IDPH: Most vaccines administered to McHenry County residents in a month with 154,000-plus now fully vaccinated

McHenry County reports 41 new COVID-19 cases as positivity rate inches up to 4.9%

Nearly 1,200 vaccines were administered to McHenry County residents Wednesday, the most since June 26, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Thursday.

Meanwhile, the McHenry County Department of Health reported 41 more cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths Thursday. That brings the total number of cases among residents to 29,646, including 299 confirmed deaths and 30 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 IDPH reported a total of 13,187,171 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered statewide, including 317,125 in McHenry County.

So far, 154,096 McHenry County residents, or 49.94%, have been fully vaccinated, meaning they’ve received all of the doses recommended for the vaccine they received.

The state moved to Phase 5 on June 11, which means state capacity restrictions related to COVID-19 were lifted. The state continues to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meaning those who are fully vaccinated can go without masks in most cases.

Statewide, 72.1% of those age 12 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, the IDPH reported Thursday. That rate is 74.2% for those 18 and older and 91.2% for those 65 and older.

The number of new COVID-19 cases statewide was 1,691 Thursday after surpassing 2,000 new cases Thursday for the first time since early May. The number of new hospital admissions remains on rise, from a low of 37 on July 3 to 87 on Monday.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 881 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since June 4. Of those, 179 were in intensive care units, and 67 were on ventilators.

McHenry County’s positivity rate, as measured by a seven-day rolling average, increased to 4.9%. Data remains on a three-day lag. The rate for Region 9, which is composed of Lake and McHenry counties, also rose to 3.3%.

Region 9 had 34% of its ICU beds available as of Thursday, and the state reported hospital admissions related to COVID-19 increased seven out of the past 10 days.

Statewide, the IDPH reported 1,417,263 cases, 23,432 confirmed deaths and 2,476 probable deaths. Neighboring Lake County’s health department reported 62,609 cases and 1,030 deaths through Wednesday, and to the south, Kane County’s health department reported 60,018 cases and 816 deaths on Wednesday.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 4,560 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 3,459 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) 3,119; Lake in the Hills (60156) 2,765; Algonquin (60102) 2,200; Huntley (60142) 2,162; Cary (60013) 2,087; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,966; Harvard (60033) 1,604; Marengo (60152) 1,212; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 1,048; Wonder Lake (60097) 945; Spring Grove (60081) 734; Island Lake (60042) 414; Fox River Grove (60021) 377; Richmond (60071) 331; Hebron (60034) 178; Barrington (60010) 161; Union (60180) 133; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 64.

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.