COVID-19 positivity rates drop in southwestern Illinois

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COVID-19 positivity rates fell again this week in southwest Illinois – with no county reporting more than 4.4% – as the availability of intensive care beds and vaccinations have also increased.

Here’s a breakdown of the vaccine distribution and positivity rate data from October 21-27 in Region 4.

Vaccination Region 4

According to data released by the state health department on Wednesday, 331,542 Residents of region 4 have been fully vaccinated of the estimated 660,225 who live in the region, or about 50.2%. This is an increase of 2,841 people from the previous week.

Region 4 includes the counties of Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington.

Vaccination figures for Region 4 increased this week while remaining fairly stable since early September:

  • 3,480 people were fully vaccinated from September 2 to 8.
  • Nearly 4,500 people were fully vaccinated from September 9 to 15.
  • 3,883 people were fully vaccinated from September 16 to 22.
  • 3,496 people were fully vaccinated from September 23 to 29.
  • 3,093 people were fully vaccinated from September 30 to October 30. 6.
  • 2,436 people were fully vaccinated from October 7 to 13.
  • 2,576 people were fully vaccinated from October 14 to 20.

Madison and St. Clair counties continue to immunize the largest number of people in Region 4, combining to fully immunize 2,338 people from October 21 to 27. This is an increase from the 2,143 people who were fully vaccinated the week of October 14-20.

Distribution of vaccines by county

Here is the latest vaccination data from Region 4:

  • Bond County: 6,906 people were fully vaccinated, or 41.53% of the population. This is an increase of 51 people from a week ago.
  • Clinton County: 18,816 people were fully vaccinated, or 49.99% of the population. This is an increase of 152 people from a week ago.
  • Madison County: 136,264 people were fully vaccinated, or 51.53% of the population. This is an increase of 1,270 people from a week ago.
  • Monroe County: 18,584 people were fully vaccinated, or 54.13% of the population. This is an increase of 93 people from a week ago.
  • Randolph County: 14,334 people were fully vaccinated, or 44.65% of the population. This is an increase of 145 people from a week ago.
  • County of Sainte-Claire: 129,545 people were fully vaccinated, or 49.62% of the population. This is an increase of 1,068 people from a week ago.
  • Washington County: 7,093 people were fully vaccinated, or 50.68% of the population. This is an increase of 62 people from a week ago.

For state totals, according to data as of Wednesday, 7,235,077 Illinois residents were fully immunized, or 56.79%. This is an increase of 51,710 people from the previous week after the state reported 47,980 people were fully vaccinated from October 14 to 20.

Region 4 positivity rate

The positivity rate for Region 4 as a whole and among its individual counties continues to show promising trends.

The positivity rate is a key measure Illinois Department of Public Health measures to determine whether to reinstate restrictions.

Below are some trends for Region 4 from October 21 to 27, according to data released Wednesday by the state’s health department.

  • The positivity rate for Region 4 fell from 3.1% last week to 2.2% this week.
  • Region 4’s positivity rate has remained below 5% since September 22 and below 3% since October 18.
  • All seven counties have reported declines since the start of September, as has Region 4 as a whole.
  • Five of the seven counties reported positivity rates below 3%.
  • The highest positivity rate reported by any of the seven counties was 4.4%.

Here’s a more detailed look at the seven-day rate fluctuations for Region 4 counties from a week ago and into early September, according to the most recent data released Wednesday by the state’s health department:

  • Region 4: 2.2% on October 24; 3.1% on October 17; and 6.6% on September 3.
  • Bond County: 2.5% on October 24; 4.3% on October 17; and 6.4% on September 3.
  • Clinton County: 1.4% on October 24; 4.5% on October 17; and 5.5% on September 3.
  • Madison County: 2.1% on October 24; 3.2% on October 17; and 6.9% on September 3.
  • Monroe County: 4.4% on October 24; 3.8% on October 17; and 8.1% on September 3.
  • Randolph County: 2.5% on October 24; 5.1% on October 17; and 6.0% on September 3.
  • County of Sainte-Claire: 2.1% on October 24; 2.4% on October 17; and 6.4% on September 3.
  • Washington County: 3.1% on October 24; 2.1% on October 17; and 10.9% on September 3.

The availability of ICU beds in Region 4 has jumped dramatically, from 29% last week to 34% on Wednesday, according to state data. It was 21% at the beginning of September; in contrast, the availability of intensive care beds has remained at 30% or more since October 18.


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