7 new cases of COVID in Whiteside County over the weekend

Seven new cases of COVID-19 were announced over the weekend in Whiteside County: two of people younger than 20, one of a person in his or her 20s, two in their 40s and on each in their 60s and 80s. There also were 23 recoveries.

Lee, Ogle and Carroll counties don’t report over the weekend.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,249 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 22 additional deaths Sunday, and a total of 2,705,934 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

As of Sunday, IDPH reported a total of 3,183,805 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 2,705,934 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 814,241 people in Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 6.39%. In Whiteside County, the percentage of those fully vaccinated is 6.69%; in Lee, 7.4%, and in Ogle, 5.7%

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties) has maintained a positivity rate under 8% for 44 days. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 2.1%.

The 7-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate remained the same at 2.4%.

Within this region, Lee County’s positivity rate decreased to 0.5%, and Whiteside County’s decreased to 3.1%.

The region has seen 77 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability. Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 9 out of the past 10 days in this region.

Kathleen A. Schultz

Kathleen Schultz is a Sterling native with 40 years of reporting and editing experience in Arizona, California, Montana and Illinois.