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

Phase 5 begins Friday as McHenry County’s positivity rate falls 2.2%, hospitalization stable or decreasing 10 out of last 10 days, IDPH reports

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

This brings the total number of cases in the county to 29,161, 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 Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported a total of 11,821,373 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered statewide, including 282,162 in McHenry County.

So far, 43.30% (133,607 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 and is set to move to Phase 5 on Friday.

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 Thursday, 82.42% of those 65 and older had received at least one dose. Additionally, 62.97% of those 18 and older had received at least one dose of the vaccine as of Thursday and 60.32% of residents 12 and older received at least one dose.

McHenry County’s positivity rate fell to 2.2% Thursday based on a seven-day rolling average, and Region 9 remained at 1.3%.

Region 9 had 30% of its intensive care unit beds available as of Thursday and reported COVID-19-related hospital admissions decreased or were stable 10 out of the past 10 days.

Statewide, the IDPH reported 1,386,628 cases, 23,014 confirmed deaths and 2,416 probable deaths. Neighboring Lake County’s health department reported 61,766 cases and 1,009 deaths as of Wednesday, while to the south, the Kane County Health Department reported 58,938 cases and 800 deaths Thursday.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 4,446 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 3,415 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) 3,072; Lake in the Hills (60156) 2,727; Algonquin (60102) 2,177; Huntley (60142) 2,121; Cary (60013) 2,044; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,924; Harvard (60033) 1,591; Marengo (60152) 1,188; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 1,036; Wonder Lake (60097) 933; Spring Grove (60081) 722; Island Lake (60042) 402; Fox River Grove (60021) 369; Richmond (60071) 327; Hebron (60034) 177; Barrington (60010) 157; Union (60180) 131; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 61.

Emily Coleman

Emily K. Coleman

Originally from the northwest suburbs, Emily K. Coleman is the 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.