December 06, 2022

Bivalent booster pushes Illinois’ COVID-19 vaccine average to highest point since January

FILE - A health worker administers a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Keystone First Wellness Center in Chester, Pa., on Dec. 15, 2021. Government advisers are debating Tuesday, June 28, 2022, if Americans should get a modified COVID-19 booster shot this fall — one that better matches more recent virus variants. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 4,279 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 15 additional deaths for Friday, Saturday and Sunday combined. The IDPH does not update its data dashboard on weekends.

As of late Sunday, Illinois had 1,084 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since Sept. 21. Of those, 121 were in intensive care units, and 58 were on ventilators.

For Friday-Sunday, the state administered 73,325 vaccines. Seeing a significant uptake in vaccines since the availability of the bivalent booster vaccine, Illinois is now averaging 34,457 COVID-19 shots per day, the highest average for the state since Jan. 30.

From the IDPH’s data dashboard:

Case rate per 100,000: 13.6 (up 0.2 from Friday’s update)

Percentage of ICU beds available: 20%

COVID-19-diagnosed hospital admissions (seven-day rolling average): 89 (up 2 from Friday’s update)

Weekly deaths reported: 43

Illinois has seen 3,800,317 total cases of the virus, and 35,183 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.

CountyCase Rate/100,000% available ICU bedsCOVID-19 diagnosed hospital admissions
(7-day rolling average)
La Salle14.91800

Vaccine update: As of Monday, the IDPH reported a total of 29,626,775 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 24,552,232 vaccines administered.

As of Monday, 8,387,863 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 65.83% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

CDC numbers:

Among Illinois residents 5 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,876,486 (74.4%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,812,687 (82.3%)

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,434,942 (77.8%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,314,236 (85.9%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,782,289 (79%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,599,867 (87.3%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,848,067 (90.4%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,997,843 (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: 69.42%

Suburban Cook: 73.46%

Lake: 71.22%

McHenry: 66.48%

DuPage: 76.19%

Kane: 67.03%

Will: 67.32%

Kendall: 70.25%

La Salle: 58.80%

Grundy: 58.16%

DeKalb: 56.89%

Ogle: 57.28%

Lee: 59.27%

Whiteside: 52.19%

Bureau: 57.10%

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.