September 28, 2022

Illinois COVID-19 deaths near historic lows

State’s case rate goes down to 34.7 new cases per 100,000 people

FILE - Vials for the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are seen at a temporary clinic in Exeter, N.H. on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The Food and Drug Administration has authorized another booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for people age 50 and up, Tuesday, March 29, 2022.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 5,096 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and zero additional deaths Tuesday. Illinois is now averaging five COVID-19 deaths per day over the past week. That average has only been lower on two days since April 2020. The state got down to a seven-day average of four COVID-19 deaths per day on July 28, 2021 and May 31, 2022.

As of late Monday, Illinois had 1,450 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 162 were in intensive care units and 52 were on ventilators.

For Monday, the state administered 9,392 vaccines.

From the IDPH’s data dashboard:

Case rate per 100,000: 34.7 (down 0.2 from Monday)

Percentage of ICU beds available: 20%

COVID-19-diagnosed hospital admissions (seven-day rolling average): 133 (up four from Monday)

Weekly deaths reported: 48

Illinois has seen 3,578,991 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 Salle32.92300

Vaccine update: As of Monday, the IDPH reported a total of 28,789,775 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 23,018,923 vaccines administered.

As of Monday, 8,326,295 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 65.35% 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: 69.06%

Suburban Cook: 72.88%

Lake: 70.45%

McHenry: 65.95%

DuPage: 75.63%

Kane: 66.56%

Will: 66.85%

Kendall: 69.42%

La Salle: 58.46%

Grundy: 57.85%

DeKalb: 56.72%

Ogle: 57.05%

Lee: 58.96%

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.