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Sauk Valley COVID-19 vaccination rates trail state percentage

Sauk Valley’s vaccination rates continue to trail the state average. Meanwhile the four-county region reported new outbreaks at schools.

The latest information came from updates provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Vaccinations

The IDPH says 55.27% of Illinoisans are fully vaccinated.

For the seven days preceding Sept. 30, the state administered 22,754 doses and had a reported inventory of 396,877 doses.

Lee County leads the Sauk Valley with 51.32% of the population vaccinated, while 43 more doses were administered and there is a supply of 964 doses.

Ogle County is at 48.15% vaccinated, providing another 67 doses. Some 2,248 doses are available.

Whiteside County is at 46.24% vaccinated, and provided 56 more doses; 2,012 doses are available.

In Carroll County, 40.97% are fully vaccinated, while 11 doses more were provided and 247 doses are available.

Schools

Three Sauk Valley-area schools had new outbreaks of COVID-19, according to an IDPH report on Friday.

West Carroll High School had between five and 10 cases.

Meanwhile, Oregon Elementary and St. Paul Lutheran School each had fewer than five cases.

All three outbreaks were traced to their respective classrooms.

School-age cases

For the week ending Sept. 25, Whiteside County had 32 school-age people with COVID-19 cases, with 14 in the 5-11 age group, 11 in the 12-17 age group and seven in the 18-22 age group.

Ogle County had 29 cases among school-age kids; Lee had 10 and Carroll had 4.

Transmission rates

Ogle and Whiteside counties have been hit the worst, but transmission rates remain high in all four counties, IDPH’s updated tracker shows.

Ogle County added 113 cases in the past seven days, a rate of 223.13 per 100,000 people.

Whiteside County added 123 cases, for a rate of 222.93 per 100,000.

Lee County had 52 cases and a rate of 152.51 per 100,000.

Carroll County added 23 cases and had a 160.78 per 100,000 rate.

ICU availability

In northern Illinois, the availability of intensive care unit beds tightened slightly.

Available ICU beds — those properly equipped and staffed — is down to 20.

A Princeton hospital in neighboring Bureau County took its ICU beds offline for staffing reasons.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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