McHenry County reports 57 new COVID-19 cases

Both the intensive care unit and test positivity rate went up in McHenry County, according to data on the local health department’s website

In McHenry County, both intensive care unit availability and the COVID-19 test positivity rate recently increased, according to data reported by the McHenry County Department of Health on Wednesday.

McHenry County’s COVID-19 test positivity rate went up slightly to 3.1% on Sunday, according to the McHenry County health department. The county has been within the low transmission range of zero percent to 4.9% for more than a month.

McHenry County’s transmission rate of COVID-19 continues to decline toward lower levels, county health department data shows.

The county’s incidence rate fell sharply last week but remained above the threshold that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers to mark a “high” transmission of COVID-19.

The number of new cases over the previous seven days hit 104.64 per 100,000 residents Friday, the most recent day for which data is available, according to the McHenry County health department’s school metrics dashboard on Wednesday. That was down from more than 145 cases reported Oct. 4.

For spread to meet the less severe category “substantial,” the incidence rate would need to fall below 100 new cases over seven days per 100,000 residents and remain there for a week, according to the county’s health department.

Both the CDC and McHenry County health department use the incidence rate and positivity rate to categorize COVID-19 transmission. When the two metrics do not fall within the same transmission risk category, the higher one is chosen, according to the county health department.

Region 9, which is made up of Lake and McHenry counties, was 2.3% on Sunday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Intensive care unit availability across McHenry and Lake counties went to 21% on Wednesday, the IDPH reported.

Twice this summer, the ICU care availability in the two-county region fell below 20%, a threshold previously used by the state during the COVID-19 pandemic as a trigger point for implementing more strict health mitigations on regions, something that hadn’t occurred during either last year’s fall peak of coronavirus cases or the more recent spring surge.

The number of people hospitalized in both counties was 85 Tuesday. The region saw the number of patients hospitalized decrease or remain stable each of the past 10 days.

In McHenry County alone, 4.9% of medical and surgical beds and 23.4% of intensive care unit beds were available, according to the McHenry County health department. Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable seven out of the past 10 days in McHenry County.

Statewide, the number of hospitalizations tied to COVID-19 dropped Tuesday to 1,382, a decrease from the day before.

Of those hospitalized on Monday, 350 patients were in the ICU and 165 were on ventilators.

Monday saw 654 doses of vaccine administered to McHenry County residents, bringing the total number of doses administered in McHenry County to 361,609, the IDPH reported.

A total of 176,227 county residents, or an estimated 57.11% of McHenry County’s population, now are fully vaccinated, meaning they’ve received all doses recommended for the vaccine they were given.

Statewide, 15,132,881 vaccines have been administered, according to state data.

Across Illinois, 81% of those age 12 and older have received at least one dose of a vaccine against COVID-19, and 63.4% are fully vaccinated, the IDPH reported Wednesday. Those rates are 82.5% and 65% for people 18 and older and 96.8% and 78.9% for those 65 and older.

The IDPH reported 2,447 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. Another 36 deaths also were logged Wednesday, bringing the totals to 1,675,793 cases, 25,527 confirmed deaths and 2,817 probable deaths.

The McHenry County Department of Health reported 57 new cases and 11 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 34,731, including 320 deaths and 32 deaths that likely were caused by COVID-19 but could not be confirmed. However, the health department is reviewing historical death data, according to its website, meaning that these deaths being reported are ones that occurred over the last few months. They are not new COVID-19 deaths, the website said.

Neighboring Lake County’s health department reported a total of 72,078 cases and 1,087 deaths as of Wednesday, and to the south, Kane County’s health department reported a total of 68,229 cases and 871 deaths.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 5,336 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) followed with 3,968 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) 3,740; Lake in the Hills (60156) 3,199; Huntley (60142) 2,622; Algonquin (60102) 2,510; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 2,390; Cary (60013) 2,382; Harvard (60033) 1,796; Marengo (60152) 1,413; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 1,186; Wonder Lake (60097) 1,152; Spring Grove (60081) 895; Island Lake (60042) 493; Fox River Grove (60021) 452; Richmond (60071) 394; Hebron (60034) 214; Barrington (60010) 182; Union (60180) 159; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 90.

Cassie Buchman

Cassie Buchman

I cover Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Cary, Fox River Grove, Prairie Grove and Oakwood Hills for the Northwest Herald.