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McHenry County reports 35 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths

The McHenry County Department of Health reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths Thursday.

This brings the total number of cases in the county to 28,738 cases, 278 confirmed deaths and 29 cases in which the cause likely was COVID-19 but could not be confirmed.

The county’s recovery rate remained at 99%.

As of Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported a total of 10,640,990 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered statewide, including 249,652 in McHenry County.

So far, 36.59% (112,910 of 308,570) of county residents have been fully vaccinated, meaning they’ve received all of the doses recommended for the vaccine they received.

In February, Region 9 moved from Tier 1 to Phase 4, allowing for competitive high school sports to be played, loosening capacity limits for retail and personal care businesses, and enabling restaurants to serve parties of as many as 10 people.

The state moved to a ‘bridge’ phase last week ahead of Phase 5. The bridge phase will last 28 days, which is two coronavirus incubation cycles, for monitoring, Gov. JB Pritzker said.

If there is not a sustained increase in hospitalizations, hospital admissions for COVID-19-like illness, new cases, or deaths over that 28-day period, the state will advance to Phase 5. The state already has met the criteria in terms of the percentage of residents 16 and older to receive at least one dose of a vaccine.

As of Thursday, 81.68% of those 65 and older had received at least one dose. Additionally, 58.74% of those 16 and older had received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the state’s dashboard. The state reported that COVID-19-related deaths are on the rise but not significantly so, and total hospitalizations and new admissions are declining.

As of Thursday McHenry County’s positivity rate stayed at 3.9%, and Region 9 remained at 2.4%, marking the region’s 117th day below the 8% threshold to return to increased mitigations.

Additional mitigations also could take effect if the region were to experience a sustained increase in hospitalized COVID-19 patients and if staffed intensive care unit bed availability were to fall below 20% for three consecutive days.

Region 9 had 35% of its ICU beds available as of Thursday and reported COVID-19-related hospital admissions decreased or were stable nine out of the past 10 days.

Statewide, the IDPH reported 1,371,884 cases, 22,536 confirmed deaths and 2,377 probable deaths. Neighboring Lake County’s health department reported 61,169 cases and 991 deaths as of Wednesday, while to the south, the Kane County Health Department reported 58,270 cases and 779 deaths as of Thursday.

Among McHenry County ZIP codes, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 4,383 confirmed cases, according to county data. Woodstock (60098) follows with 3,342 cases.

The McHenry County health department reports ZIP code data only for parts located within McHenry County, a department spokeswoman said. Any discrepancies between county and IDPH numbers likely are because of the data’s provisional nature and because each health department finalizes its data at different times, she said.

The following is the rest of the local breakdown of cases by ZIP code: McHenry (60050) 3,045; Lake in the Hills (60156) 2,697; Algonquin (60102) 2,149; Huntley (60142) 2,093; Cary (60013) 2,000; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 1,902; Harvard (60033) 1,577; Marengo (60152) 1,173; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 1,021; Wonder Lake (60097) 925; Spring Grove (60081) 706; Island Lake (60042) 398; Fox River Grove (60021) 362; Richmond (60071) 315; Hebron (60034) 172; Barrington (60010) 151; Union (60180) 129; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 60.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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