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Illinois sets single-day record for COVID-19 tests; most new cases since December 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 11,524 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 40 additional deaths Thursday. Illinois received the results of a single-day record 231,876 COVID-19 tests in the 24 hours leading up to Thursday afternoon. The state’s positivity rate went up to 4.7%.

The last time Illinois had more new cases in a single day was December 1, 2020. The number of tests reported was more than 50,000 higher than the previous single-day state record.

“Today we are reporting a record high number of COVID-19 cases for 2021,” IDPH spokesperson Melaney Arnold said. “While we are also reporting a record high number of tests across the entire pandemic, our test positivity rate is also high. Thanksgiving was one week ago and we are starting to see cases associated with family gatherings and travel. Additionally, there may be lags in reporting by laboratories over the long holiday weekend and we could see those results being reported now.”

For Wednesday, the state administered 51,226 shots. Illinois also has administered a total of 251,030 doses to 5-11 year olds, an increase of 9,768 doses from Wednesday’s update. As a state, 19.75% of Illinois children 5-11 years old have received a first vaccine dose, and 3.0% have received two doses.

Illinois has seen 1,827,518 total cases of the virus, and 26,499 people have died. The state has conducted a total of 39,461,221 tests since the start of the pandemic.

As of late Wednesday, Illinois had 2,537 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, the most since January 29. Of those, 505 were in intensive care units, and 214 were on ventilators.

Vaccine update: As of Thursday, IDPH reported a total of 20,172,205 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed statewide, with 17,408,457 vaccines administered.

As of the time this story was published, 7,410,379 of the population of Illinois have been fully vaccinated, or 58.16%. Illinois has a population of 12,741,080 people.

State data shows 1,942,427 booster doses have been administered, an increase of 29,839 doses from Wednesday’s update.

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

Among Illinois residents 5 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,835,464 (65.7%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,815,451 (73.9%)

Among Illinois residents 12 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,801,603 (72%)

At Least 1 Dose: 8,582,251 (79.2%)

Among Illinois residents 18 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 7,243,162 (73.5%)

At Least 1 Dose: 7,960,356 (80.8%)

Among Illinois residents 65 and older:

Fully Vaccinated: 1,769,313 (86.6%)

At Least 1 Dose: 1,932,299 (94.6%)

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: 60.25%

Suburban Cook: 63.99%

Lake: 60.93%

McHenry: 58.99%

DuPage: 67.56%

Kane: 58.63%

Will: 58.94%

Kendall: 60.43%

La Salle: 52.38%

Grundy: 51.39%

DeKalb: 50.93%

Ogle: 51.01%

Lee: 53.66%

Whiteside: 47.64%

Bureau: 50.68%

Regional update: All 11 regions in the state are in Phase 5.

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

The North Suburban (McHenry and Lake counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 7.3%. Currently, 20% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, McHenry County’s seven-day positivity rate average increased to 9.3%. Lake County, which does about two-thirds of the testing in the region, is reporting a rolling average of 6.4%.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to a total of 148 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The West Suburban (DuPage and Kane counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 6.2%. Currently, 23% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, Kane County’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 7.1%, and DuPage County’s increased to 5.8%.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 202 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The South Suburban (Will and Kankakee counties) region’s positivity rate stayed increased to 8.2%. Currently, 12% of ICU beds are available.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 144 total COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

The North (Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 9.5%.

Currently, 14% of ICU beds are available.

Within this region, DeKalb County’s positivity rate increased to 8.0%, Lee County’s rate decreased to 4.0%, and Whiteside County’s went up to 7.6%.

Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region. The region is up to 212 total COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The North-Central (Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties) region’s positivity rate increased to 7.2%.

Within this region, La Salle County’s seven-day positivity rate decreased to XX%. Currently, 16% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations decreased or remained stable for two out of the past 10 days. The region is up to a total of 230 COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Chicago’s positivity rate stayed flat at 3.7%. Currently, 17% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days.

Suburban Cook County’s positivity rate increased to 5.3%. Currently, 15% of ICU beds are available. Hospitalizations have increased 10 out of the past 10 days in this region.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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