McHenry County COVID-19 Case Rate Continues to Rise, Five Times Higher in Last Month – Shaw Local


The rate of new COVID-19 cases in McHenry County has increased 40% since last week and increased fivefold during the month of April, according to county health department data.

The increase comes as the county’s level of COVID-19 spread has risen from low to medium, the McHenry County Health Department reported Friday. McHenry County is one of 13 counties in the state now experiencing medium spread.

That means the county has recorded more than 200 cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days; the number of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 was less than 10 per 100,000 population, also over seven days; and the percentage of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients was less than 10%, as measured by a seven-day average, according to the CDC.

The county’s COVID-19 incidence rate was 222.61 new cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days as of Sunday, down from 159.56 a week earlier and the highest total since 14 February, according to county data.

The rate of COVID-19 cases among older children in McHenry County has also increased, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Children ages 5 to 11 have seen their rate of new cases increase over the past week in the county, to 16.6 new cases each day from 9 the previous week, according to seven-day rolling averages reported Friday by the ‘IDPH. The case rate for children aged 12 to 17 rose to 11 new cases each day on Friday, from 5.3 the previous week.

Newborns to 4-year-olds declined to 3.7 new cases each day from 4.3 the previous week, according to state data.

The seven-day rolling average of new hospital admissions in McHenry County was four COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, up from one from the previous week, IDPH reported. Until Tuesday, the average had remained between one and three since February 17.

Availability of hospital intensive care units in McHenry and Lake counties fell to 28% Thursday, from 30% a week earlier, according to the seven-day average reported by IDPH.

In Illinois, the seven-day rolling average for the number of new COVID-19-related hospital admissions was 67 on Tuesday, IDPH reported. Of the 808 hospitalized with COVID-19, 66 were in intensive care and 24 were on ventilators as of Thursday.

An additional 2,864 vaccines were administered in McHenry County last week, bringing the county’s total to 526,932, IDPH reported. The state reported that 107,245 booster shots were administered in the county.

A total of 201,590 people, or about 65.33% of McHenry County’s population, are now fully immunized, meaning they have received all recommended doses of the vaccine they were given.

In Illinois, 81.5% of people age 5 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 73.1% are fully vaccinated, IDPH reported Friday. These rates are respectively 85.4% and 76.6% for people aged 12 and over, 86.9% and 77.8% for people aged 18 and over, and 95% and 88.8% for those aged 65 and over.

Illinois’ seven-day rolling average for the case rate stood at 34.3 cases per 100,000 people on Friday, with 46 deaths reported last week. Illinois has now seen 3,169,315 cases of COVID-19, 33,660 confirmed deaths, and 4,296 deaths where COVID-19 was the probable but unconfirmed cause.

McHenry County has now had 78,336 total COVID-19 cases, including 483 confirmed deaths and 45 deaths that were likely caused by COVID-19 but were not confirmed Friday.

Two new deaths were reported last week, both of which occurred in late April, according to county data. A total of five deaths have been recorded for April so far.

Neighboring Lake County Health Department reported a total of 129,575 cases and 1,380 deaths through Thursday. To the south, the Kane County Health Department reported 130,090 cases and 1,127 deaths Thursday.

Of the ZIP codes in McHenry County, Crystal Lake (60014) has the highest total number of COVID-19 cases during the pandemic with a total of 12,813 confirmed, according to county data. McHenry (60050) follows with 8.958.

The McHenry County Health Department reports ZIP code data only for portions of McHenry County, a department spokeswoman said. Any discrepancies between county and IDPH numbers are likely due to the provisional nature of the data and the fact that each health department finalizes its data at different times, she said.

Here is the rest of the local breakdown of cases by postcode: Woodstock (60098) 8,028 cases; Lake in the Hills (60156) 7,580; Huntley (60142) 6332; Cary (60013) 5953; Algonquin (60102) 5,530; Johnsburg and McHenry (60051) 4765; Harvard (60033) 3830; Marengo (60152) 2,792; Crystal Lake, Bull Valley and Prairie Grove (60012) 2,791; Lake Wonder (60097) 2,737; Spring Grove (60081) 1568; Fox River Grove (60021) 1208; Island Lake (60042) 1011; Richmond (60071) 746; Hebron (60034) 438; Barrington (60010) 357; union (60180) 303; and Ringwood and Wonder Lake (60072) 203.

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