Henry County's COVID cases up 15.8%; Illinois cases surge 24.3%

Mike Stucka USA TODAY NETWORK
Kites soar at the Rockport Kite Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2022. The festival returned after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New coronavirus cases leaped in Illinois in the week ending Sunday, rising 24.3% as 30,633 cases were reported. The previous week had 24,646 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Illinois ranked 10th 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 33.2% from the week before, with 501,037 cases reported. With 3.81% of the country's population, Illinois had 6.11% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 43 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Henry County reported 44 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 38 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 12,812 cases and 121 deaths.

Within Illinois, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in DuPage County with 395 cases per 100,000 per week; Champaign County with 392; and Logan County with 381. 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 13,858 cases; DuPage County, with 3,644 cases; and Lake County, with 2,275. Weekly case counts rose in 68 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Cook, DuPage and Will counties.

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Illinois ranked 21st among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 76.7% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 77.7%, 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 Wednesday, Illinois reported administering another 122,081 vaccine doses, including 11,405 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 118,794 vaccine doses, including 14,140 first doses. In all, Illinois reported it has administered 22,673,553 total doses.

Across Illinois, cases fell in 28 counties, with the best declines in Macon County, with 123 cases from 150 a week earlier; in Warren County, with 19 cases from 35; and in Edgar County, with 8 cases from 19.

In Illinois, 46 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 46 people were reported dead.

A total of 3,169,315 people in Illinois have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 36,093 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 81,863,725 people have tested positive and 997,526 people have died.

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Illinois's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, May 8.

Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 2,727
  • The week before that: 2,501
  • Four weeks ago: 2,286

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 45,875
  • The week before that: 42,092
  • Four weeks ago: 37,354

 

Hospitals in 36 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 32 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 35 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.