West Suburban region positivity decreases to 7.9%, moves closer to Tier 1 mitigations

The DuPage County Health Department on Thursday reported 256 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 7 deaths: 1 man in his 50s, 1 woman in her 60s, 2 men in their 60s, 1 man in his 70s and 1 woman in her 80s.

The county now has seen a total of 66,480 coronavirus cases including 1,071 deaths, according to the health department. The recovery rate among DuPage County cases as of Jan. 12 was 98.0%.

DuPage County has administered 48,858 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 14,066 people in the county have been fully vaccinated, or 1.51% percent of the population. It is the highest percentage of any county in the state.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen one day at or under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 7.9%. Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 11 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 8.8%, and DuPage County is at 7.4%.

Hospitalizations have decreased five out of the past 10 days in this region.

In order to move to Tier 1 mitigations, a region must meet the following metrics:

• A test positivity rate between 6.5 and 8% for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND

• ≥20% available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 7-day rolling average; AND

• No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,979 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 123 additional deaths Thursday, and a total of 120,944 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 5.5% to 5.4%.

By town, Wheaton has had 3,542 total cases, Glen Ellyn 2,509, Lombard 3,454, Villa Park 2,064, Hinsdale 1,045, Westmont 1,676, Darien 1,357, Woodridge 2,080, Downers Grove 3,125, Elmhurst 3,418, Warrenville 1,056 and Winfield 849. Addison has had 4,109 confirmed cases, Naperville 5,600, Carol Stream 3,599 and West Chicago 3,658.

The health department provides further information on its data dashboard for COVID-19-related hospitalizations, deaths, lab positivity and outbreak-associated counts by municipality. This additional information replaces the information that was previously provided daily in this format.

Information is also available for COVID-19 cases and deaths among DuPage County residents by race, ethnicity, severity, long-term care facility outcomes, underlying medical conditions and doubling time. Visit the DuPage County COVID-19 Dashboard at www.dupagehealth.org/covid19data.

Individual long-term care facility outbreak updates are provided on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

Joshua  Welge

Joshua Welge

I am the Sports Editor for Kendall County Newspapers, the Kane County Chronicle and Suburban Life Media, covering primarily sports in Kendall, Kane, DuPage and western Cook counties. I've been covering high school sports for 24 years. I also assist with our news coverage.