McHenry County reports 41 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths

State moves to bridge phase Friday as hospitalizations, new cases statewide remain on downward trend

The McHenry County Department of Health reported 41 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths Thursday.

This brings the total number of cases in the county to 28,526 cases, 276 confirmed deaths and 29 cases in which the cause likely was COVID-19 but could not be confirmed.

The county’s recovery rate remained at 99%.

As of Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported a total of 10,179,004 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered statewide, including 235,377 in McHenry County.

So far, 33.44% (103,188 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 moved to a bridge phase Friday ahead of Phase 5. The bridge phase will last 28 days, which is two coronavirus incubation cycles, for monitoring, Gov JB Pritzker said.

If there is not a sustained increase in hospitalizations, hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness, new cases, or deaths over that 28-day period, the state will advance to Phase 5. The state already has met the criteria in terms of the percentage of residents 16 and older to receive at least one dose of a vaccine.

As of Thursday, 80.98% of those 65 and older had received at least one dose. Additionally, 57.49% of those 16 and older had received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the state’s dashboard. The state also reported that COVID-19-related deaths are on the rise but not significantly so, while total hospitalizations and new admissions are declining.

As of Thursday, McHenry County’s positivity rate increased to 6.1%, and Region 9 decreased to 3.0%, marking the region’s 110th day below the 8% threshold to return to increased mitigations.

Additional mitigations also 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 26% of its ICU beds available as of Thursday and reported COVID-19-related hospital admissions increased seven out of the past 10 days.

Statewide, the IDPH reported 1,361,666 cases, 22,320 confirmed deaths and 2,351 probable deaths. Neighboring Lake County’s health department reported 60,740 confirmed cases and 988 deaths as of Wednesday, while to the south, the Kane County Health Department reported 57,828 cases and 770 deaths as of Wednesday.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 4,356 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 3,322 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) 3,028; Lake in the Hills (60156) 2,661; Algonquin (60102) 2,130; Huntley (60142) 2,071; Cary (60013) 1,987; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,891; Harvard (60033) 1,566; Marengo (60152) 1,168; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 1,018; Wonder Lake (60097) 924; Spring Grove (60081) 701; Island Lake (60042) 394; Fox River Grove (60021) 354; Richmond (60071) 313; Hebron (60034) 170; Barrington (60010) 149; Union (60180) 129; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 58.

Emily K. Coleman

Originally from the northwest suburbs, Emily K. Coleman is the associate editor for the Northwest Herald. She spent about seven years prior to that with Shaw Media, first covering the town of Dixon for Sauk Valley Media and then various communities within McHenry County from 2012 to 2016.