McHenry County reports 48 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths Thursday

County’s positivity rate drops to 5.2% from 5.4%

The McHenry County Department of Health reported 48 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and no additional confirmed deaths Thursday.

This brings the county’s totals to 23,826 confirmed cases, 258 confirmed deaths and 29 deaths where the cause was likely COVID-19 but not confirmed. The county’s recovery rate currently sits at 98%.

McHenry County residents have been tested a total of 257,425 times since the pandemic began, according to county-specific data collected by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

As of Thursday, the IDPH reported a total of 1,977,033 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered statewide and 37,103 in McHenry County. So far, 2.66% (8,221 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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Earlier this month, Region 9 moved from Tier 1 to Phase 4, allowing for competitive high school sports to play, loosening capacity limits for retail and personal care businesses and enabling restaurants to serve parties of up to 10 people. Reaching Phase 5 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s reopening plan will come only when infection rates are minimal and/or more Illinois residents have been vaccinated.

The region could return to increased mitigations if:

First, either the region’s positivity rate rises to 8% or higher for three consecutive days or sees a sustained increase in test positivity rate.

As of Thursday, McHenry County’s positivity rate was 5.2% and Region 9 was at 4.3%. The positivity rate has fallen 10 of the last 10 days.

Second, the region must also see either a sustained increase in COVID patients in hospital or staffed intensive care unit bed availability falls below 20% for three consecutive days.

As of Thursday, Region 9 had 35% of its ICU beds available and McHenry County had 38.1%. Region 9 also reported 10 days of decreases in hospital admissions for COVID-19 out of the past 10 days.

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The Kane County Health Department reported a total of 49,344 confirmed cases and 700 deaths Wednesday, which was the last day their data had been updated as of Thursday evening.

The Lake County Health Department reported a total of 53,944 confirmed cases and 910 related deaths Thursday.

Statewide, the IDPH reported a total of 1,168,683 confirmed cases and 20,129 related deaths. So far, Illinois has conducted 17,388,356 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 3,552 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 2,796 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) 2,537, Lake in the Hills (60156) 2,180, Algonquin (60102) 1,786, Huntley (60142) 1,738, Cary (60013) 1,664, Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,604, Harvard (60033) 1,392, Marengo (60152) 974, Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 856, Wonder Lake (60097) 761, Spring Grove (60081) 586, Island Lake (60042) 330, Fox River Grove (60021) 284, Richmond (60071) 267, Hebron (60034) 138, Barrington (60010) 107, Union (60180) 99 and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 51.

Kelli Duncan

Kelli Duncan is a reporter for the Northwest Herald covering county government as well as the communities of Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Marengo and Harvard. She has previously covered local politics, immigration and feature stories.