McHenry County reports 57 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths

Almost 38,000 vaccine doses administered to county residents

The McHenry County Department of Health reported 57 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and no additional confirmed deaths Friday.

This brings the county’s totals to 23,883 confirmed cases, 258 confirmed deaths and 29 deaths where the cause likely was COVID-19 but was not confirmed. The county’s recovery rate currently sits at 98%.

According to McHenry County’s COVID-19 dashboard, 55% of deaths – 155 of 287 – have been associated with long-term care facilities, while 80% of hospitalizations – 1,257 of 1,569 – were not.

McHenry County residents have been tested a total of 258,889 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 2,060,706 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered statewide and 37,954 in McHenry County. So far, 2.73% of county residents (8,437 of 308,570) 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 only will come when infection rates are minimal and/or more Illinois residents have been vaccinated.

The region could return to increased mitigations if a number of factors are met.

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

As of Friday, McHenry County’s positivity rate was 5.2%, and Region 9 was at 4.4%, marking its 27th straight day under the threshold. The positivity rate has fallen five of the past 10 days.

Second, the region also must see either a sustained increase in COVID-19 patients in the hospital or staffed intensive care unit bed availability fall below 20% for three consecutive days.

As of Friday, Region 9 had 35% of its ICU beds available and McHenry County had 39.7%. 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 49,433 confirmed cases and 701 deaths Friday.

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

Statewide, the IDPH reported a total of 1,170,902 confirmed cases and 20,192 related deaths. So far, Illinois has conducted 17,474,319 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 3,559 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 2,801 cases.

The McHenry County health department only reports 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) 2,541; Lake in the Hills (60156) 2,185; Algonquin (60102) 1,792; Huntley (60142) 1,744; Cary (60013) 1,669; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,610; Harvard (60033) 1,394; Marengo (60152) 976; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 859; Wonder Lake (60097) 761; Spring Grove (60081) 587; Island Lake (60042) 331; Fox River Grove (60021) 284; Richmond (60071) 268; Hebron (60034) 139; Barrington (60010) 107; Union (60180) 101; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 51.

Sam Lounsberry

Sam Lounsberry covers local government, business, K-12 education and all other aspects of life in McHenry County, in particular in the communities of Woodstock, McHenry, Richmond, Spring Grove, Wonder Lake and Johnsburg.