January 29, 2023

Illinois over 1,700 COVID-19 hospitalizations for first time since mid-February

FILE - A nurse suits up with protective gear before entering a patient's room at the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, N.H., Jan. 3, 2022. The omicron variant has caused a surge of new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and many hospitals are not only swamped with cases but severely shorthanded because of so many employees out with COVID-19. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday 4,939 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 15 additional deaths.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 1,704 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since Feb. 14. Of those, 223 were in intensive care units, the most since Feb. 23, and 60 were on ventilators.

For Wednesday, the state administered 17,442 vaccines.

Case rate per 100,000: 27.2 (up 1.8 from Wednesday)

Percentage of ICU beds available: 15%

COVID-19-diagnosed hospital admissions (seven-day rolling average): 160 (down 2 from Wednesday)

Weekly deaths reported: 56

Illinois has seen 3,927,562 total cases of the virus, and 35,611 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 Salle21.91412

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, the IDPH reported a total of 26,326,495 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 25,582,442 vaccines administered.

As of Thursday, 8,411,210 Illinoisans have been fully vaccinated, or 66.02% of the population. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

CDC numbers:

Among Illinois residents 5 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,934,722 (74.9%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,887,429 (82.9%)

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 8,487,534 (78.3%)

At Least 1 Dose: 9,382,825 (86.6%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,832,051 (79.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,664,550 (87.9%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,858,431 (91%)

At Least 1 Dose: 2,008,369 (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: 69.38%

Suburban Cook: 73.61%

Lake: 71.51%

McHenry: 66.70%

DuPage: 76.36%

Kane: 67.12%

Will: 67.47%

Kendall: 70.66%

La Salle: 58.89%

Grundy: 58.32%

DeKalb: 56.97%

Ogle: 57.40%

Lee: 59.12%

Whiteside: 52.09%

Bureau: 57.13%

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.