14 new cases reported in Whiteside County over the weekend

Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Whiteside County over the weekend: three each in people younger than 20, in their 70s, and in their 30s, two in their 40s and one each in their 20s, 50s and 60s.

Whiteside now has had 5,915 cases, 145 deaths and 5,641 recoveries, and 4.83% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Lee and Carroll counties do not report on weekends; Ogle County reports on Wednesdays.

In Lee County, 5.5% of the population is fully vaccinated, and in Ogle County, the percentage is 3.9. Statewide, the percentage is 4.29.

Statewide, Saturday saw the fewest COVID-19 vaccines administered during a day since Jan. 24, as the state’s inoculation campaign was slowed by a combination of winter weather across the country over the past week impeding supply chains and an already scarce inventory of doses.

Sunday’s daily pandemic update from the Illinois Department of Public Health said that 13,433 shots of COVID-19 vaccines went into arms Saturday, about a quarter of the 7-day rolling average of daily administered doses, which sits at just more than 52,600.

The IDPH reported 1,585 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 35 additional deaths Sunday, and a total of 2,151,952 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

Lee County’s positivity rate decreased to 0.7%, and Whiteside County’s rate increased to 4.4%.. The 7-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased from 2.8% to 2.7%.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) and has seen 37 consecutive days under the 8% positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate stayed flat at 3.5%. Currently, 24% of ICU beds are available.

The region also has 70 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability, and hospitalizations have decreased 7 out of the past 10 days in this region.

Illinois has seen 1,174,409 total cases of the virus, and 20,269 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 17,622,800 tests since the start of the pandemic.