Henry County's COVID new cases flat; Illinois cases plummet 12.5%

Getting a COVID-19 booster shot on Feb. 5, 2022, in Lowell, N.C.

Illinois reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 26,207 new cases. That's down 12.5% from the previous week's tally of 29,939 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Illinois ranked 28th 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 decreased 42% from the week before, with 722,053 cases reported. With 3.81% of the country's population, Illinois had 3.63% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, three states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Henry County reported 165 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 166 cases and four deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 12,460 cases and 116 deaths.

Across Illinois, cases fell in 82 counties, with the best declines in Champaign County, with 616 cases from 1,131 a week earlier; in Cook County, with 7,471 cases from 7,850; and in Will County, with 1,096 cases from 1,322.

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Illinois ranked 21st among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 75.8% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 76.1%, 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 Saturday, Illinois reported administering another 153,600 vaccine doses, including 28,638 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 120,660 vaccine doses, including -4,101 first doses. In all, Illinois reported it has administered 21,636,884 total doses.

Within Illinois, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Johnson County with 926 cases per 100,000 per week; Gallatin County with 746; and Carroll County with 629. 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 7,471 cases; DuPage County, with 2,117 cases; and Lake County, with 1,608. Weekly case counts rose in 19 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in DuPage, Kendall and Christian counties.

In Illinois, 504 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 499 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,013,709 people in Illinois have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 34,732 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 78,479,134 people have tested positive and 935,335 people have died.

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Illinois's COVID-19 hospital admissions falling

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Feb. 20.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 2,951
  • The week before that: 3,852
  • Four weeks ago: 6,474

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 83,365
  • The week before that: 105,697
  • Four weeks ago: 183,913


Hospitals in zero states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in one states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in zero 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.

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at mstucka@gannett.com.