McHenry County reports 181 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths

McHenry, Lake counties mark 100th day since positivity rate dropped below 8% threshold needed to move to Phase 4

The McHenry County Department of Health reported 181 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths from over the weekend on Monday.

This brings the total number of cases in the county to 28,080 confirmed and probable cases, 275 confirmed deaths, and 29 deaths in which the cause likely was COVID-19 but could not be confirmed.

The county’s recovery rate remained at 99%.

As of Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported a total of 9,410,057 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered statewide, including 215,327 in McHenry County.

So far, 29% (89,493 of 308,570) of county residents have been fully vaccinated, meaning they’ve received all of the doses recommended for the vaccine they received.

In February, Region 9 moved from Tier 1 to Phase 4, allowing for competitive high school sports to be played, loosening capacity limits for retail and personal care businesses, and enabling restaurants to serve parties of as many as 10 people.

The state will reach Phase 5 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s reopening plan once 50% of residents ages 16 and older have received at least one vaccine dose and stable or declining COVID-19 metrics are recorded during a 28-day monitoring period, Pritzker announced in March.

The state can first move to a bridge phase, however, if 70% of Illinois residents ages 65 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and the state doesn’t see a reversal in the current trends for COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.

As of Monday, 79.44% of those 65 and older had received at least one dose. Additionally, 54.92% of those 16 and older had received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the state’s dashboard.

However, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 continues to rise even as new admissions for COVID-19-like illness are no longer on an upward trajectory.

The region that includes McHenry County also could return to increased mitigations if 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 Monday, McHenry County’s positivity rate fell to 6.8%, and Region 9 stayed flat at 3.7%, marking the region’s 100th day under the 8% threshold.

Additionally, mitigations could take effect if the region were to experience a sustained increase in hospitalized COVID-19 patients and if staffed intensive care unit bed availability were to fall below 20% for three consecutive days.

Region 9 had 27% of its ICU beds available as of Monday and reported that COVID-19-related hospital admissions decreased seven out of the past 10 days.

Statewide, the IDPH reported 1,341,777 cases, 22,047 confirmed deaths and 2,342 probable deaths.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 4,295 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 3,269 cases.

The McHenry County health department reports ZIP code data only for parts 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) 2,965; Lake in the Hills (60156) 2,602; Algonquin (60102) 2,113; Huntley (60142) 2,047; Cary (60013) 1,965; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,858; Harvard (60033) 1,550; Marengo (60152) 1,158; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 1,006; Wonder Lake (60097) 909; Spring Grove (60081) 683; Island Lake (60042) 387; Fox River Grove (60021) 343; Richmond (60071) 308; Hebron (60034) 167; Barrington (60010) 143; Union (60180) 129; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 54.

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.