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Chicago moves to less restrictive Phase 4 with Will County’s Region 7 poised to follow suit Monday

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,428 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 40 additional deaths Sunday, and a total of 981,988 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate decreased slightly to 3.9%. The state received the results of 86,871 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,126,301 total cases of the virus, and 19,243 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 16,039,292 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Saturday, Illinois had 2,467 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 538 were in intensive care units, and 289 were on ventilators.

To see definitions of key terms used in our COVID-19 updates, read this article titled, “Feeling lost in keeping up with the news?”

Vaccine update: As of Sunday, IDPH reported a total of 1,829,575 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 981,988 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 215,397 people in Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 1.69%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

There can be as much as a 72-hour delay in reporting from healthcare providers on vaccines administered.

In northern Illinois, here is the percentage of the population fully vaccinated by county:

Chicago: 1.61%

Cook: 1.67%

Lake: 1.27%

McHenry: 1.29%

DuPage: 2.11%

Kane: 1.27%

Will: 1.67%

Kendall: 1.66%

La Salle: 1.97%

Grundy: 1.83%

DeKalb: 1.47%

Ogle: 2.06%

Lee: 1.70%

Whiteside: 2.14%

Bureau: 1.87%

Regional update: Currently, all 11 of the state’s health regions are under additional mitigation measures from the IDPH. Region 11 (the city of Chicago) moved to the less restrictive Phase 4 Sunday with Region 7 poised to follow suit on Monday.

Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 11 are under Phase 4. Regions 7, 8, 9 and 10 are under Tier 1, and Region 4 is under Tier 2 mitigations.

Regional data from the IDPH remains on a three-day lag.

Confused about the different tiers and phases of the governor’s COVID-19 response? Read how a region can advance through the tiers and into Phase 4 here.

How can a region advance a tier?

In order to move to Tier 1 mitigations, a region must meet the following metrics:

  • A test positivity rate between 6.5 and 8% for three consecutive days, as measured by the seven-day rolling average.
  • Greater than or equal to 20% available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a seven-day rolling average.
  • No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a seven-day average.

In order to move to Phase 4, a region must meet the following metrics:

  • A test positivity rate less than or equal to 6.5% for three consecutive days, as measured by the seven-day rolling average.
  • Greater than or equal to 20% available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a seven-day rolling average.
  • No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a seven-day average.

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen zero consecutive days at or under 6.5% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 6.6%. Currently, 33% of ICU beds are available.

The region has never dropped below the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability since tracking began.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 7.4%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 6.3%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

The West Suburban region (DuPage and Kane counties) has seen zero consecutive days at or under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 7.1%. Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 49 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 8.1% and DuPage County is at 6.5%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen two consecutive days at or under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 6.3%. Currently, 30% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 31 consecutive under the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for seven out of the last 10 days in this region.

The North region (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties) has seen eight consecutive days under the 6.5% positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate remained the same at 5.5%. Currently, 32% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 49 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 8.1%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 1.6%, and Whiteside County’s rate decreased to 7.1%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for nine out of the last 10 days in this region.

The North-Central region (Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties) has seen nine consecutive days under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 5.4%.

Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available. The region has at least 11 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability. Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 4.7%.

Chicago has seen three consecutive days under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 6.3%.

Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available. The region has 49 consecutive days under the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

Suburban Cook County has seen one day under 6.5%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 6.4%.

Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available. The region has 30 consecutive days under the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for 10 out of the last 10 days in this region.

To see how other regions across the state are doing, see the full IDPH dashboard here.

Newly reported deaths include:

– Boone County: 1 female 80s

– Clinton County: 1 female 70s

– Cook County: 1 female 30s, 2 males 40s, 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 3 females 70s, 6 males 70s, 4 females 80s, 1 male 80s, 1 female 90s, 1 male 90s

– DeKalb County: 1 male 80s

– DuPage County: 1 female 60s, 1 female 70s

– Franklin County: 1 male 80s

– Kane County: 1 female 80s

– Lake County: 2 males 40s, 1 female 60s

– La Salle County: 1 male 80s

– Madison County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s

– Marion County: 1 female 80s

– Monroe County: 1 male 60s

– Randolph County: 1 male 70s

– Rock Island County: 1 male 60s

– Will County: 1 teen

– Winnebago County: 1 female 80s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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