000% available ICU bedsCOVID-19 diagnosed hospital admissions
(7-day rolling average)
La Salle33.22500

Vaccine update: As of Sunday, the IDPH reported a total of 28,771,075 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 23,009,531 vaccines administered.

As of Sunday, 8,325,480 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 65.34% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

CDC numbers:

Among Illinois residents 5 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,770,803 (73.6%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,690,988 (81.3%)

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,344,607 (77%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,209,070 (85%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,700,489 (78.1%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,503,679 (86.3%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,827,955 (89.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,975,848 (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: 69.05%

Suburban Cook: 72.87%

Lake: 70.44%

McHenry: 65.94%

DuPage: 75.62%

Kane: 66.55%

Will: 66.85%

Kendall: 69.41%

La Salle: 58.46%

Grundy: 57.83%

DeKalb: 56.72%

Ogle: 57.04%

Lee: 58.95%

Whiteside: 51.96%

Bureau: 56.84%

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.