Henry County reports 12 new COVID cases; Illinois cases up 7.7%

Vanessa Jean-Baptiste, a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, dons PPE equipment before entering the room of a patient with COVID-19 March 1, 2022. Two years into the COVID19 pandemic, Jean-Baptiste continues to work three 7:00 pm to 7:00 am shifts a week in the hospital's ICU.

New coronavirus cases increased 7.7% in Illinois in the week ending Sunday as the state added 8,039 cases. The previous week had 7,467 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Illinois ranked 18th 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 5% from the week before, with 219,630 cases reported. With 3.81% of the country's population, Illinois had 3.66% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 16 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Henry County reported 12 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 16 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 12,618 cases and 118 deaths.

Within Illinois, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Edgar County with 146 cases per 100,000 per week; Champaign County with 117; and DuPage County with 104. 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 3,765 cases; DuPage County, with 958 cases; and Will County, with 437. Weekly case counts rose in 47 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Cook, Champaign and Kane counties.

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Illinois ranked 21st among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 76.4% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 76.9%, 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 74,955 vaccine doses, including 17,226 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 53,169 vaccine doses, including 4,962 first doses. In all, Illinois reported it has administered 22,036,308 total doses.

Across Illinois, cases fell in 47 counties, with the best declines in St. Clair County, with 43 cases from 100 a week earlier; in Lake County, with 427 cases from 470; and in LaSalle County, with 42 cases from 68.

In Illinois, 109 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 123 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,061,224 people in Illinois have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 35,740 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 79,954,418 people have tested positive and 976,702 people have died.

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Illinois's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, March 27.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 2,321
  • The week before that: 2,245
  • Four weeks ago: 2,790

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 39,713
  • The week before that: 41,915
  • Four weeks ago: 66,508


Hospitals in three states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in six states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 16 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.