McHenry County Department of Health reports 101 new COVID-19 cases Friday

Region that includes McHenry County hits 8% positivity rate Friday

The McHenry County Department of Health reported 101 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 on Friday but no new deaths.

This brings the county’s total counts to 22,028 confirmed cases, 225 confirmed deaths and 22 deaths where the cause likely was COVID-19 but was not confirmed. The county’s recovery rate currently sits at 98%.

As of Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported a total of 1,446,375 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered statewide and 10,987 in McHenry County. So far, 0.7% (2,166 of 308,570) of county residents have been fully vaccinated, meaning they’ve received all of the doses recommended for the vaccine they received.

McHenry County residents have been tested a total of 224,989 times since the pandemic began, according to county-specific data collected by the IDPH.

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On Monday, the state announced it was loosening COVID-19 restrictions, allowing Region 9 (McHenry and Lake counties) to move from Tier 3 to Tier 2. In order to move to Tier 1, which is less restrictive, a region must meet three metrics tracked by the IDPH.

First, the region must report a seven-day average test positivity rate of less than 8% for three consecutive days. As of Tuesday, McHenry County’s positivity rate was 9.9%, and Region 9 was at 8%.

Second, intensive care unit bed availability must be greater than 20% for three consecutive days. As of Tuesday, Region 9 was satisfying this metric for ICU beds with 25% available.

Third, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations must be declining or stable for seven out of the past 10 days. On Tuesday, Region 9 reported eight days of decreases in hospital admissions for COVID-19 out of the past 10 days.

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The Kane County Health Department on Friday reported a total of 46,030 confirmed cases and 648 deaths.

The Lake County Health Department reported a total of 50,585 confirmed cases and 830 related deaths.

Statewide, the IDPH reported a total of 1,093,375 confirmed cases and 18,615 related deaths. So far, Illinois has conducted 15,209,516 COVID-19 tests. The statewide recovery rate is 98%.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 3,310 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 2,601 cases.

The McHenry County health department reports only ZIP code data that is located within McHenry County, a department spokeswoman said. Any discrepancies between county and IDPH numbers likely are because of the data’s provisional nature and because each health department finalizes its data at different times, she said.

The following is the rest of the local breakdown of cases by ZIP code: McHenry (60050) 2,601; Lake in the Hills (60156) 1,975; Algonquin (60102) 1,636; Huntley (60142) 1,573; Harvard (60033) 1,350; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,454; Cary (60013) 1,510; Marengo (60152) 938; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 795; Wonder Lake (60097) 722; Spring Grove (60081) 538; Island Lake (60042) 308; Richmond (60071) 246; Fox River Grove (60021) 253; Hebron (60034) 131; Union (60180) 93; Barrington (60010) 98; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 49.

Cassie Buchman

I cover Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Cary, Fox River Grove, Prairie Grove and Oakwood Hills for the Northwest Herald.