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

More than 138,000 McHenry County residents now fully vaccinated, IDPH reports

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

That brings the total number of cases in the county to 29,192, 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 12,108,359 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered statewide, including 288,794 in McHenry County.

So far, 44.74% (138,049 of 308,570) of county residents have been fully vaccinated, meaning they’ve received all of the doses recommended for the vaccine they received.

The state moved to Phase 5 last week, which means state capacity restrictions tied to COVID-19 were lifted. The state continues to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meaning those fully vaccinated can go without masks in most cases.

Statewide, 66.9% of those 12 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Thursday. That rate includes 69.7% for those 18 and older and 89% for those 65 and older.

Total hospitalizations and new admissions tied to COVID-19 continue to be on the decline, and the state reported a decreasing trend line in the number of deaths related to COVID-19.

McHenry County’s positivity rate stayed at 1.6% Thursday based on a seven-day rolling average, and Region 9, which is comprised of Lake and McHenry counties, decreased to 1.1%.

Region 9 had 33% 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 1,388,586 cases, 23,120 confirmed deaths and 2,432 probable deaths. Neighboring Lake County’s health department reported 61,838 cases and 1,015 deaths as of Wednesday, while to the south, the Kane County Health Department reported 59,315 cases and 806 deaths.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 4,449 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 3,427 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) 3,070; Lake in the Hills (60156) 2,730; Algonquin (60102) 2,181; Huntley (60142) 2,122; Cary (60013) 2,049; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,929; Harvard (60033) 1,593; Marengo (60152) 1,190; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 1,036; Wonder Lake (60097) 931; Spring Grove (60081) 722; Island Lake (60042) 403; Fox River Grove (60021) 369; Richmond (60071) 328; Hebron (60034) 177; Barrington (60010) 157; Union (60180) 131; 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.