McHenry County reports 113 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths Wednesday

So far, 4.81%, or 14,850, of McHenry County’s residents have been fully vaccinated

The McHenry County Department of Health reported 113 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and no additional confirmed deaths Wednesday.

This brings the county’s totals to 24,491 confirmed cases, 261 confirmed deaths and 29 deaths where the cause was likely COVID-19 but not confirmed. The county’s recovery rate currently sits at 98%.

Among the county’s latest deaths tied to COVID-19 was a man in his 70s, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

McHenry County residents have been tested a total of 271,258 times since the pandemic began, according to county-specific data collected by the IDPH.

As of Wednesday, the IDPH reported a total of 2,900,341 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered statewide and 54,049 in McHenry County. So far, 4.81% (14,850 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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Last 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 a number of metrics 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 Wednesday, McHenry County’s positivity rate was 4.9%, and Region 9 was at 3.4%. The region’s positivity rate has fallen eight out 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 Wednesday, Region 9 had 31% of its ICU beds available. McHenry County had 27.6%. 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 50,416 confirmed cases and 719 deaths Wednesday.

The Lake County Health Department reported a total of 55,143 confirmed cases and 922 related deaths Wednesday.

Statewide, the IDPH reported a total of 1,191,520 confirmed cases and 20,626 related deaths. So far, Illinois has conducted 18,315,522 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 3,664 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 2,893 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) 2,609; Lake in the Hills (60156) 2,237; Algonquin (60102) 1,829; Huntley (60142) 1,801; Cary (60013) 1,711; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,652; Harvard (60033) 1,413; Marengo (60152) 999; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 870; Wonder Lake (60097) 779; Spring Grove (60081) 600; Island Lake (60042) 332; Fox River Grove (60021) 293; Richmond (60071) 274; Hebron (60034) 140; Barrington (60010) 112; Union (60180) 103; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 51.

Alex Kantecki

Alex is a sports writer for the Northwest Herald with a focus on preps. He has been with Shaw Media since 2014.