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Illinois reports lowest number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals, ICUs since April

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.

The seven-day rolling average of Illinois’ positivity rate remained the same at 2.4%. The state received the results of 66,500 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Sunday afternoon.

Illinois has seen 1,186,696 total cases of the virus, and 20,516 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 18,136,253 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Saturday, Illinois had 1,265 COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Of those, 303 were in intensive care units, and 150 were on ventilators.

Publicly available hospitalization data for COVID-19 in Illinois dates back to April 12. Since then, the state has never reported numbers this low for hospitalizations and ICU usage for COVID-19 patients.

Vaccine update: 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%. 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:

Cook: 6.20%

Lake: 4.66%

McHenry: 4.17%

DuPage: 6.44%

Kane: 4.11%

Will: 4.72%

Kendall: 6.43%

La Salle: 6.85%

Grundy: 5.30%

DeKalb: 4.79%

Ogle: 5.70%

Lee: 7.47%

Whiteside: 6.69%

Regional update: Currently, all 11 of the state’s health regions are in Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan.

Phase 5 in Illinois – all sectors of the economy reopen with businesses, schools, and recreation resuming normal operations with new safety guidance and procedures – comes when “either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period,” according to the state’s Restore Illinois plan.

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.

The North Suburban region (McHenry and Lake counties) has seen 36 consecutive days under 8% for its COVID-19 test positivity rate. The region’s positivity rate stayed the same at 3.6%. Currently, 31% 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 5%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 3.1%.

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 39 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.5%. Currently, 29% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 77 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity average is at 3.7% and DuPage County is at 3.4%.

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

The South Suburban region (Will and Kankakee counties) has seen 41 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate increased to 3.9%. Currently, 29% of ICU beds are available.

The region has 59 consecutive days under the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

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

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%. Currently, 25% of ICU beds are available.

The region has seen 77 consecutive days above the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate decreased to 2.2%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 0.5%, and Whiteside County’s decreased to 3.1%.

Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for nine out of the past 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 45 days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.2%.

Currently, 28% of ICU beds are available. The region has 65 consecutive days over the 20% threshold for ICU bed availability. Hospitalizations have decreased or remained stable for nine out of the last 10 days in this region.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 3.8%.

Chicago has seen 39 consecutive days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate is 2.9%.

Currently, 27% of ICU beds are available. The region has 77 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.

Suburban Cook County has seen 39 days under 8%. The region’s positivity rate decreased to 3.5%.

Currently, 26% of ICU beds are available. The region has 58 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.

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

Newly reported deaths include:

– Champaign County: 1 male 80s

– Christian County: 1 male 70s

– Clark County: 1 male 60s

– Cook County: 3 males 60s, 1 female 70s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 90s, 1 female over 100

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

– Kane County: 1 male 70s

– Kendall County: 1 female 60s

– Knox County: 1 male 90s

– Livingston County: 1 male 80s

– Pulaski County: 1 female 70s

– St. Clair County: 1 male 90s

– Will County: 1 male 90s

– Williamson County: 1 male 80s

– Winnebago County: 1 male 80s

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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