November 29, 2022

Illinois’ COVID-19 hospitalizations hit four-month low

State administers 69,000 vaccines since Friday

FILE - Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a cooler before being thawed at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site in the Bronx borough of New York on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. On Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, Pfizer asked U.S. regulators to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older, a step that comes amid concern about increased spread of the coronavirus with holiday travel and gatherings.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 3,666 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths for Friday, Saturday and Sunday combined. IDPH does not update its data dashboard on weekends.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 971 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. For the first time since May 15, Illinois has fewer than 1,000 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 113 were in intensive care units, and 29 were on ventilators.

For Friday-Sunday, the state administered 69,418 vaccines.

From the IDPH’s data dashboard:

Case rate per 100,000: 18.5 (down 1.0 from Friday’s update)

Percentage of ICU beds available: 24%

COVID-19-diagnosed hospital admissions (seven-day rolling average): 84 (down 8 from Friday)

Weekly deaths reported: 62

Illinois has seen 3,754,941 total cases of the virus, and 34,956 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 Salle16.62301

Vaccine update: As of Monday, the IDPH reported a total of 29,458,075 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 23,722,825 vaccines administered.

As of Monday, 8,366,914 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 65.67% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

CDC numbers:

Among Illinois residents 5 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,823,301 (74%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,751,582 (81.8%)

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,385,729 (77.4%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,256,575 (85.4%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,735,764 (78.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,544,988 (86.7%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,835,483 (89.8%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,983,795 (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: 69.37%

Suburban Cook: 73.25%

Lake: 70.91%

McHenry: 66.27%

DuPage: 75.98%

Kane: 66.88%

Will: 67.15%

Kendall: 69.97%

La Salle: 58.72%

Grundy: 58.06%

DeKalb: 56.87%

Ogle: 57.25%

Lee: 59.14%

Whiteside: 52.14%

Bureau: 56.96%

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.