McHenry County reports 80 COVID-19 cases, one death Tuesday

Region 9 hits 7.2% positivity rate, needs 6.5% positivity rate to move to Phase 4

The McHenry County Department of Health reported 80 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and one additional death Tuesday.

This brings the county’s totals to 22,359 confirmed cases, 226 confirmed deaths and 23 deaths where the cause was likely COVID-19 but not confirmed. The county’s recovery rate currently sits at 98%.

According to McHenry County’s COVID-19 dashboard, 58% of deaths – 144 of 249 – have been associated with long-term care facilities while 81% of hospitalizations – 1,140 of 1,415 – were not.

McHenry County residents have been tested a total of 229,834 times since the pandemic began, according to county-specific data collected by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

As of Tuesday, the IDPH reported a total of 1,764,675 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered statewide and 12,277 in McHenry County. So far, 0.81% (2,501 of 308,570) of county residents have been fully vaccinated, meaning they’ve received all of the doses recommended for the vaccine they received.

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On Tuesday, Region 9 moved to Tier 1, which further loosened restrictions and led to the return of indoor dining. In order to move to Phase 4 of the governor’s reopening plan, which is less restrictive than Tier 1, a region must meet three metrics tracked by the IDPH.

First, the region must report a seven-day average test positivity rate at or lower than 6.5% for three consecutive days. As of Tuesday, McHenry County’s positivity rate was 8.5% and Region 9 was at 7.2%.

Second, intensive care unit availability must be greater than 20% for three consecutive days. As of Thursday, Region 9 was satisfying this metric at 30%. The availability of staffed ICU beds in McHenry County was at 23.9%.

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

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The Kane County Health Department reported a total of 46,960 confirmed cases and 664 deaths Tuesday.

The Lake County Health Department reported a total of 51,201 confirmed cases and 850 related deaths.

Statewide, the IDPH reported a total of 1,108,430 confirmed cases and 18,883 related deaths. So far, Illinois has conducted 15,553,319 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 3,359 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 2,631 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) 2,378; Lake in the Hills (60156) 2,008; Algonquin (60102) 1,670; Huntley (60142) 1,596; Cary (60013) 1,535; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,486; Harvard (60033) 1,352; Marengo (60152) 946; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 810; Wonder Lake (60097) 731; Spring Grove (60081) 550; Island Lake (60042) 309; Fox River Grove (60021) 259; Richmond (60071) 243; Hebron (60034) 133; Barrington (60010) 101; Union (60180) 94; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 49.