McHenry County reports two new COVID-19 cases, two additional deaths

So far, nearly 43% of McHenry County residents are fully vaccinated, IDPH reports

The McHenry County Department of Health reported just two new cases of COVID-19 but also two new deaths Tuesday.

This brings the total number of cases in the county to 29,151, including 282 confirmed deaths and 29 deaths in which the cause likely was COVID-19 but could not be confirmed.

The county’s recovery rate remains at 99%.

As of Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported a total of 11,708,874 doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered statewide, including 279,680 in McHenry County.

So far, 42.82% (132,129 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 on May 14 ahead of Phase 5 and is set to move to Phase 5 itself on June 11.

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 and total hospitalizations and new admissions tied to COVID-19 have been on the decline. The state reported “no significant change” number of deaths related to COVID-19.

As of Tuesday, 82.23% of those 65 and older had received at least one dose. Additionally, 62.63% of those 18 and older had received at least one dose of the vaccine as of Tuesday, and 59.90% of residents 12 and older also received at least one dose.

McHenry County’s positivity rate fell to 2.5% Tuesday based on a seven-day rolling average, and Region 9 decreased to 1.5%.

Region 9 had 31% of its intensive care unit beds available as of Tuesday and reported COVID-19-related hospital admissions decreased or were stable 10 out of the past 10 days.

Statewide, the IDPH reported 1,385,854 cases, 22,974 confirmed deaths and 2,412 probable deaths. Neighboring Lake County’s health department reported 61,744 cases and 1,009 deaths as of Monday, while to the south, the Kane County Health Department reported 58,897 cases and 799 deaths Tuesday.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 4,444 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 3,414 cases.

The McHenry County health department reports ZIP code data only for parts 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) 3,073; Lake in the Hills (60156) 2,728; Algonquin (60102) 2,176; Huntley (60142) 2,120; Cary (60013) 2,044; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,922; Harvard (60033) 1,589; Marengo (60152) 1,188; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 1,035; Wonder Lake (60097) 933; Spring Grove (60081) 722; Island Lake (60042) 402; Fox River Grove (60021) 369; Richmond (60071) 326; Hebron (60034) 177; Barrington (60010) 157; Union (60180) 130; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 61.

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.