Henry County's COVID cases up 117.7%; Illinois cases surge 81.6%
New coronavirus cases leaped in Illinois in the week ending Sunday, rising 81.6% as 232,889 cases were reported. The previous week had 128,246 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Illinois ranked eighth among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 75.9% from the week before, with 4,967,431 cases reported. With 3.81% of the country's population, Illinois had 4.69% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 49 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
The New Year's holiday weekend significantly disrupted who got tested, how many people got tested, what labs operated and what government agencies reported on time. Many of the New Year's weekend reports were shifted into the latest week, and the previous week was disrupted by late reporting from the weekend of Christmas. Consequently, week-to-week comparisons will be skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they're accurate to what states reported.
Henry County reported 838 cases and three deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 385 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 9,450 cases and 98 deaths.
Within Illinois, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Calhoun County with 3,039 cases per 100,000 per week; Champaign County with 2,997; and McLean County with 2,859. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Cook County, with 95,907 cases; DuPage County, with 17,063 cases; and Will County, with 12,450. Weekly case counts rose in 102 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Cook, DuPage and Lake counties.
Illinois ranked 21st among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 73.3% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 74.3%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Sunday, Illinois reported administering another 570,367 vaccine doses, including 166,943 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 275,809 vaccine doses, including 49,109 first doses. In all, Illinois reported it has administered 20,313,249 total doses.
In Illinois, 540 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 386 people were reported dead.
A total of 2,382,437 people in Illinois have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 30,794 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 60,074,429 people have tested positive and 837,594 people have died.
Illinois's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 9.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 8,200
- The week before that: 7,340
- Four weeks ago: 4,961
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 187,807
- The week before that: 147,897
- Four weeks ago: 91,573
Hospitals in 49 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 39 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 50 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
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